Is an F1 750GB or 750gb WD really that much faster than the stock 500gb?

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  1. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

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    Hi

    Octo mac pro 2.8, 8800gt, wifi etc, and also... the 500gb drive stock. It's a WD 500gb AAKS.

    I want a fast boot drive. I don't need a lot of boot space, but don't want a raptor because i think a new one will come out soon - they are noisy and i think they'll be updated soon.

    I'd like the new 640gb WD, but they don't have it in the UK yet. I need to buy a drive tomorrow or so, so i can do some work on the new machine.

    I'm looking at the Samsung F1 750gb 32MB cache (£80 ebuyer), or the WD 750GB 16MB cache (£105 ebuyer... mmm i think i've seen it for £95). I need a fast system/os/application drive, and i'll use the other drive for all my audio stuff.

    So my question(s) is - should i hold off installing all my apps and reinstalling the OS on the 500GB WD drive that came with the machine (and wait for the 750gb drive as it's faster), or is the new drive not going to be any faster, really?

    Also some info on the 750GB WD vs Samsung would be great.

    Cheers
     
  2. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    I have both the WD7500AAKS & the WD5000AAKS OEM Drives

    They both have the same identical specs MINUS obviously harddrive space:
    5000AAKS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    7500AAKS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131


    The WD5000AAKS is a great solid drive for your system, id say just keep it and run all your apps on there and use the 750GB for a good backup drive.
    Kind of nice apple ships them with the 500AAKS, good choice of them!

    if you want a bump in access time the Samsung F1 750GB is a very reliable and popular choice amongst MacPro users. as it has 32mb cache compared to 16mb cache HOWEVER its not a huge noticeable difference.

    The AAKS series from western digital especially the 500GB and 750GB are reliable and widely used as well in MacPro systems.
    I like and prefer WD and these two drives are serving their purposes well!


    aside from that, its really a matter of personal preference and i say keeping with the WD format, just get the 750AAKS if you can

    Cheers! :)
     
  3. aibo macrumors 6502

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    AppleNewtwon would have been giving great advice a month ago.
    but FYI, the new WD6400AAKS (640GB) beats both the old WD500AAKS, WD7500AAKS, and Samsung Spinpoing F1 (750GB & 1TB) in terms of speed. Check it out.
     
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    I suppose so, however i guess i just like the tried and true of the HDDs this new one, ill see how it goes before i jump in on it.
    it definitely looks like a decent drive and concept, no doubt.

    Seems like it would be a much more reliable solution for an OS Drive.
     
  5. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    The OP said that the 640GB WD is not available in the UK. ;)
     
  6. aibo macrumors 6502

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    yeah that was edited in
     
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