New 200GB Hard Drives coming for the MacBook / Pros in August!

Balli

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jacobj

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I'm waiting for the Hitachi 5400rpm 160GB SATA drive to become readily available and then it'll find its way into my MBP
 

vv-tim

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I wanted to grab the 160GB 5400rpm Seagate drive for my MBP but they didn't sell it in SATA :/
 

Mord

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i'm getting a 120GB 7200rpm drive for my macbook asap, then get a 7200rpm 200GB one in like a couple of years.
 

GoCubsGo

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I have the rev d powerbook, but I so wish they offered 200 gb hdds for these. Stock 100gb and then upgrade to 200. I would have done it. I don't mind the external, but the more internal i have the better off i am when traveling.
 

daze

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We need the higher density 2.5" HDDs very soon. Even more so now that you can Dual Boot with X86 OSes lugging an external firewire drive is not ideal.
 

Balli

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daze said:
We need the higher density 2.5" HDDs very soon. Even more so now that you can Dual Boot with X86 OSes lugging an external firewire drive is not ideal.
That's exactly why I plan on buying a Rev. C MacBook (04.2007) with the following specifications:

2.2 Ghz Merom processor
GMA965 Intel Graphics Chipset
2 GB RAM
200 GB Hard Drive
 

macgeek2005

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I'm waiting for a 250GB 7200rpm to get my MacBook Pro. They'll probably have Penryn by then, or even the next thing.
 

charlestrippy

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Balli said:
It seems that Fujitsu are also in the game...

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/news/pr/fcpa_20060327-01.html

that is only 4200 rpm - isn't that pretty slow in terms of hard drive speed though? or is it something you wouldn't really noticed with 2gb ram and stuff? (probably unrelated, heh)

if not, hell i may go out and get that - i need a 200gb hard drive badly...are their any other 200gb's?


Edit: Lame it says it'll be out in May but I can't find it anywhere to purchase :(
 

Balli

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charlestrippy said:
that is only 4200 rpm - isn't that pretty slow in terms of hard drive speed though? or is it something you wouldn't really noticed with 2gb ram and stuff? (probably unrelated, heh)

if not, hell i may go out and get that - i need a 200gb hard drive badly...are their any other 200gb's?
I thought the same thing about the speeds, but it seems that the 200GB Hard Drive has the same transfer rate as the current 5400 rpm Hard Drives (150MB/s).
 

Sideonecincy

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If the next revisions of the macbook pro has a 200gb hard drive in it, that will finally get me to switch to it. That was the only factor that has kept me with my powermac
 

BWhaler

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I don't want to go down to 4200 RPM. The performance hit will suck.

But bring on the 160gig drives. Running at full speed, and 40 more gigs than what is standard today...
 

Sideonecincy

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Balli said:
I doubt it will come as standard though... probably a bto option for the high-end models.
Oh I wouldnt expect it to come standard. But just the capability in the bto will get me to switch fully to a laptop
 

vv-tim

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Balli said:
I thought the same thing about the speeds, but it seems that the 200GB Hard Drive has the same transfer rate as the current 5400 rpm Hard Drives (150MB/s).
Transfer rate is not equal to read rate.

The transfer rate is at 150MB/sec, but if the drive can't READ the data off the platters that fast, you're not going to get a big performance boost. The faster data rates (SATA vs. PATA) offer benefits to data that is stored in the drive's cache primarily, not data being read from the platters.

So to answer the question above, the drive's read technology and spindle speed PRIMARILY affect the performance (7200rpm > 5400rpm > 4200rpm, etc). The transfer rate (SATA II > SATA > ATA133 > ATA100, etc) effects the performance of data read from the cache PRIMARILY.
 

janey

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high capacity drives shouldn't become an addon to the high end models, as all the manufacturers are pretty much starting to introduce perpendicular drives right now, surely they'd have a bigger selection later this year.

mmm pron :p :eek:
 

uchuff

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rockthecasbah said:
if the speed of the drive itself doesn't determine transfer rate, what does? :confused:
The rotational speed of the first perpendicular drives may be less than other drives however as the bits are perpendicular there is a higher density of data thus the drive doesn't have to spin so far.