Biggest HDD for the MBP?

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  1. SSpiro macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the 2.16GHz C2D MBP.. I'd like to upgrade the HDD..

    What is the biggest HDD I can buy to install? What type of HD should I look for? I'm a Mac noob :hs:

    I plan on buying a WD WorldBook TB firewire drive.. just haven't ordered it yet. I'd like to get a large HDD internally as well.. couple hundred GB, if I can..
     
  2. iSee macrumors 68040

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  3. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't even think of checking on There.. Thanks for posting.

    200gb? That's disappointing.. but better then 120, I suppose.
     
  4. Jookbox macrumors 6502

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    just realize 200gb is one of the largest if not largest on any notebook. i'm getting a mbp in the coming months and i'm just going to carry an external drive. the faster 120gb drive will do just fine then.
     
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    most websites don't even offer 180gb and up like newegg
     
  6. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I'll be carrying an external as well.. No biggie.

    Thanks!
     
  7. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    300 GB SATA 2.5" drives are coming out soon! I can't wait.
     
  8. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Now THAT would be worth it..
     
  9. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    300GB would be most excellent. Give say 80GB to WinXP and that leaves a healthy 200GB for MacOX. Now we are talking!! :cool:
     
  10. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Yeah the new Fujitsu 300 GB sata 2.5" hd's are supposed to be out this month in fact!
     
  11. Joel Beason macrumors member

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    mine is only 100gb, but I got the 7200rpm one, and I have my external 300 gb so I'm fine
     
  12. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    But isn't lugging around the external 300 gb too heavy in an attache case?
     
  13. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's my thought as well.. What a pain..
     
  14. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Remember, the 200 GB is going to be slower. I chose to go with the 160 GB for my MacBook because it's cheaper and faster; if you do any video editing, stay away from the 200.
     
  15. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good thought..

    I wonder what the speed of the 300GB drive is going to be?
     
  16. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    Fujitsu along with another vendor announced larger 2.5" SATA drives last month. That being said, these drives will probably not be able to fit in current production Mac notebooks.

    Drives presently in use are 9.5 mm tall (or thick). The new higher capacity drives are 12 mm tall, enough that they would not fit in the space presently used by current 2.5" notebook drives.

    :(

    MD
     
  17. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That sucks.
     
  18. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    Careful when you compare the speed of two drives with different capacities. Just like processors, there are multiple factors that contribute to their performance beyond the published "speed". While it is true that a 5400 RPM drive will be faster than a 4200 RPM drive of the same capacity, a 200 GB drive has a higher physical density on the platters, so it stands to reason that it doesn't have to spin quite as fast as a drive with less physical density.

    Basically, this means that a 200 GB drive at 4200 RPM performs about the same as a 160 GB drive at 5400 RPM. If you notice a difference in day-to-day use, you're kidding yourself.

    If you're doing video editing, you should be using an external drive no matter the speed of your internal. Even a 7200 RPM laptop drive won't be as fast as your external, and it's a better idea to keep your OS and applications on a separate drive anyway. Unless, of course, you don't really need to eek out every ounce of speed from your system because it's casual video editing... which really means you'll be fine with a 5400 RPM drive in the first place.
     

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