External HD question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tribe3, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    Please excuse me if this has being discussed to death.

    My question is: Will my computer run faster if I boot from an external 7200rpm HD compared to the stock HD on my 15” Powerbook? If yes; faster doing what kind of stuff?

  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    the difference won't be noticable at all.

    booting from a FW is possible, and even though the RPM will be faster on the External, you still deal with the bottleneck of FW. its only so fast. i booted off of an External drive for about a year with my 12" powerbook, it wasn't any slower or faster in real life usage. FW is faster than USB would ever be, sure, but you won't be able to gain anything out of it even with a faster drive because its still slower than the standard hard drive connection. you might notice a small speed increase if you were to put a faster drive into the powerbook though.
  3. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    Access times will be faster because it is a faster spinning hard drive. The thing is, it's not like it's worlds faster or anything, a few seconds maybe. And besides, the PowerBook is a portable and if you have the system software on the external, you will always need to have the external with you in order to boot your machine.
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    It will be faster if you are doing things that require a lot of hard drive access.

    Example: If you are editing a video that is too big for RAM and at least some of it is being swapped out to the hard drive, then you'll notice a difference.

    The average email / web user probably won't notice a difference.
  5. tribe3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    Thanks for the answers;)
    I just got a FW Lacie (a square box with a little light designed by Porsche??:confused: ) and I installed Tiger in a partition. I'll see how it performs with iPhoto loaded with all my pictures and just keep a smaller number of them on the PB.

    Thanks again
  6. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    this comparison of mini internal stock drives against firewire externals shows a big difference between some options, depending on what you're doing.

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