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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?

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    Question 5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?
    Hey guys, I wanted to know if somebody could help me with this. My MacBook Pro 2011 13" i5 came with a 320GB 5400 Hard Drive. I want to upgrade to a 750 7200RPM Hard Drive. Will there be a noticeable battery drain? Because they have 1TB but only in 5400. 7200 is better speeds right? Thanks for the help in advanced.

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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?
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    Higher speed does equal more heat. If there is a safety factor in your current heating, go for it. If your readings are pretty high, stick with the 5400 as the speed increase will not be a great as you think.

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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?
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    I've had a 7200RPM drive in my MB for more than 2 years now and haven't had a heat issue nor was there are noticeable degradation of my battery quality. I'd say go for it if you're willing to pay the few extra bucks for the speed.
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    honestly, i wouldnt go for anything less than 7200rpm, its the sweet spot. its a slight speed increase but its worth it.
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    If installed 7200 RPM drives in my last two MBPs without issue. You get a nice bump in speed and I haven't noticed any negative downsides to the upgrade. It's really a no brainer.

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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?

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    Thank you guys I definitely made my choice to go with the 750GB 7200RPM wish there was a TB 7200RPM on OWC they only have the TB in 5400 but then again when will I ever fill up 750

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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?

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    But is there maybe a boot up difference with the 7200?

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    There might be a difference depending on what you have running during your boot sequence but it won't be significantly faster.
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    5400 vs 7200 RPM Hard Drive?

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    Oh ok and for running applications at start I have none and I am running Lion which is a tad bit more sluggish on start up then SL was

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