Fastest HDD?

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  1. Chiuy macrumors 6502

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    What is the best HDD in the market right now?
    Like the fastest and doesn't consume extra battery life?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    I always prefer SSD's...SUPER fast and no noise/vibration.

    But if you're budget won't allow it, get the Western Digital Scorpio Black.
     
  3. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    1. Seagate XT Hybrid drive
    2. WD Black 500GB & 750GB
    3. Hitachi 7K750 and 7K500, Samsung HM640JJ

    In general 7200rpm do consume a bit more than 5400rpm drives.

    This video shows how the XT performs in my MBP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMldqf5oUZw
     
  4. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    You're not going to be losing some major battery life here or anything, maybe something like 15 min max.
     
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  6. Chiuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Most likely hardcore video rendering and some light gaming, but that would be plugged in. Will I notice the HDD be faster than the standard issued HDD that came with the MBP13" ?

    Using on battery life, I like to put my MBP13" on hibernation a lot cause I move places to places. I'll be most likely to use Microsoft Office pad to take notes and surfing the web with the laptop.
    I don't think a 36minute battery life drain means that much. I'm using my laptop on battery usage and I can get through my entire day with 40%+ battery life.
     
  7. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    This review does a good job of showing the real world differences between 5400rpm, 7200rpm, hybrid and SSD.

    Hitachi 7K750 750GB might be a good drive for you. Good performance and I expect it's a bit quieter and to use slightly less power than WD Black.

    Myself I'm very happy with the 500GB XT Seagate hybrid drive.
     
  8. Chiuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about a 10000RPM?
    I just randomly saw this on newegg as a suggestion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148512

    It's $1 a GB. But I assume it'll consume a TON of battery life?
     
  9. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    :) Won't work in a notebook. It uses a different interface and power supply.
     
  10. Chiuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick/fast heads up.
    I would so get a SSD, but I need to be cheap, cause I'm about to be a broke college student.

    I might consider a hybrid. How fast is your bootup time?
    Is there a difference between 16/32MB cache? Will it affect the battery life? If so, by how much? Thanks
     
  11. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    16.4 seconds when it's cached: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilB79hv6bfg

    A good 7200rpm drive usually has 16MB cache. It hardly affects battery life.
     
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  14. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    The Seagate XT is the hybrid drive I was talking about. It's the fastest 7200rpm drive for general usage.
     
  15. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    On Amazon, the Momentus XT 500GB is $100 and the WD 750GB Black is $107. Is the 250GB difference significant enough to just stick with the 500GB XT?
     

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