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I'm looking to upgrade my MBP 2.2 GHz Intel computer. Aperture 2 has been beach-balling me more than I like, although most of my other programs seem to run pretty smoothly overall.

Am I better served upgrading my 2 gb memory to the max 4 gb, or upgrading my 5400 rpm drive to a 7200 rpm drive? A couple of points: I will be doing both eventually (probably within 5 months of each other) but don't have the money for both now. My current hdd is only half-full so space (and any increased speed by additional drive space) may not yet be an issue. My thoughts about a new 7200 drive is more a write speed issue.

Will I gain in more Aperture speed with more memory or a faster write speed onto my drive. Thanks.
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I'd go with the memory so that you don't get the beach ball. The HDD can wait.
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I agree, definitely go with the memory upgrade. Aperture needs memory especially if you're working with very large photo files.

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So i've had the memory upgrade (maxed at 4gb) for a couple of months now. I'm now getting ready to change out my harddrive. I've noticed that Seagate has put out a 7200 rpm 500gb drive that looks tempting. Of course there are no reviews on it yet (heat, noise) and Seagate is just getting over a HDD lemon issue on one of their models, so I'm thinking of holding off for a bit.

I know most sites are backordered on that drive. Anyone get their hands on it yet? I was wavering between a 320gb 7200 rpm drive vs a 500gb 5400 rpm drive, but that may be a moot point now with Seagates introduction. I had also read that past 250gb on a 320gb HDD performance slows drastically, so I don't want to be hampered by disk size like that.

Kind of rambling, but any thoughts?

I just noticed that Seagate dropped their usual 5yr warranty on the 500gb drive to 3yrs!?
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I personally would go with a Western Digital hard drive.


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So i've had the memory upgrade (maxed at 4gb) for a couple of months now. I'm now getting ready to change out my harddrive. I've noticed that Seagate has put out a 7200 rpm 500gb drive that looks tempting. Of course there are no reviews on it yet (heat, noise) and Seagate is just getting over a HDD lemon issue on one of their models, so I'm thinking of holding off for a bit.

I know most sites are backordered on that drive. Anyone get their hands on it yet? I was wavering between a 320gb 7200 rpm drive vs a 500gb 5400 rpm drive, but that may be a moot point now with Seagates introduction. I had also read that past 250gb on a 320gb HDD performance slows drastically, so I don't want to be hampered by disk size like that.

Kind of rambling, but any thoughts?

I just noticed that Seagate dropped their usual 5yr warranty on the 500gb drive to 3yrs!?
Hello! What about the memory upgrade? Did Aperture get faster with the extra 2gb? I often work with large raw files and I think my iMac (MB324) also needs more memory to make Aperture happy...
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