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Hard Drive rpms in a macbook


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:57 PM

I've been configuring macbooks this afternoon. A faster hdd - I always try for a 7200 rpm - seems to make a difference on a pc. Is a 7200 vs a 5400 rpm worth the price difference on a macbook?
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 09:06 PM

In general, there is a noticeable improvement in performance, b/w 5400 & 7200 RPM hard drives. The latter is obviously faster.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 06:25 PM

You'd probably save money by buying your MacBook with the cheapest harddrive available and then buying separately a high-speed drive. For example, you can buy a WD 320GB 7200rpm drive at Newegg.com for $60, or a Seagate 500GB 7200rpm drive also at Newegg for $75; upgrading from a 320GB 5400 to a 500GB 700 at the Apple store costs $150 EXTRA. Just swap the drives (very easy on current models, there are plenty of guides online), stick in the discs that came with your computer, and install, and now you have an upgraded hard drive, extra cash in the bank, and an extra hard drive you can use as a backup, an external storage drive (with a $20 adapter), or you can try to sell.

ifixit.com has awesome guides: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Browse/Mac
I get 90% of my computer stuff at http://www.newegg.com because of great selection, good return policy, and great prices. If you don't like buying online, there's always Fry's, Best Buy, and local shops.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 01:55 PM

Thanks Jaguar45,
That's something I didn't think of.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening




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