Thread: 7200 or 5400 rpm
10-19-2005, 05:48 PM #1
7200 or 5400 rpm
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- Oct 18, 2005
- Edinburgh Scotland
- Macbook 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4Gb RAM
Ok so the new Powerbook come out today and I'm wanting to get one at the end of this week. I had a look at the upgrades that you can do on it and I'm a little puzzled. In all true mac-forums style I trust that someone can help me out.
Should I get the
-120Gb at 5400rpm or
-100Gb at 7200rpm?
What I'm really wanting to know is will I benefit more from 20 more Gb or more speed? I’m slamming 2Gb or Ram in there so that isn't a limiting factor for the speed.
10-19-2005, 05:56 PM #2lilGuest
IMO,. battery life takes a hit at 7200rpm. 5400rpm is pretty darn fast for a small hard drive. I'd go for the 120gig over the 100gig because it'll be a fast disk as it stands and you get 20gb more space.
Depends what you wish to do though.
10-19-2005, 06:23 PM #3
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Depends on what you are doing, but I would go with the 120 also. Since you are portable, I believe the space is more important.Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!
10-19-2005, 07:01 PM #4
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- Nov 24, 2004
- Black Colorware PowerBook 1.67 GHz G4, 2 GB DDR2, 100GB 7200 RPM
100GB is more than I will ever need, and I like speed. However, how much of a hit will battery life take?'cause when it rains, you know it pours.
10-19-2005, 07:02 PM #5
When it comes to a laptop 100GB of space is more than enough for what most people are doing. If you need more space you are probably doing something more demanding that requires a desktop. Because of that I don't think space is really an issue. Of greater concern would be the battery life. While a 7200rpm drive isn't going to drain your battery, it may cut the total amount of time you can run the system by a bit. It wouldn't be anymore than around 30 minutes. The 7200rpm drive will also offer you noticeable better system responsiveness. If it was me, I'd go with the 100GB 7200rpm drive.Desktop Specs: Core 2 Quad Q6600@ 4.0Ghz | Asus P5E X38 Motherboard | 4GB PC8000 DDRII | EVGA GeForce 8800GTX | CL x-Fi Fatal1ty | 4 x Hitachi 73GB 15,000rpm SAS HDs (RAID 0) | Adaptec 3805 SAS Controller | Dual Sony 16X DVD-RW’s | Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW 24" LCD | Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speakers
10-20-2005, 06:12 PM #6Alone2GetherGuest
Ordered a 17" PB with the 7200RPM yesterday. An external Maxtor 250GB is also on the way.
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