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drnkn_stylz
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Sep 17, 2006, 03:32 PM
 
I'm pretty sure they exist, or they used to be available. Are there any 9600rpm drives available for iBook/MacBook?
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Sep 17, 2006, 03:39 PM
 
No.
     
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Sep 17, 2006, 07:28 PM
 
haha, nice mduell.
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drnkn_stylz  (op)
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Sep 18, 2006, 03:32 AM
 
Alright then... This is why I asked, I was sure I saw something about HDD's coming in that speed, but I guess not. Normally I would say thanks, but nevermind.
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Sep 18, 2006, 05:15 AM
 
IF they are the same size as regular 2.5" drives they will work.
     
drnkn_stylz  (op)
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Sep 18, 2006, 10:11 AM
 
^^^ Good to know. I did a quick search on Google and didn't really see anything for 9600 rpm drives, so my guess is there isn't any available...
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Sep 18, 2006, 10:39 AM
 
Drives come in 4200, 5400, 7200, 10000, and 15000 RPM. 2.5" drives made for notebooks only go up to 7200 RPM right now, and probably won't ever be higher the the near future due to heat and power limitations. 7200 RPM offers a marginal increase in performance over 5400 in 2.5" drives as it is.
     
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Sep 18, 2006, 11:01 AM
 
Originally Posted by polpo
7200 RPM offers a marginal increase in performance over 5400 in 2.5" drives as it is.
I wouldn't call it marginal. Check this out:
MacBook Pro - 5400rpm

Random read: -5%
Random write: +21%
Large sustained read: +49%
Large sustained write: +62%

For small reads/writes it's not a big deal, but for larger stuff it really makes a difference. I have a 7200 rpm MBP. It boots considerably faster for example than my colleague's otherwise identical 5400 rpm MBP. Also large file transfers are a lot faster. It's really noticeable.

I guess it really depends on what you do. But if you work with large files, the modest surcharge might be well worth it.
     
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Sep 18, 2006, 12:44 PM
 
That's some pretty big gains! My plan was to get a new MacBook with a 60gb. Then order a Seagate 60gb 7200rpm, and install that. Then get a firewire case for the original HDD, and use it for backup
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