Hard Drive FAQ's

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Demon, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. Demon macrumors regular

    Demon

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    hi guys,

    my powerbook G4 12" is dead, the HD failed and i need to replace it.
    apple is asking for 500.00 to replace it with installation. i know, i know, it's ridiculous. :confused:

    so i'm here to ask for some help on choosing a new drive.
    1. does higher RPM mean more battery drain?
    2. does higher RPM mean higher risk of damage?
    3. what is the concensus on the best (mean most reliable and dependable) HD on the market for a powerbook?

    thanks fellow Mac Rumor readers. :)
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    1. Yes and no. In real life there is very little difference between 5400 and 7200 disks, mainly because even if the 7200 uses a bit more power, it typically does so for shorter periods since it's faster, as far as I understand it.

    2. Never heard of it, when talking 4200, 5400 and 7200 disks, but others might have... I'm no expert...

    3. Many good disks out there. I prefer Seagate Momentus, which comes in up to 160 GB sizes </drool>. I would love one for my poor old iBook, but just cannot justify the expense... :eek:
     
  3. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Hi, depending where you live some shops will install a HDD for $40-100 with the purchase of a HDD and it won't void the Apple warranty. There was a company that would do this as well as replace SuperDrives but the name just isn't at the top of my head tonight :eek: (Sorry) I hope someone else brings it up for you. Anyway CompUSA does this...okay here is the link for that company that does this...http://www.mcetech.com/ Took me some time but try here if you don't want to try this yourself.
    Higher RPM has the 6 of one half dozen of the other about batter life and heat issue, just depends who you talk to ;)
    Well good luck and I'm sure others can answer more about the RPM Q much better, even though I'd go with the 7200 if it were me doing it :cool:
     
  4. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Are you following me? Isn't the ocean big enough to swim else where ;) ? Man two or three posts you just beat me with those lighting fingers :p I mean claws...
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Moooaaahhahaha... Mr. Incredible is no match for any of the pincer boys, we move sideways from thread to thread at the speed of light... :D :D :D
     
  6. blackstone macrumors regular

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    If you want to do the hard disk installation yourself, there are instructions online at http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/53.11.0.html

    Be forewarned, though, it takes kind of a long time. Lots of little tiny screws to remove and keep track of.
     
  7. Freymour macrumors newbie

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    Seagate 160 GB

    I purchased a 160 GB 2.5" Seagate drive for my PowerBook at Buy.com for 250 and then had a local shop install it for 90. Works flawlessly.
     
  8. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    replace lots of drives. i prefer samsung spinpoint drives based only on personal experience.

    just for fun, i timed an older ibook g3 i had apart. original 30gb 4200rpm, new 60gb 5400rpm samsung, and refurbed 60gb 7200rpm hitachi. nothing scientific mind you, just computer on, wireless internet, streaming music, etc. the 5400rpm drive lasted the longest from full charge till being dead, lasting just minutes short of 5 hours. the 4200rpm and 7200rpm were almost identical at around 4.5 hours

    your mileage may vary :rolleyes:
     

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