Recommended 1TB drive for 13" MBP

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  1. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    All,

    Does anyone know of a 1TB drive for the 13" MBP that's no more than $100? Does it exist? I've been researching and cannot find anything for $100 or less?

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    As those HDDs (2.5", S-ATA, 1TB) are still quite new, it will take its time until they get cheaper, maybe once 1.5 or 2.0 TB HDDs arrive in that form factor.
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    Lol, like you could actually discern the 200RPM difference.
     
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    actually do to the platter density and build of the drive its just as fast as the 5400rpm if not faster there is an article somewhere on macrumors were hellhammer explains it if i remember correctly
     
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    Yeah, it should be faster than e.g. 500GB 5400rpm drive because that 1TB is made of three ~333GB platters while 500GB is made of two 250GB platters. When the drive is denser, it can read/write more data power per round. 333GB is around 33% denser than 250GB so in theory, the 500GB drive has to spin 1.33 rounds to read/write the same data. 5400rpm is only ~4% more than 5200rpm so 1TB should be faster. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any good benchmarks :(

    However, 750GB 5400rpm should be the fastest 5400rpm drive as it's made of two 375GB platters.
     
  9. Kingcodez macrumors 6502

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    Is the data written simultaneously on three platters? Like a RAID setup or something? I'd assume that if data is written to only one platter at a time, it'll go at normal speed.

    I just use SSDs for speed :) Your HDD is either fast or it's not, there shouldn't be so much talk about speed diffs when you can just throw a SSD in the optibay and get the BOBW
     
  10. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    That said, 1TB is nuts in a laptop, unless it's your main machine.
     
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    Does the drive height matter in the MBP 13 or 15? Can they both take 12.5mm ones?
     
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    All unibody MacBook (Pros) + pre-unibody 17"s can take 12.5mm drives according to OWC.
     
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    They can. Mine is the 13" Late '08 MB. Just put in a 500GB WD-Blue drive in it. It is much faster than the old 250GB Toshiba drive I can tell you that much.
     
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    Thanks. That's good to know.

    Unfortuneately for me, I have a SR MBP15.

    Maybe I need a new laptop. :)
     
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    At least 750GB will fit, it's normal 9.5mm drive. It's also faster than the 1TB since it's made of two 375GB platters that spin at 5400rpm ;)
     
  16. sadcamper macrumors regular

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    Both Samsung and Toshiba make 1tb 2.5" drives as well...here in Canada they're actually cheaper than the WD, and both spin at 5400rpm if that still worries anyone.
     
  17. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    For some of us it is. I currently own an 8 year old desktop PC running Windows XP that I use as an HTPC (plan on replacing it with a Mac Mini in the next year or so), and a 13" MBP. My wife has a 3 year old Vaio. That's all we can afford. Must be nice to be able to own a nice "main machine" and have a MacBook Pro as a secondary computer. Maybe I'll be there someday in life, maybe.
     

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