Apple Harddrive Upgrade Offer

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Teronke, May 20, 2004.

  1. Teronke macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2003
    I've just received an offer from Apple in HK for a harddrive upgrade for my 12' Rev A Powerbook (40Gb drive)

    For HK$2000 (approx US$256) to have my harddrive upgraded to a 80Gb 5,400 rpm. The upgrade will be performed by Apple technicians and will be covered by my Apple Care plan

    My questions on are the following issues:

    1) Will there be much difference in speed compared to my current 40Gb?? Will I notice the extra rpms?? Will the extra capacity and buffer help speed things up overall (I'm currently using half my drive)??

    2) Also will the new 80Gb drive generate any more heat than the 40Gb?? The Rev A's are already hot enough as they are.

    3) And one last thing will the 80Gb draw more power from the battery and reduce the battery life??

  2. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    It should not cause a radical difference in heat or loss of battery life. Newer HD's are acutally improved in their power usage so it might improve. A larger drive at a faster speed and larger memory buffer should improve performance.
  3. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Just curious, but how did you get this offer? Did apple just call you up?
  4. Teronke thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Thanks for the replies so far. So that knocks out heat and battery impact, I think ...

    But still wondering if the performance improvement is going to be noticeable??? And is the upgrade price a good deal or is it not worth the price they're asking for???

    BTW I received the offer via email from Apple HK. I presume they've got my email stored from having registered my Apple care plan
  5. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    $250 sounds pretty good, especially if you get your original 40 GB back... (then you can buy a kit and turn it into an external...) presumably, it includes shipping and installation charges?

    i'd do it if i was offered the deal...
  6. Teronke thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2003
    I'm not sure whether I'll get my 40Gb back, I presume so in order to allow people to back up clone their drives onto the new 80Gb.

    The price includes installation at one of the Apple centers in HK.

    Still curious as to whether I'll notice the speed difference??? There's not much use to spend another HK$2000 (approx US$256) on my Powerbook if there aren't any noticeable performance gains.

    If I just needed extra storage it'd be cheaper to go and purchase an extra harddrive which would be much cheaper and quicker.
  7. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    I'd say it's pretty much a waste of money. If you wanna upgrade, upgrade to one of the 7200 RPM HDs. Only Hitachi sells these, up to 60GB w/ 8MB cache.

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