What is the fastest & largest HD for iBook G4?

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  1. BoardCertified macrumors newbie

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    Is 7200RPM 80G the best I can hope for? Any 10,000RPM drives out there?
     
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  3. ephex macrumors member

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    if you feel up for it, you can take out the stock hard drive and put in one of your choice... doing this will likely void your warranty though i'm not sure.

    also, you've got to realize that the faster the hard drive, the more energy required to spin it, and the less battery life you get.
     
  4. BoardCertified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My MacGenius roomie says that an increase in RPM will be negligable to battery life, but he doesn't know of any HD for iBook over 7200RPM.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    SATA is not possible on a portable computer unless it has a SATA contoller and interface. No portable does that I am aware of.

    SATA is not a "better" version of IDE, SATA is a totally different physical, logical and electrical interface.

    Thanks
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  6. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....There are now 100GB 5400rpm drives for laptops...I think that is as big/fast as you'll find....about $250us though.....oh yeah!
     
  7. carlos700 macrumors regular

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    There are Serial ATA Hard Drives for Notebooks now, in fact I believe a Eurocom 900 Phantom uses them.
     
  8. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    How come we are seeing 500GB 3.5 drives, 60GB iPod drives, and yet 2.5 Portable drives are only just hitting 100GB? They aren't even very fast... I have an 80GB 4800RPM drive, and while my HD is full, and I need more room, I can't imagine offloading anything to an external drive that I can't take with me everywhere.

    I wouldn't pay for anything less than a 120/140GB 7200RPM drive...why aren't we seeing these, this day in age? it's not like 80GB drives were cutting edge over a year ago when I bought my laptop...

    ~Tyler
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You're right - announced Nov. 2004
    Did you see the prices? 80 GB SATA 5400 RPM 9.5mm 2.5" SATA drive CAN$795 / US$595 !!
    YoW.
    Wonder whose drives they are using and when they will be shipping in quantity?

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  10. BoardCertified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Come on people, you're not helping! I am quite aware of 5400RPM 80-100G drives available and even 7200 RPM 60-80G drives.

    Can we do any better than 7200RPM yet? or at least 100-140G 7200RPM?

    As a side note:

    There is rumored to be a 15000RPM EIDE drive capable of installing Windows XP on a PeeCee in under 9 minutes.
     
  11. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Okay, I'll help.
    The best you can do is 100GB 5400RPM, or 80GB 7200RPM, and you can't do no better right now. And that's a fact.

    Lee Tom
     
  12. mcgarry macrumors 6502a

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    How about heat-on-the-lap increase with rpm increase? just curious
     
  13. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...well, if we are not helping to your satisfaction, perhaps you can try doing your own searches of various drive manufacturers websites and online dealers etc etc and then report back to us....oh yeah!
     
  14. daveL macrumors 68020

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    You have your answer, you just don't seem to want to accept it :) The Hitachi 7200 RPM 80 GB drive is the fastest/largest notebook drive at this time (there may be drives speced the same from other manufacturers).

    There have been 15k rpm desktop drives for some time. The problem with 10k and 15k rpm drives is lower capacity, since they have to cut down the platter size to keep them from flying apart. These drives also run *very* hot; I doubt you'll see them in a laptop, ever.
     
  15. BoardCertified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to everyone.

    I appreciate the help of all of you - the previous post was a bit more sarcastic than anything else since a few people were dancing around the issue.

    80 @ 7200PRM is nothing to sneeze at I suppose.

    ---to answer the "heat-on-lap" ratio to "HD RPM" question:

    MacGenius roomie says absolutely no correlation whatsoever. SPIN-AWAY junkies, spin-way. :D
     
  16. daveL macrumors 68020

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    I've had the Hitachi 7200 RPM drive in my TiBook for nearly a year without any problems. It runs 24x7 (folding). I put the original drive in a fw enclosure and now use it as a cloned disk backup.
     
  17. BoardCertified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That does seem to be the popular way to go.
     

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