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How much of a difference does the Hard Drive RPM make? I just baught the MacBook Pro and I opted for the 200GB drive @ 4200 RPM. I'm not doing anything outside of iLife, so did I make the correct choice or is 5400 RPM a major factor? I'd like to hear what any of you have to say.

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How much of a difference does the Hard Drive RPM make? I just baught the MacBook Pro and I opted for the 200GB drive @ 4200 RPM. I'm not doing anything outside of iLife, so did I make the correct choice or is 5400 RPM a major factor? I'd like to hear what any of you have to say.

 

For what you need your Mac to do then no its not a consideration and will run very very well, its only when you step into the realms of Video editing, CAD and Pro Audio that RPM would be a factor.

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How much of a difference does the Hard Drive RPM make? I just baught the MacBook Pro and I opted for the 200GB drive @ 4200 RPM. I'm not doing anything outside of iLife, so did I make the correct choice or is 5400 RPM a major factor? I'd like to hear what any of you have to say.

 

 

I'm a Graphic Designer, so I'm always using intense programs (i.e. - Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, etc.) but conserns for that usually reside more on the memory-side of things. But admittedly - I'm a speed freak, so I enjoy my systems running a 7200 RPM drive (especially for opening/working with/saving/moving/etc.) large documents. If you're just doing web, E-mail, and iLife stuff you should be fine. Plus, it's always easy (and usually cheap enough) to upgrade said drive when/if you feel you need more UMPF! in your machine...

 

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Due to the density of the data on the platters, there is virtually no difference between the 5400 and 4200 drives. It's only when you put a 7200 drive in your laptop will you see much difference (and a massive drop in battery life too...).

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Due to the density of the data on the platters, there is virtually no difference between the 5400 and 4200 drives. It's only when you put a 7200 drive in your laptop will you see much difference (and a massive drop in battery life too...).

 

 

You nailed it, a 7200RPM drive will have a noticable impact on speed & battery life.

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Great information! Thank you so much guys!

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