500GB HD @ 7200 rpm ?

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  1. ok2uselane
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    I was wondering what the cache size was on the upgrade 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm that Apple is offering? Does anyone know what drive they are using for this?
    Thanks.
     
  2. ok2uselane
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  3. neutrino23
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    At the Apple store the 17" MBP had a 5400RPM Hitachi HD. Don't know about the 7200RPM version. I should know no later than May 4. :)
     
  4. breathesrain
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    Well, I believe the two laptop drives of that size and speed available right now (Seagate momentus 7200.4 and Hitachi 7K500) both use 16 MB caches.
     
  5. pawo
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    idk, I'm looking at the 15" 2.4 i5.. the 500gb 7200rpm hd is + $135... you can buy the same/better hard drive for $80-90. And you can throw the 320 that it comes with in an external enclosure. I don't see why anyone (who's buying the 2.4) wouldn't do this.. I looked it up and swapping the drives doesn't seem hard.
     
  6. tekmoe
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    I think a lot of people simply don't want to take the time to buy the 7200rpm drive and install it themselves. I bought a Hitachi 320gb @ 7200rpm drive and replaced the stock 500gb @ 5400rpm drive in my 17" i7. I then took that 500gb drive and put it in an external enclosure to use as my Time Machine backup drive. Works perfect!
     
  7. ok2uselane
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    This is why I'm asking... The upgrade is only $50 on the 2.66. So, I'm wondering why it's so cheap (other than a bulk discount for Apple).
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  8. ok2uselane
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    Thanks, I'm still saving, on a student budget, and can't purchase until mid-May.
    :p

    Breathesrain: That's what I see as I research, as well.
     

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