Toshiba 200GB 2.5" HDD is FANTASTIC!!!

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  1. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    I've recently purchased the Toshiba 200GB 2.5" HDD for my 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook and have to say that it's probably the best hard drive I've ever purchased.

    I read a lot of disparaging comments about the speed of this drive but have to say that in my hands on experience they are mostly uneducated assumptions. While the drive may not carry the same throughput in day to day use for common tasks such as startup, email, surfing, iPhoto, iTunes I have to say the drive actually feels faster than the OEM 80GB drive that the MacBook came with. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that I only had 3GB left on the 80GB drive (this with most of my files still on backup drive after recently switching from a MDD PowerMac with over 400GBs of storage. Most of the tests I saw tested the speed of this drive compared to other higher RPM drives when the drives were empty. In the real world most people will not be using an empty drive and under normal conditions (being full of data) the 200GB drive while spinning 4200rpm with it's higher data density will typically match the performance of the higher rpm drives. Another frequent comment was on the drive access time. In reality I find the drive (typically spun down) takes much less time to spin up and therefore accesses much quicker from sleep then any drive I have ever used before. An interesting side benefit that I can only attribute to the drive is that since installing my battery life has increased by about 30minutes from typical 3.5-4 hours to 4-4.5hours. Also this drive is dead quiet you have to put your ear to the computer to hear it.

    To anyone drooling over the extra space but put off by the comments that many are posting on the internet about this drive I have to say ignore them you couldn't ask for more out of a laptop drive.
     
  2. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Interesting to say the least, I did hear similar reports about this. It would be nice to know how it goes when the disk is accessed during swapping when you are out of RAM, or when compiling, since that requires quite a lot of disk access.
     
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  4. MacBandit thread starter macrumors 604

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    NewEgg.com for $259.99.
     
  5. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a 200GB hd in my MBP, it's also a Toshiba (the same model I guess?, mine's an MK2035GSS). Feels good in everyday use.

    I figured I may as well go with the 200GB hd since I really need as much space as I could get and it wouldn't be any slower than those in the laptops I've been using for the past 6 years.
     
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    I ordered a 200GB in my new MPB that's arriving tomorrow - with the similar assumption that the reduced power useage would be a plus
     
  7. MacBandit thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yup same model.

    Intesting thing is that Fujitsu announced yesterday a 250 and 300GB 2.5" HDD. Can't wait to see the astonomical price for those beauties.

    http://crunchgear.com/2006/12/11/fujitsu-announces-300gb-laptop-hard-drive/
     
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  9. MacBandit thread starter macrumors 604

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    What's your source?
     

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