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MacBook HD upgrade to 7200 rpm... can it take the heat?


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Hi,
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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Mine still runs just as quiet as the original 5400 RPM HDD. >_>"

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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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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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I've been running a 7200RPM drive for about two years now. No extra heat or noise.


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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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thanks to all that have replied!

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