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  1. IDANNY macrumors 6502a

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    which hard drive is the best fastest most reliable

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    80.0GB Hitachi/IBM Travelstar 80GN 4200rpm 8MB Data Buffer 9.5mm UltraSlim 2.5" NoteBook Drive. 3yr Hitachi Warranty. (HIT08K0635) more info...
    $169.95

    2.
    80GB Hitachi/IBM Travelstar 5K80 5400RPM 8MB Buffer ATA/6 9.5mm UltraSlim, New with 3yr Hitachi Warranty. (HIT08K0639) more info...
    $197.99

    3.
    80.0GB Toshiba 4200rpm 8MB Cache 9.5mm SuperSlim. 3yr Toshiba Warranty. (TOSMK8025GAS) more info...
    $167.99

    4.
    80.0GB Toshiba MK8026GAX 5400RPM 9.5MM SuperSlim Notebook Drive with LARGE 16MB Data buffer! New with 3yr Toshiba Warranty. (TOSMK8026GAX) more info...
    $219.95

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    80.0GB Fujitsu 4200rpm 2048k Cache 9.5mm SuperSlim. 3yr Fujitsu Warranty. (FUJMHT2080AT) more info...
    $189.99

    6.
    80.0GB Fujitsu 5400RPM 8MB Cache 9.5mm SuperSlim. 3yr Fujitsu Warranty. (FUJMHT2080AH) more info...
    $229.99
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I know someone does a 7200RPM laptop drive, you'd be best off with that really, faster HDD's give quite a performance boost in laptops by all accounts. Hopefully someone else can remember who makes it...is it Hitachi?
     
  3. solvs macrumors 603

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    If you can wait a bit, there are 100GB drives in production right now. They'll be about $250.

    Otherwise, for speed - 60GB 7200 RPM drive
    Capacity/Price - 80GB 5400 Toshiba.
     
  4. IDANNY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks

    If anybody has the name it will be much appreciated. Also dose the speed make I big difference could somebody please explain it to me. THANK YOU
     
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    Hitachi makes the 60GB 7200, and will be making the 100GB.

    If you are looking at OWC for those prices, it's about $209 there.
     
  6. IDANNY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool THanks

    Do you by any chance know how long until the 100 gb comes out
     
  7. IDANNY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And

    What dose CACHE do?

    Will These all work on my
    Titanium G4 VGA Gigabit
    667mhz
     
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    i would go for nr 4 or nr 2.
    Fuijitsu hasn't had the best rep for their drives lately..
    4200 drives are much slower than a 5400 drive.
     
  9. solvs macrumors 603

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    Cache is the buffer in the hard drive, kinda like a smaller version of RAM specific to the device (CPUs have it, too).

    They will work fine. Any 2.5" drive should.

    The 100GB drive is already being produced and will be used in some PC manufactures Laptops. Hopefully Apple's too (eventually). But supply is going to be tight for awhile, so probably not for a few months. And it will be pretty expensive at first. But they are coming. Eventually.
     
  10. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for the IBM, i understand that they use higher quality bearings than other drives
     
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    I have found out from personal experience that speed matters. There is a big difference between 4800 and 5400. When I boot Mac os 10 of my 7200 rpm lacie ext. hd, its runs even faster for games and some apps. Speed Matters!
     
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    Like some else has stated, #2 or #4 are the best. Actually, #4 is better than #2 because of the buffer/cache.

    And I don't think you need a laptop with a 7200 rpm HD, as that may kill battery life. The 5400 rpm HD's don't make too much of a difference with battery life, but I'm not sure about 7200rpm, although if you rarely use your laptop on battery power, the 7200 rpm is the best choice because its the fastest.
     
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