Need someone to test speed: 7200.4 in FW800 case

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  1. sammich macrumors 601

    sammich

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    Thanks for tuning in.

    I've been looking to buy the Seagate 500gig drive for a long time. I want to install the drive myself to save the money but didn't want to risk the AppleCare remaining on it (~6 months). So I'm considering buying a FW800 box and putting that bad boy in there until the AC runs out.

    The Test: Does anyone have a 500 gig 7200.4 drive in a FW800 case? I just like to know if the FW800 is too slow for the drive, and might be prudent to just stick with the 5400rpm version. Maybe a quick XBench or something that will test the max IO and the max speeds.

    And the 7200.4 is okay to be bus-powered right?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sammich.
     
  2. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    I have one but it's formatted NTFS though. Over FW800 in 10.5.7 with NTFS-3G I see about ~40MB/s (FW400 speeds). Should be faster over FW800 formatted HFS+ (had it running @ ~70-75MB/s before) though.

    Here's a review:
    http://www.barefeats.com/note05.html
     
  3. Thiol macrumors 6502a

    Thiol

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    You won't void your Applecare for any of the computer components. They just won't help you with your hard drive.
     
  4. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

    sammich

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    Anyone else who could lend me their test results?

    As a note: I could buy an expressCard eSATA card but that would set me back about $100 for the card, and about an extra $50 for the external case.

    Thanks, that's the ballpark I was expecting. I could settle for the 5400.6 drive which would suit the FW800 connection very well. But I would like the best lol.

    True, execpt I don't want to risk it. I don't have much experience in replacing computer parts, esp with the 2000 screws that my 17"MBP has.
     

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