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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:12 AM

I'm looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro 17-inch from Best Buy (No Apple Store in my town). When I'm on the Apple website I notice that there is an option for either a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm hard drive, but Best Buy only offers the 5400 rpm drive. Would I notice that big of a difference in loading the OS and files?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:57 AM

View Postsms1295, on 16 May 2012 - 09:12 AM, said:

I'm looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro 17-inch from Best Buy (No Apple Store in my town). When I'm on the Apple website I notice that there is an option for either a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm hard drive, but Best Buy only offers the 5400 rpm drive. Would I notice that big of a difference in loading the OS and files?


It can make a difference but it won't necessarily be a significant one. It will certainly not, for example, be anywhere close to the 33% difference you'd get just by comparing the speeds. Depends quite a bit on the nature of your usage. It's $50 on a $2500 machine and it doesn't look like there's a substantial penalty over what you'd see buying on the spot market, so I think I'd go for it.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for responding.

I was just wondering on the speed since the majority of online sites and retail outlets like Best Buy only offer the 5400 rpm drive option. I'll most likely with with the Best Buy option because the 18 month financing is better better than 12 months from Apple.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:02 AM

View Postsms1295, on 17 May 2012 - 09:43 AM, said:

Thanks for responding.

I was just wondering on the speed since the majority of online sites and retail outlets like Best Buy only offer the 5400 rpm drive option.


Oh that's easy. Most of the 3rd-party vendors won't customize a machine for you. They'll sell Apple's stock configurations and nothing else. The 7200 RPM drive is a BTO option.
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