WD6400BPVT - anyone got it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DragonJade, May 13, 2010.

  1. DragonJade macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking of picking up the WD6400BPVT this weekend. I know that a few people here have the WD6400BEVT, but has anyone got the WD6400BPVT? Does anyone know how the two compare in real world tests?
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I had one for about 2 days. Not sure if my drive was defective or not but it was painfully slow. It was 10x slower then a 4200RPM drive for me which was unacceptable. I switched to a 750GB 5200RPM Western Digital Scorpio Blue and it was a lot better. I've settled now at a 1TB 5200RPM Western Digital Scorpio Blue.
     
  3. Labaguette macrumors regular

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    @ayeying so you are saying that you've had 3 Adv. Format Disks since their release in february? kinda freaky ;-)

    @DragonJade the only difference between BEVT and BPVT is that BPVT is in Advanced Format which means the sectors on the disk are 4096 bytes instead of 512. This is due to capacity reasons and increases the available HD size by 7 to 11% depending on the size. with my 1TB WD10TPVT i have noticed some performance increases even compared to a Seagate 7200rpm drive.

    4k Sectors are only compatible with Windows Vista and above (if you plan on using bootcamp)!!!

    regards
     
  4. DragonJade thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know about the Advanced Format on the BPVT, thanks. I just wanted to see if there were any problems with it as it's a newer drive, and if there were any performance problems/gains over the BEVT.
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I found 0 performance difference between a 5400RPM drive compared to a 5200RPM found in the older 750GB and current 1TB drives. However, I did find a pretty huge difference when it came to comparing with the 7200RPM drive.

    The advanced format does improve performance but it does not give you any more space. I don't know why they say it does. My 1TB is still 931GB, same with a non advanced format drive.

    I've actually went through 4 Advanced Format drives. I've only returned the 640GB and 750GB. The other 2 drives, I have right now. Both are 1TB 5200RPM drives. One is in the iMac, doing a RAID-0 with a 1.5TB internal drive. The other is in the MacBook Pro currently.

    For me, it's more about not having enough space then drives being defective. Like I said, I only noticed the 640GB drive to be extremely slow for some reason. The others are fine.

    And yes, 1TB in a laptop is barely enough for me. I have 30GB of free space left on the OSX Partition of 880GB and 1.2 GB left on the Windows Vista partition of 120GB currently.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Holy crap! haha, I only have a 250GB and I haven't even used half of it. Just out of curiosity, what do you do/have that requires so much space?
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Apps take up about 100GB, but that's only because of Final Cut Studio's plugins taking up 54GB of that.

    Movies/TV Shows take up ~400GB.

    Music, Documents takes up about 20GB.

    Pictures, about 14GB now. All RAW, original files. Another 6GB for the Aperture Library.

    Virtual Machines, that takes up rest of the space. 280GB give or take.

    And the Vista Partition... well, games :p. GTA4 and the Epsiodes from Liberty City takes up 20+ gb :eek:
     

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