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What's the fastest, most reliable drive for the Macbook?
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bishopazrael
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Apr 21, 2008, 12:37 AM
 
Or let me be more clear. What drive can I get to put into a Macbook that is 7200, yet still has a capacity over 250gb? Are my options nil? I know we talked about a 500gb drive but I haven't seen anything about those yet. I've got a 160gb drive in here right now and it's already full. Time to get something bigger.
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Apr 21, 2008, 01:14 AM
 
The largest 7200RPM drive is 200GB.

The only* drive over 250GB is 5400RPM.

* That is available retail and fits in the MacBook.
     
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Apr 21, 2008, 01:16 AM
 
Thanks man.. you're a life saver
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Apr 21, 2008, 01:42 AM
 
I can highly recommend the Momentus.
It's blazingly fast compared to my stock drive, just as quiet, had no noticeable impact on battery time and is very reliable so far.
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Apr 22, 2008, 06:27 AM
 
The Momentus is a good drive, I had one (well two actually) of the 120GBs.

After reviewing BareFeats I decided to go for the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200. It was a bit cheaper than the Seagate, and faster for sustained read/writes.

Although the Momentus should perform better as a boot drive, I do a lot of video work and so the higher sustained speed is an advantage for me.

(And no, I don't capture to the internal drive, but I do frequently encode & transcode to my boot drive, e.g. when making DVDs)
     
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Apr 22, 2008, 10:41 AM
 
Hmmm... I do a lot of writting to the drives as well. If I went with a 320gb drive I'd be doing things like moving my torrent folder from an external firewire to my boot drive. Not sure exactly what I want to do yet but I know I want to do something fairly quick.
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Apr 22, 2008, 10:59 PM
 
Check out the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 series -- they're 7200RPM, feature 16MB cache, and have minimal battery life impact. $170 bucks is the going rate for a 200GB SATA drive.
     
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Apr 22, 2008, 11:46 PM
 
I put one of those 7K200's in my MBP before I sold it -- solid drive. Whisper-quiet, but the general responsiveness of the entire machine went up immensely compared to having the stock 80 GB/5400 drive in there.
     
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Apr 25, 2008, 04:55 PM
 
Has anyone seen WD new raptor drives that are 10,000 rpm fast and are 2.5 inch drives in a 3.25 inch cooling enclosure. I wonder how tall they are and if they are useable in a laptop if removed from their cooling set-up.
     
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Apr 25, 2008, 08:10 PM
 
I'm told it'd melt the plastic of a macbook.
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Apr 25, 2008, 08:17 PM
 
I think they're 12.5mm tall, and at ~6.5W they'd probably overheat in the laptop enclosure if the power supply would even allow that much power to go one.
     
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Apr 27, 2008, 12:39 AM
 
It would be a worthy task to undertake none-the-less. But unfortunately I don't have the funds for that. If anyone reads about someone trying this or even related info on the 10,000rpm drives, just post it!
     
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Apr 27, 2008, 03:05 AM
 
Originally Posted by dowNNshift View Post
Check out the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 series -- they're 7200RPM, feature 16MB cache, and have minimal battery life impact. $170 bucks is the going rate for a 200GB SATA drive.
How about almost 30% cheaper: $129.99

Purchase must be made between 04/25/08 and 05/23/08.

200GB 2.5" Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 7200RPM 16... (0A50940) at OWC

As of 05/02/08, it's even cheaper at the above link!
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Apr 28, 2008, 08:33 PM
 
Wrong thread.
     
   
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