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

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Balli, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. Balli macrumors 6502

  2. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

  3. jacobj macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    I'm waiting for the Hitachi 5400rpm 160GB SATA drive to become readily available and then it'll find its way into my MBP
  4. vv-tim macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2006
    I wanted to grab the 160GB 5400rpm Seagate drive for my MBP but they didn't sell it in SATA :/
  5. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

    I think they are getting a global release at the end of July.
  6. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    i'm getting a 120GB 7200rpm drive for my macbook asap, then get a 7200rpm 200GB one in like a couple of years.
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    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.
  8. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
    I need more space in my mbp's I think that is an important addition for the line.
  9. daze macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    San Jose, California
    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.
  10. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

    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
  11. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2006
    I'm waiting for a 250GB 7200rpm to get my MacBook Pro. They'll probably have Penryn by then, or even the next thing.
  12. charlestrippy macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2006
    Tampa, Florida

    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 :(
  13. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

    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).
  14. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    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
  15. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

    I doubt it will come as standard though... probably a bto option for the high-end models.
  16. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    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...
  17. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Here is my Hope: Apple will releas an UMPC tablet style computer with a unique form of OSX w/ Handwritting recognition. And it will have one of those Hybrid Hard drives or just a Straight Flash 64 GB HD With Instant-On booting.
  18. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    Oh I wouldnt expect it to come standard. But just the capability in the bto will get me to switch fully to a laptop
  19. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    my 250GB iMac is full already, 200GB won't be enough for me in a Macbook:(
  20. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    if the speed of the drive itself doesn't determine transfer rate, what does? :confused:
  21. vv-tim macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2006
    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.
  22. Balli thread starter macrumors 6502

    You must have a LOT of porn on your computer... :D
  23. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    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:
  24. uchuff macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2006
    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.

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