Replacement hard drives SLOW

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Verix, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Verix, Aug 31, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013

    Verix macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    I have a 2010 Mac Mini, the Server edition with two 7200RPM hard drives.
    One hard drive failed, and was replaced under warranty with apple care. The repair center replaced the wrong hard drive, long story short they replaced the other, faulty one afterwards, too. Good for me, right? Well it was under warranty, so I can't complain too much, but...

    to my astonishment these new, current drives appear to be much slower that the ones I had. I reckon they are 5400RPM, but seriously whoever says that current 5400RPM drives are performing better than ever, it's still a very noticeable performance hit. They were still issued as "server" replacement drives, though.

    I think it's a disgrace a product called a Mac Server gets these rather underwhelming "APLEHDD" drives. I guess it's to push people to SSD and fusion drives, but for someone like me who just wants a regular RAID1 set-up, it's very disappointing to see this move. Well, this ended up just being a rant. I'm just sad with my now slower computer.
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    If you had 7200 RPM drives, the replacements should be 7200 RPM drives. Check to make sure. If they're 5400 RPM, demand 7200 RPM.
  3. Verix thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    It all went through standard procedure though. What arrived is what apple gives as replacement for the 2010 model. I could have let them install some 7200RPM drives I bought myself, but that would have cost me of course. Nor did I expect the drives to be different from what Apple used back in 2010.

    As a matter of fact, I don't know if Apple still has any product left with a 7200RPM option. A quick glance at the product pages seems like everything is 5400RPM nowadays. Less vibration, less heat, less power consumption, and quite a bit slower to push you to more expensive options :/
  4. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Under System Information ---> Serial-ATA it should show the rotational speed of the drives.

    5400rpm drives today are pretty good but also 7200rpm drives have also advanced. They must replace the drives with 7200rpm drives as that is what the warranty covers. They can't argue that 7200rpm drives are no longer available.

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