250 gb laptop HD?

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  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The drive is made by Samsung. I don't think there is any retail availability just yet.
     
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    i also notice fujitsu has some +200 capacity drives coming out, is there any word on when they will be available, or is there any other 200+ hd options out there
     
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    why wouldn't they, they're 2.5 hds
     
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    That's all you need to know if you live in 2 dimensions... ;)
    Some of the high capacity drive models are 12 mm high drives and would not fit in machines engineered for 9.5mm
     
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    i have feeling it will not fit the macbook pro. I think is 9.5mm?

    the larger drives are what like 12+mm?
     
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    All of Apple's current production notebooks are designed to accept 9.5mm drives. Current offerings in SATA 2.5" drives above 160GB are 12mm drives (they have an additional platter, I believe) which precludes the ability to use them in Apple notebooks.

    MD
     
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    Just to complement what has already been said, the only 200+GB HDs coming out soon that are 9.5mm are the Hitachis.

    1H 2007 - 200GB 7200rpm
    2H 2007 - 250GB 5400rpm
     
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    Except for the 200GB 4200RPM BTO option. That is also 9.5mm in height.
     
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    MMMMM 200GB 7200RPM HD :) That would be a nice addition to my MPB.
     
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    Yeah, forgot about the Toshiba. I'd rather have that 7200rpm drive though :D
     
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    I personally am waiting for either a 250GB or a 300GB 5400RPM drive.
     
  14. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    That is exactly what I'm waiting for as well, 160 gigs is not nearly enough for me, even with my external hard drive (because of XP partition + music + games + movies and pics).

    Does anyone know exactly how one would go about swapping the drives? I could crack open the case, but I don't want to void my warranty. I wouldn't mind paying apple a little if they could do it for me in a non warranty voiding manner, but is this even possible, and even then, cheap?
     
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    I don't believe they would do it for a MBP, however, the MB HD is supposed to be "user replaceable" or something to that effect.

    OWC (Other World Computing) has some very good tutorials and videos on the MBP, as does MacFixIt, or whatever they are going by now.

    I have replaced the HD on my 15" CD MBP from the stock 100G 5400 to a Hitachi 100G 7200 and found it to be a fairly straightforward operation. The worst part is removal and replacement of the top cover or bezel - you really have to be patient releasing the clips that hold it to the case.

    I'm a little bummed, as the week after I did my HD upgrade Seagate released a 2.5" 160G 7200 rpm drive. :(

    I took the opportunity to upgrade my AirPort card to an 802.11n version while I had the case open, too. Between that and my new 7200 rpm drive, things are definitely a *bit* peppier now.

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    I really kinda want a 300 GB notebook SATA drive right now :D
     
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    yeah, that sounds good to me :)
     
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    I am puzzled why these drives are available yet?
     
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    Is there any decent MAC HDD benchmark apps??

    Can anyone post any test results between some Macbook pro's with 5400rpm vs. 7200rpm. I've read no real day to day differences unless you work with big audio video files. Problem is I really don't use my laptop for big files so I have suspicions on paying premium bucks for a 7200rpm drive.

    Not to mention added noise, heat, battery consumption.
     
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    Using XBench, a well-respected Mac benchmarking program, my 15" MBP tested around a 34 with the stock 5400 rpm 100GB Toshiba drive, and went up to a 53 with a 7200 rpm 100GB Hitachi drive.

    As for heat, I can't tell a difference, as the left wrist rest has always been warm to the touch. Battery consumption is no different based on the same duty cycle I've used with the original drive, and the Hitachi is actually quieter than the stock Toshiba.

    I do a lot of video editing in the field, so I really need the speed. I could use more space, but in a worst-case scenario I use an external FW drive. If you're just a regular user and aren't doing anything that requires moving a lot of data around, I doubt the difference would be noticeable.

    You're better off sinking the money into more RAM if you don't already have 2GB in the machine.

    FWIW, I also took the opportunity to put an 802.11n AirPort card in while I was doing the HD swap since I had the case open.

    MD
     
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    I'd love to have Seagate come out with a 200GB 5400rpm perpendicular-recording 2.5'' drive when I get my MBP.
     

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