MBP Internal 200GB 5400 RPM vs FW800 External

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zepharus, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. zepharus macrumors 6502a

    zepharus

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    My question is this.. I am considering buying the G-tech 500GB Quad External drive. If i use this for Time Machine backup as well as a Storage for possible and OS, games etc and a scratch disk for Video Editing, Will this offer noticeable better performance than the internal 200GB 5400 RPMer ?

    thoughts....
     
  2. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

    lavrishevo

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    The new 5400 drives are significantly better then they were a year ago. There speeds are comparable to the 7200 in many test and better in a few. Of course this depends on the drive. Unfortunately the buss speed across the FW 800 port is going to be the biggest limiting factor. Are you going to see a difference... probably hardly any with time machine thats worth anything.

    If you want a great drive for scratch and video editing go with the FW800 Lacie Big Disk Extreme Raid 0. Lacie makes some of the best external drives out there. I take mine on the road a lot with all the traveling I do and it has been incredibly reliable, no problems.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    Considering the price you are paying and the capacity you will need for you stated uses, I'd say the FW drive is more benefitial. Personally I think my FW800 is no as fast as my internal, but it's very fast for everything I do nonetheless.
     

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