Better hard drives for the new powerbooks

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by katok, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    What are good hard drives that you can put in the new powerbooks?
     
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    atari1356

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    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).
     
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    spaceballl

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    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
     
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    aswitcher

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

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    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?
     
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    JFreak

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    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.
     
  7. macrumors G3

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    If it's the Hitachi Travelstar 5K80, then it has an 8MB buffer.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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

    Chris
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    It's here!

    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
     
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    spaceballl

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    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.
     
  11. macrumors 68000

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    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
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  13. macrumors 65816

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    hey if you can wait a bit toshiba is planning on selling 100 gig hard drives
     

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