I need help to buy the right hdd

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by XPcentric, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. XPcentric macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to buy a secondary 1TB hdd to replace the CD drive on my Unibody Macbook,
    the boot disk is an SSD. Because the original hdd my Macbook came with was a Toshiba and of good quality, I'd like to buy again a Toshiba, and I'd choose the following from Amazon, ASIN: B0151KMB9G
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0151KMB9G/


    But I do not know if it is the best choice, I dont really understand all these terms:
    Buffer Size: 8 MB,
    L200
    Some people talk about much larger buffer/cache sizes and it really confuses me.

     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    A hard drive is much of a muchness between them all in that form factor. speed is far more important, so as long as it's a 7200rpm drive over a 5400rpm drive you get better speed but the 5400 will use less power and will be quieter it's always a trade off.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    Why not just add a SECOND SSD?
    Costs a little more, but you'll not regret the speeds.

    Granted a 1tb SSD is on the pricey side yet.
    Could you be satisfied with 480-512gb instead?
     
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    To the OP, there are a few nice 1tb drives you could use. You may want to investigate the latest trend - hybrid drives. Seagate and Western Digital (along with others) have 1tb size 2.5" drives.

    As for the 8mb buffer you mentioned, some call it a cache. The question is how is is it being used (read or write or both).
     

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