MBP C2D, 160gb or 120gb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sxl95, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. sxl95 macrumors member

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    I was wondering what people's opinions were on the hard drive options on the 15" MacBook Pro. I was leaning towards the 160gb for the extra capacity, and if it is true, the extra speed.

    Is the 160 actually faster than the 120, or is that a myth? Also, is the extra capacity and (possibly) extra speed worth it? I know that a BTO can't easily be exchanged if there are issues, so I want to know what people here would suggest.

    -Sam
     
  2. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    When I bought my Powerbook three years ago, I stuck with the standard 60GB drive. I figured it would be plenty of space.

    So, of course, for the past year I've had to juggle files in order to not run out of room.

    My new Macbook Pro was BTO with the 160GB drive option - if the 200GB hadn't been 4200RPM, I might've went with that. Anyway, my advice is to get the 160GB drive.
     
  3. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the 160 GB is faster, since it has a higher bit density rate. Just check out barefeats benchmarks (can't find link right now).

    If I was to buy an MBP from this revision, I'd go with the 160 GB.
     
  4. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    I just ordered a MBP last Wednesday with the 160 GB HD. Much to my chagrin, I need to run AutoCad and Adobe CS (which I bought before I got my first mac) extensively so I need to use Boot Camp. Having two OS's installed will eat up a lot of hard drive space. I had also heard that the 160 GB was fast, so I'm hoping that is true.
     
  5. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone have any details on the 200GB drive? I heard that because of the way it's manufactured its as fast if not faster then the 160GB even though it says its only 4,200RPM. Does anyone know if this is true? I'm debating between the 160GB and 200GB.
     
  6. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Does anyone know the brands of the 200GB and 160GB?
     
  7. Daverinfl macrumors member

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    Here's a screenshot of my 160 HD. Hope it helps. Also to the OP, it seems some 120GB models are Fujitsu LMR while some are Hitachi PMR and seems to be luck of the draw between the two. All 160GB drives reported have been Hitachi PMR as below.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    200gb is not faster than 160gb, contrary to what some articles have claimed.
     
  9. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you hear it? I'd like to read the article as I am going to be purchasing one or the other soon
     
  10. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Darn, not Seagate. Thanks. :)
     
  11. sxl95 thread starter macrumors member

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    Isn't the Hitachi also perpendicular?

    Also, is the perpendicular 160 really faster than the 120?

    -Sam
     
  12. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    From what I've heard, yes, but I'd like to see some articles that back it up.
     
  13. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    My MBP has a Seagate drive. Apple has contracts with a number of different drive manufacturers, but of course you're not guaranteed any particular brand.
     
  14. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    But what size is it?
     
  15. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    100gb 7200rpm
     

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