PowerBook G4 - 7200rpm Drive?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dpaanlka, Jun 26, 2006.

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    dpaanlka

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    So I just acquired my mom's PowerBook G4 17" - it's the original 1ghz one with the 4200rpm drive. She bought a MBP as replacement which is awesome I must say (and doesn't moo).

    I do some video editing in FCP, lots of Photoshop, and I play X-Plane a lot which contains 8 gigs of scenery.

    What sort of gains can I expect from a 7200rpm drive replacement? Specifically, the Seagate 100gb option.
     
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    Well, I put a 7200 40GB in my older Ti, and it flew. I have a 4200rpm in there again now, and it feels a lot slower. So yeah, you'll notice the difference, and it will be rather substantial IMHO.

    Edit: Oh, and I just used regular stuff, like Word, Safari, some light Photoshop.
     
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    An upgrade from from a 4200 to 7200rpm drive is a big jump in performance - I upgraded a 1.25 15" G4 with one along with 2GB of RAM and it's great for everything (well except HD h.264 playback and encoding).
     
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    Meh. RAM is far more important overall. But yeah, it'll make some difference, though in my experience not THAT huge of one.
     
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    dpaanlka

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    Hmm intersting. Well I already have a gig of RAM. Do you work with huge files similar to I?
     
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    I try to keep most huge stuff to my Sawtooth (which runs a lot smoother and has CS2 installed), but yeah, I often work with audio, video, and Illustrator/Photoshop/Quark files in the 3-5 gig range. I don't know how big that is in modern terms, but it's pretty big to me.

    I settled on a 5400rpm drive for my ibook after testing out a 7200. The heat difference made using the ibook on anything other than a flat surface nearly impossible; but then, I have an ibook, so that may not be the same issue for a powerbook...
     
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    So did you end up going for the 7200 seagate? if so how is it? Does it run hotter much hotter than before?

    If anyone else has installed a 7200rpm hdd in their powerbook, how's the heat issue? I have a pb "12 1.33ghz that just died on me tonight :( so I need to get that thing replaced in the next couple of days.
     
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    Drastically reduced SEEK times plus faster throughput.
     

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