2.5' 500gb 7200rpm Hd

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  1. Smurfed macrumors regular

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    Does one exist at the moment?

    Or actually know when would release?
    I plan on upgrading this stock 200gb 5400rpm hd and putting it in an ext. exclosure.

    But the 320 7200's dont seem much of an upgrade atm.
     
  2. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

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    Dell has it as an option so I am assuming it will sell by itself very soon.
     
  3. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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  4. Smurfed thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh sweet, thanks for providing that link.

    Now I actually know they do exist.
    http://www.betterit.com.au/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=124016

    SEAGATE MOMENTUS 7200.4 2.5 500GB SATA
    16MB CACHE * G-FORCE PROTECTION * 3-YEAR WARRANTY

    Pre Order OK
    99+ available in next shipment
    due to distributor 25/01/09

    I guess the first one will come from Seagate by Jan. 24/25
     
  5. zevot macrumors member

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    wow that puts the drive in my mbp to shame

    wonders how much it is?? :rolleyes:
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    After their 1.5TB desktop drive fiasco, I'd suggest you wait a couple of weeks after its release to make sure there are no issues with the drive.
     
  7. rhyx macrumors 6502

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    Wise move. I just got a WD 500GB 5400RPM. If this seagate turns out to look like a winner I can always upgrade. Laptop hard drives are cheap.
     
  8. urkel macrumors 68030

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    No offense to anyone, but what is with the reason for high speed HDD on a notebook? Obviously a MBP has all the power of a desktop, but if you're doing work that requires high speed data access then you're probably working at your desk so wouldn't you be better off spending that extra cash on an external FW/eSATA drive? You'd get more capacity for less cost, your data is more secure because you aren't dragging it with you and you'll keep better battery life on your notebook with a 5400 drive.

    Anyway, I just picked up a 500GB Passport drive for $129 @ Costco. I popped open the case (using 2 credit cards) and put the 500GB in the new MBP and the 250GB in the old case.
     
  9. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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    I would have thought that a FW drive wouldn't benefit from a higher disk speed, wouldn't there be a bottle neck at the FW connection? I don't know about eSATA though...

    Anyway, this new Seagate drive only came out now cause I finally gave in and got the 320GB instead of waiting. It arrived today, I'll let you know how the install goes when I get around to it.
     
  10. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    FW400 maybe. FW800, no. eSATA, definitely not.
     
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    On my Mini (1.5 gbps SATA), the original 120 gb/5400 rpm/8 mb cache drive is faster than a FW400/500 gb/7200 rpm/16 mb cache drive for nearly all benchmarks. The only time the FW400 drive won was doing large block copies on the same drive, where the larger cache gave it the edge. Considering the MB/MBP have 3 gbps SATA interfaces, I'm sure even FW800 couldn't keep up with its internal 5400 rpm drive.
     
  12. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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    okay thanks for the info on that. So Firewire 400 is 400Mbits/s, 800 is 800Mbits/s, while the drive speeds these days are 3Gbits/s, (i think my SR MBP is 1.5Gbits/s regardless of the drive I put in).

    Meanwhile an eSATA connection through the ExpressCard slot would have equal speed to an internal drive, and basically the bottle neck would be the 3Gbps speed of the drive?
     
  13. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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    ps, reading up on Firewire on wikipedia, looks like Firewire is used on the F-22, the F-35 and the Space Shuttle.

    How did it lose out to usb.....
     
  14. fifthroot macrumors member

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    Yeah but I'm pretty sure they're still using first-generation x86 processors too. :D
     
  15. Smurfed thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think the eSata through ExpressCard slot will be bottlenecked by the bus speed. Although it'll definitely be faster than FW800.
     
  16. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

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    i pre-ordered a seagate one at 500gb 7200rpm..

     
  17. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Can't agree more! I just ordered a 500GB WD and will wait until late this year/early next year to upgrade to a similar SSD. Now that will be a difference you will notice! :D
     
  18. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    The spec for expresscard maxes out at 2Gbit/sec. Although, it's slower than 3Gb of the Sata standard, I think it'll be awhile before HD catch up to this let alone SSD's.
     

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