Hitachi 7k320 Travelstar ships

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  1. Butthead macrumors 6502

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    Hitachi unveils 2.5-in. [7.2k rpm] 320GB notebook hard drive

    Uses 25% less power than the older 7k200 it replaces

    Just when you thought your 5k320 was a better purchase decision, over the older 7k200, Hitachi does this to you :p

    SSD's have a long, long way to go, to bring price/performance/capacity parity with HDD's, IMHO. Maybe in 3-5yrs?

    compare to lowest priced current SSD, 7k320 offers for 1/3rd the price >2.5x capacity:


    Super Talent Announces 120 GB SSD For $650
     
  2. MacBookProJoe macrumors regular

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    Will this really come out faster than the 500GB?

    Do we know if they are shipping OEM or Retail by the end of the month?

    I have a WD 320GB 5400 in my NewEgg shopping cart, I might hold off.
     
  4. MacBookProJoe macrumors regular

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    The 500 only fits in the 17" chasis.
     
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    The Samsung drive is small enough to fit, when it comes out that is.

    I am going to pick up one or two of the 7k320 drives pretty soon. One for the 17 incher and another for the old (out of warranty) LaCie Rugged I have.

    And this drives is cheaper than I thought.
     
  6. MacBookProJoe macrumors regular

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    Hey DS, where are you going to get that 7200 320? New Egg doesnt have them.

    Also, any suggestions for an enclosure to put my existing 250 gig drive into for use as a backup.

    Tom
     
  7. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I am going to get them from however has them first at the best price. Newegg, Tiger Direct, MacMall, OWC, or whoever.

    Honestly, the only non flashy case that I know of for the extra drive is from here: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go

    Of course any case from anywhere will work, but these seem to be the slimmest, less obtrusive ones in my opinion.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Is this available to buy or just another announcement?
     
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  10. MacBookJoePro macrumors regular

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    Hmmm.. wasn't the 320gb 5200rpm hdd already considered faster than the 200gb 7200rpm? Does this mean its super faster than the 200gb 7200rpm? Are we going to notice a large difference?

    -JoE
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes.
     
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  13. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Yeah... these drives are supposed to be faster than the 320GBs and the 200 7200 rpm drives. And take less power than the 7k200 as well.

    He was replying to MacBookProJoe's question about what to do with his spare drive.
     
  14. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Anyone found anyplace where it's available or they have even announced availability?
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Haha. I guess I should watch people's post more closely. It seemed to be out of the blue.
     
  16. MacBookProJoe macrumors regular

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    I haven't found one for sale anywhere yet either....

    NewEgg, nope.
    Mwave, nope.
    ZipZom, nope.
     
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I think they have just announced availability. It's more news than I have ever had about the drive though. All the vaporware fans told me was that it was under development, which does no one any good.

    Now that they say they are shipping to OEMs it's more believable and by summer they should be around in droves.

    We all make the same mistakes. :D

    It sucks more when you get irate for no reason, then put in time-out for a misunderstanding. ;)

    I'd prefer super fast SSDs over ones that just hold a lot of storage for cheap. The way HDDs are going, they aren't as unstable or energy inefficient as they may have been. Especially given the current price of storage. I remember when 400GB was a lot of storage, and close to $400.
     
  18. bplein macrumors 6502

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    Youngster (grin)

    I remember doing a "group buy" in order to get a break on 330MB (that's MB) ESDI drives. I think they were more than a dollar a megabyte. And my first 3.5" drive was a 200MB SCSI, cost me a pretty penny. Both of those drives were HUGE in comparison to the 10MB, 20MB and 40MB drives my first PC had.
     
  19. MacBookProJoe macrumors regular

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    Hmm. I remember paying around 600.00 to upgrade my Mac SE from ONE meg of ram to TWO MEGS of ram.

    So there.
     
  20. bplein macrumors 6502

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    Megs?

    I can't recall the price, but it was pretty hefty to upgrade our Apple][ from 16k to 32k (couldn't justify the upgrade to 48k).

    I seem to recall that the cost of adding a floppy drive to that system was about $550 for a controller and a single 5.25 drive, and $450 for the second floppy drive. But they sure beat loading programs from audio tape.
     
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    The furthest I can go back is my dad's hand-me-down Packard Bell that ran DOS. I can't even remember the system specs, but I do remember being amazed at the graphics on "Roger Rabbit" and the super huge 14.1" CRT monitor I played the game on.
     
  22. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    ah, just to late. I ordered a 200gb 7200rpm drive, and now i see this and i am drooling
     
  23. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Use the 7k200 as an external, return it, or sell it to someone else.
     

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