I will soon be replacing my 1.67GHz Powerbook with a 2.67GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro. I am trying to figure out if I should get the 250GB 5400rpm hard drive or the 200GB 7200rpm. I don't do much a lot of hard core computing. I write papers in latex using TeXshop, listen to music with itunes do some small computations in GAP/maple/mathematica, make figures for my papers in Adobe Illustator (not 3D figures though), email/web. My main concern is heat and battery life. I fly to Europe/Asia a couple of time a year and like to have long battery life for the flights. I am thinking I should go for the larger size hard drive (250GB 5400 rpm) because it will give me more space for my music. Any thoughts? Is there a significant increase in speed with the 7200rpm? I have heard that having a hard drive with more empty space is more important for actual speed than the rpm in some cases.
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4/25/08 at 1:29pm