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daniel3000bc
Apr 25, 2008, 12:54 AM
Hi!
I`m about to buy a MBP 2.4 4GB ram and I wonder about the hard drive speed.
After checking all the deals I can get MBP with 7200 in $2100 and the 5400 in $1850. (Mac Connection, you lose the 150 rebate if you modify it and they have to order it)

I know it`s much better to use the 7200 but the question is if an 7200 external hard can solve this thing? If I store the sound libraries on the 7200external hard drive will it make no difference in the speed dealing with audio?

I am using many virtual synths simultaneously

Thank you so much!

Daniel



junior
Apr 25, 2008, 04:46 AM
Hi!
I`m about to buy a MBP 2.4 4GB ram and I wonder about the hard drive speed.
After checking all the deals I can get MBP with 7200 in $2100 and the 5400 in $1850. (Mac Connection, you lose the 150 rebate if you modify it and they have to order it)

I know it`s much better to use the 7200 but the question is if an 7200 external hard can solve this thing? If I store the sound libraries on the 7200external hard drive will it make no difference in the speed dealing with audio?

I am using many virtual synths simultaneously

Thank you so much!

Daniel

It's always better to have an external drive for your session and sound files.

But also, why not get the MBP with the 5200rpm drive and then buy a 2.5" 7200rpm drive later and replace it? You'll not only get the rebate but you'll also be able to get the drive for a cheaper price. Install the 5000rpm drive into a bus-powered case and take it around with you for backup etc.

So my personal recommendation would be:
1. Buy MBP with standard drive
2. Buy 7200rpm 2.5" drive at a separate store to replace original drive.
3. Buy an external 3.5" 7200rpm drive (Or a case plus drive of your choice. I like seagate. Bought 500GB drive last week for $100).
4. Buy an external 2.5" drive case to put the original 5200rpm disk into.


I think you're set!:)

fernmeister
Apr 25, 2008, 09:05 AM
Running a fast external drive is a smart move. I would take the 7200 external and 5400 internal over a 7200 internal and no external, especially if you are running big sample libraries.

But, the question is how you will work on the move. The fast internal gives you the option to work at a better capacity in a more portable mode.

daniel3000bc
Apr 25, 2008, 06:24 PM
No doubt that I`ll have an external 7200 drive anyway.
Now the only question is if this 7200 internal from mac worth the $250 difference or not.

donnow...

Thank!

Daniel

Consultant
Apr 29, 2008, 01:19 PM
Part of $250 would get you that 7200rpm drive, but you'll pay upward of $75 to have your drive replaced by a professional. (I personally am not going to mess around with my 17" MBP while under warranty)

Cost will even out after install cost, but you will gained a 5400rpm drive, your cost is downtime to find someone to replace the drive and to bring it in and get it replaced.