would this help heat issues on Powerbook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Marc the Mac, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2002
    United Kingdom
    I'm thinking of using a 12" Powerbook as my main mac connected to a Flat Panel. It seems that most of the comments about heat are generated from the hard drive - is this right?

    If so would the following setup help?
    At my desk I run my mac on an external Firewire drive - backing up to my Mac HD regularly. Then intensive tasks are using the external firewire instead of the internal HD. Thus reducing heat within the Powerbook.

    When I need to go on the move ( i copy/backup my working files to the internal HD if necessary) I just unplug from my Flat Panel and firewire drive and I'm off. Work on the move is likely to be less intensive that the type of stuff I do at my desk.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Sol
    macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    On paper your solution would work but in practice you will propably find it too inconvinient. Sooner or later you will end up with two copies of the same file on two drives, unable to decide which one should be deleted. In your shoes I would purchase a desktop Mac for the power and an iPod for partial portability.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    I'm not sure whether seeking/reading/writing generates the most heat on the hard drive, as compared with rotation. But for most folks, the heat is not really an issue anyway.

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