Got me a WD Raptor, 10000 RPM

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by northen, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. northen macrumors member

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    After not being able to find one, I finally got one :D I got the 36.7 GB edition, for about $150 (naughty)... Installing it took about 3 minutes (main time factor was my shakin' nervous handds :p ) Booted up.... It worked :D

    Installed Panther on it.... and now it boots up in like the half time as when it was on my 250 GB Maxtor :eek: Everything feels a -lot- faster too now :cool: Probably due to the VM being quite that bit faster....

    In terms of loudness, I wouldn't say it's much worse than the Maxtors, Apple bundle with their computers... Sure, the seek/read/write sounds are a bit loud, but it's definitely possible to ignore it... heck, I sleep in the same room as it :p

    If there's anyone in here, who's contemplating to get one of these drives, I can only say: GET IT :D
     
  2. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    I wish they made serial ata to firewire hard drive enclosures. Can you imagine hooking it up to a Mac mini and booting of the drive. It would fly!!
     
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Nah, the firewire would be a bottleneck, capping max transfer rates @~40MB/sec and increasing latency and access time..
     
  4. northen thread starter macrumors member

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    And considering the CPU overhead.... oh dear ;)
     
  5. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    Thinking about it ..... Not looking forward to reinstall OS + applications
     
  6. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Drive too small for the trade-off in boot times. Not worth it.
     
  7. northen thread starter macrumors member

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    Awww, it takes 4 hours tops, and you'll be so happy afterwards :D
     
  8. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the same boat. Have now decided to wait until Tiger (when I'd want to do a fresh install anyway) and get it all sorted at the same time.
     
  9. northen thread starter macrumors member

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    When is Tiger supposed to be out anyway? :p
     
  10. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I'll probably wait until the 10k drives get into the 250GB range before I buy, although my SATA controller has one channel left - and it's tempting.
     
  11. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

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    For $150 you could have got the 74GB model from newegg

    Sorry to rain on your parade, I was just surprised that you paid that much, and that you had a hard time finding one.
     
  12. northen thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't live in the US, and subsequently can't shop from NewEgg.
     
  13. Hodapp macrumors 6502a

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    I've got two of the 10K RPM Raptors running RAID 0 in my WinXP gaming PC. You think one is fast? You ain't seen NOTHIN' yet!!!

    I LOVE these drives, and I too am waiting for them to increase in storage capacity, I'd swap out the drives in my G5 in a second when they hit 250GB. I need space more than I need speed in my Mac unfortunately. :(
     
  14. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    The Raptor drives are great. My girlfriend has one of the 74GB drives in her PowerMac G5 and it's blazing fast as a boot drive. It's definitely been worth the money. Congrats.
     
  15. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

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    Likely excuse. :p
     
  16. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    $150 isn't that much for a Raptor if you liive in scandinavia, everything costs twice here compared to the US..
     
  17. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    Damn it, you just ruined my pipe dream! :)
     
  18. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Don't hold your breath; it will be a couple of years, at least, before you see 10K drives that big. Due to the centrifugal forces involved in 10K and 15K drives, they have to cut the plater diameter down to keep the drive from flying apart. Then there's the heat problem. You might see a reliable 150 GB drive in a year or so, but it will be expensive for a while.
     
  19. Windowlicker macrumors 6502a

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    Totally off topic, but how the hell have you got so many computers?! And why?
     
  20. Windowlicker macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed. Sadly. :/ I hope the raptors would hit around 150gb soon.. I'm really interested in getting one.. the problem is I need some space too. this 160gb just isn't quite enough :(
     
  21. Hodapp macrumors 6502a

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    Why not?
     
  22. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Just out of curiosity, but why do you need RAID 0 in a gaming rig? It's not like it drastically improves gaming performance. Do you use the rig for HD-heavy apps too, I'm assuming?
     
  23. Hodapp macrumors 6502a

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    You've never loaded a map in Doom 3. :)
     
  24. neut macrumors 68000

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    Carbon Copy Cloner


    peace.
     
  25. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    There you go, see I didn't even think about map loading times. I knew there was a logical reason. :)
     

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