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katok
Apr 23, 2004, 10:40 PM
What are good hard drives that you can put in the new powerbooks?

atari1356
Apr 23, 2004, 11:05 PM
What are good hard drives that you can put in the new powerbooks?

Hitachi makes a 60gig 7200RPM drive... or you can get the PowerBook built-to-order with an 80gig 5400RPM drive.

As far as what brands are good, I'd say at this point you can't really go wrong... Hitachi/Toshiba/Fujitsu/etc are all quiet (although some have a larger cache than others).

spaceballl
Apr 24, 2004, 05:09 AM
As far as fast drives, there are currently two 7200rpm laptop drives available.

Hitachi makes a 60gb 8mb cache drive.
Toshiba makes a 50gb 16mb cache drive.

The hitachi is benchmarked as an extremely fast hard drive. However, the toshiba drive is very new, and there is not much info about it available.

I just ordered a Toshiba for my iBook today.


-Kevin

aswitcher
Apr 24, 2004, 05:44 AM
As far as fast drives, there are currently two 7200rpm laptop drives available.

Hitachi makes a 60gb 8mb cache drive.
Toshiba makes a 50gb 16mb cache drive.

The hitachi is benchmarked as an extremely fast hard drive. However, the toshiba drive is very new, and there is not much info about it available.

I just ordered a Toshiba for my iBook today.


-Kevin


What do these drives do (if anything) to power consumption?

CrackedButter
Apr 24, 2004, 06:42 AM
What is the 80GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive on offer from Apple?

I can't find anything about it from their website. Does it have a good cache?

JFreak
Apr 24, 2004, 06:59 AM
What do these drives do (if anything) to power consumption?

in my experience, the hitachi takes the same amount of power, if not less, than the stock 4200rpm drive apple uses. this info based on the fact that i exchanged my older powerbook's (667dvi) hd into the hitachi one and its battery life was just the same after the change, maybe even little longer.

Bear
Apr 24, 2004, 08:33 AM
What is the 80GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive on offer from Apple?

I can't find anything about it from their website. Does it have a good cache?If it's the Hitachi Travelstar 5K80, then it has an 8MB buffer.

chabig
Apr 24, 2004, 05:20 PM
If it's the Hitachi Travelstar 5K80, then it has an 8MB buffer.

My Powerbook will probably get here Tuesday. I'll let you know what model the 80GB drive is.

Chris

chabig
Apr 26, 2004, 10:57 AM
OK. It arrived this morning.

The hard drive is indeed the Hitachi 5K80 80GB model number HTS548080M9AT00.

Interestingly, the optical superdrive is reported as a Matshu****a UJ-825. I have not previously seen or heard of this model.

Chris

spaceballl
Apr 26, 2004, 11:34 AM
Matsu****sa is a big company in Japan. They make A LOT of computer / electronics products, but they make them for other companies and the other companies re-brand them.

chabig
Apr 26, 2004, 12:39 PM
Yes. Matshu****a makes Panasonic products. But I have not heard of the UJ-825 drive before. This must be a new model (4x). So I did some web searching. This drive supposed to be compatible with CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM. Perhaps Apple will provide DVD+R support in Tiger.

Chris

tgbikes2
Apr 26, 2004, 12:58 PM
put hitachi 7200 rpm 60 gig hard drive in my 12" powerbook, definatly worth the money, boot time is about 1/3 the time as old hard drive. As far as battery life goes, ive noticed that my powerbook gets about 15-3o mins more than original apple drive.

mikeyredk
Apr 26, 2004, 09:58 PM
hey if you can wait a bit toshiba is planning on selling 100 gig hard drives