Buying a Harddrive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mjmaniti510, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Mjmaniti510 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2011
    Does the harddrive buffer rate matter? I want to replace the hard drive in my White unibody macbook and I use it mostly for playing games so will a 8 mb cache or a 16 mb cache make a difference?
  2. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    It does matter. Bigger buffer=faster performance. If it's not too much more, go for a drive with 16mb cache. Also, if possible, wait until March or so to buy a hard drive. Floods in Thailand have caused hard drive prices to go through the roof. Wait a bit for reconstruction and prices will drop again. I bought a 750gb 7200rpm 16mb cache 2.5" drive for $100 pre-flood. Now, that same drive costs well over $200.
  3. careyjesus macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012

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