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  1. #1

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    Nov 22, 2009
    MacBook HD upgrade to 7200 rpm... can it take the heat?
    I'm thinking of upgrading my white MacBook (2Ghz Core Duo) internal HD to a 320Gb 7200 rpm one... for faster overall performance

    My only doubt is that since the laptop gets already quite hot, the faster spinning drive will make things worse

    Don't want to end up with a laptop where the fan is always on at full speed (too much noise for me)

    Anyone has tried similar upgrades and can share impressions?

    all the best from here


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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Mine still runs just as quiet as the original 5400 RPM HDD. >_>"

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    Member Since
    Nov 22, 2009
    cheers crimson

    in the meantime I've found a compared 2.5 drive test here

    Five 2.5-inch hard drives at 500GB - The Tech Report - Page 1

    not sure how good this article is but it made me think about the effective performance boost of a 7200 rpm drive over a 5400

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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '11 1.8 i7 4GB 10.10; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.10; 5s & 5c
    That particular WD Blue is just an outstanding drive and is not indicative of the differences between the 320GB drives.
    I believe that's also why WD hasn't been in any hurry to put out a 7200 RPM 500 GB drive.

    edit: Like Kash (below) there are many of us that have been running the 320GB 7200RPM drives since they hit the market about two years ago.
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    Kash's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    I've been running a 7200RPM drive for about two years now. No extra heat or noise.

    June 2007
    July 2009

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    GK27V6's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 20, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario
    white MacBook - 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB HD iPhone Specs: white 3GS - 32GB
    I wouldn't even consider a 5400RPM drive ever again. 7200s are just as quiet and don't pose any battery life reductions (common myth), and make the computer faster all-around. I'm very satisfied.

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    Member Since
    Nov 22, 2009
    thanks to all that have replied!


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