Pulling the trigger...

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  1. eddiejsmall macrumors member

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    Alright, I'm pulling the trigger on one of these drives tonight...

    I need your help, if you would please give me your input if you have a minute.

    a) Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SAS 3Gb/s
    $109.99
    b) Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10TPVT 1TB 5200 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s
    $119.99
     
  2. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    i vote a faster is faster, and the larger buffer will help.
     
  3. mulo macrumors 68020

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    depends on what you are going to do with them.

    the scorpio blue has a slower seek time, but a higher data throughput.
     
  4. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    Mostly using iMovie, iPhoto, Web, & Facetime.

    A lot of video files with iMovie, more then the casual user, and alot of RAW photos with a DSLR camera.
     
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    well in that case i suggest the scorpio blue, more space for your media, and higher data throughput.
     
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    What's higher data throughput? I don't get what that is?

    Wouldn't I want a faster drive that can call up my media so I'm not waiting for all the clips and stuff to load?
     
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    seek time is how fast it can find the file and start reading it
    throughput is how much data you can read every second

    a fast seek time is good for lots of small files
    a high throughput is good for few, but large files, as it reduces the time you spend dreading them.
     
  8. xpcker macrumors regular

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    i wouldn't go neither of those!!!

    Search info regarding to the new Hybrid Seagate Momentum XT 500GB

    Thats a hell fast HHD for $150!!!

    i know mac osx doesn't have TRIM but i think i'll run very very good :D
     
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    Why would I get 500 GB hdd when I can get a 1TB for cheaper.
     
  10. After G macrumors 68000

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    It seems capacity is important to you, I'd go with the B option. Make sure it fits though as those 1 TB drives are a little taller due to their extra platter.

    About getting a Momentus XT - they are really fast, almost as fast as an SSD. If all your stuff fits in 500 GB, I'd get that.
     
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    I've got the Unibody 13" Mid 2010. From what I've been told it will fit this model.
     
  12. Ach111es macrumors regular

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    I think he was looking for a very big drive. While that is super fast, its $50 more and what I think he wants is an absolute mountain of storage space as it will fill up slowly and wont slow down when he has a solid 50-100g used because of its sheer massiveness.
     
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    I am constantly uploading videos and pictures I only have 50 gbs left on my 250 stock drive. That is why I'd like to upgrade
     
  14. After G macrumors 68000

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    Saw it for 109 on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momen...BF32/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1288308804&sr=8-1

    But my recommendation would now depend on how long it takes him to fill up that additional 250 GB capacity...
     
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    I've had the computer for 6 months.
     
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    So I go through it fast.
     
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    Anyone else want to get there input in on this. I'd really appreciate it...
     
  18. wizzlez macrumors member

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    Go WD

    I'm waiting to buy a new 17" MBP and I'm definitely gonna upgrade [based on the current options]. The Hybrid momentus XT is apparently the fastest HDD out there, so if you want ultimate performance it's worth sacrificing the extra space. However, I do basically the same stuff as you [iLife, Office, HD video streaming] and I don't think you need the speed boost from the 1TB WD scorpio [which I'm probably gonna get] to the Seagate. Dont forget the 7200rpm will take a couple hours off your battery life and will be louder, so if you have the latest MBP 17" you'll probably go from 7 to 4 hours. You will get a noticable difference with the hybrid seagate 7200 if you do any big time things like major file transfers or video editing, but I dont think editing photos in iPhoto or HD streaming will need the boost. I want more space for my media cuz I am clearing out old media to make room for new all the time on my 250GB. Also remember your OS needs at least 30 GB of free space at all times to function properly. I think Garageband and iMovie will be a little better, but it will be like from great to awesome, so I'd go with great with more space in the WD 1TB.
     
  19. wizzlez macrumors member

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    Any Ideas for new MBP?

    Also anyone ideas in what new specs and feature upgrades we can see on the next MBP 17"? Nvidia GTX 460? Im assuming cheaper SSD's or even standard 256 GB SSD, but what about 750 or 1TB HDD? bigger RAM? USB 3? Also any ideas on when? the buyers guide shows that its been every 8 months until the last upgrade which was 10 months, so will it be December or Feb? Ive heard some ppl say June, but I cant wait past December!
     

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