Limit on hard drive storage capacity?

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  1. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    Is there a limit on the storage capacity that a 2007 MacBook can use? Also would a 12.5 mm high drive fit?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Shouldn't be. Some Gx Macs have limits but AFAIK Intel Macs do not. Anyway, the biggest you can install is 750GB because that is currently the biggest 2.5" 9.5mm drive.
     
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    No, though the maximum HDD capacity for internal HDDs being able to fit into the MacBook is currently 750GB due to the maximum height of 9.5mm.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    By all means get 7200rpm if possible.

    5400rpm if budget is limited.

    Do not get 5200rpm for boot drive.
     
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    Spinning speed is not everything. For example, 500GB 5400rpm drive can be faster than 320GB 7200rpm drive because it's denser. Same applies to 1TB, it's 333GB per platter so even though its spinning speed is low, it's very dense thus it has to spin less.

    Here is a post I made yesterday:

    And there are hundreds of threads where people complain about noise, vibration and short battery life. Besides, any 5400rpm drive is going to be faster than what OP currently has. High capacity 7200rpm also cost the top $
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I had a 5200rpm 750gb. it's less responsive for boot than 160gb 5400rpm.

    7200 rpm price difference is like $20 more for 500gb.
     
  7. mulo macrumors 68020

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    of course, seek time is slower on lower rpm drives. but raw data speed is greater with greater density.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    I think the overall theoretical limit is 2Tb, but we're a few years away from that.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's only FAT32.
     
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    And BIOS (boot drive can't be +2TB, thus +2TB drives are external).
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Maximum volume sizes:

    FAT32 = 2TB
    NTFS = 256TB
    HFS = 2TB
    HFS+ = 8EiB
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    I thought the 2Tb limit was a part of SATA I or II.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    SATA I and II capacities refer to transfer rates, not hard drive capacities. Apples and oranges.
     
  14. LSUtigers03 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Let me throw two drives out there and get some opinions on both. It looks like a 640gb 7200 rpm drive would be a better buy than a 750gb 5400 rpm drive.

    Newegg
     
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    One thing to notice is the 640GB drive has double the cache of the 750GB drive, which will contribute to it being faster.
     
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Just to throw you a curve.

    One thing to consider, is what is more important to you?
    • Storage space.
    • Speed.
    • Cost.

    In the portable arena, depending on what your needs are these variables can affect your decision.

    For example, in my case a year or so ago, I wanted the largest storage that I could get regardless of speed and cost. At the time it was 500GBs. Now I would go for the 750GB just because to me, storage space is the driving factor for my needs.

    I know others would say speed would be their driver. And of course others would say cost.

    Your decision might be easier if you can determine the driver in your decision, which I'm guessing is speed.
     
  18. LSUtigers03 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Right now I have a 320gb 5400 rpm drive. I would say storage is the most important. One thing I don't know is how much better the 7200 rpm drive would perform over the 5400 rpm drive. If it's a very noticeable difference then I may go with the better performing drive.
     
  19. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Here is one lengthy thread about Seagate's 7200rpm HDs. A lot people here in MR have used Seagate Momentus drives and generally Seagate is a reliable brand, many OEM manufacturers such as Apple use their drives. It also comes with 3-year warranty
     

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