Western Digital Black 320gig 7200rpm

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  1. Steve686 macrumors 68030

    Steve686

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    I just did a fresh install yesterday and upgraded from my factory 250gb/5400rpm drive on 15" 2.4 4gb UMBP.

    Boot time and program launch time are drastically reduced. Here are just some examples if you are in the market for a faster drive.

    Geekbench Score Old: 3150
    New:3531

    Boot: Old Drive-55 seconds
    New Drive-35 seconds

    iTunes Launch: Old-8 seconds
    New-4 seconds

    Garageband: Old-25 seconds
    New- 15 seconds

    Obviously just some real world stats here but I am more than pleased with the upgrade.
     
  2. eldy macrumors 6502

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    Those are great drives. I have one in my PS3.
     
  3. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Is it hard to change the drive out in the PS3?
     
  4. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    Those are some awesome increases in time. When I bought my first gen MBP in May 06, I opted for the 100GB 7200 RPM drive(120GB 5400RPM was the biggest they had) and upgraded to a 320GB Seagate 7200RPM drive last November. Good stuff.
     
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    Questions

    Do you notice any additional noise? Any difference in your fans or heat?
     
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    How about your battery time? Did you notice anything?
     
  7. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    it is probably the easiest hard drive placement i have ever done.
     
  8. Steve686 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's so easy to swap drives on both the PS3 and the UMBP. my ps3 is where the 250gb drive went. On the UMBP make sure you have a precision #00 Phillips head screwdriver, and a T6 size torx driver. There's so little tech involved with the swap even a caveman could do it. :)

    The 7200 is as quiet as my 5400 was. No exra vibrations, either. And the drive actually runs cooler now. It stays about 99 degrees F. The 5400 would normally run about 105-110. So this is an added plus.

    Oh. Battery time. Nothing noticeable but I'll update when I know more. To me, faster drive speed means less time overall reading/ writing to the disk. So I am hoping it would improve life if anything. I know some people will say it takes more power to make the drove spin faster so that would decrease life. Guess we'll wait and
    see. Right now I average 4-5 hours casual net surfing on a charge.
     
  9. chp5592 macrumors regular

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    Could you please post your xbench disk subsystem scores? Thanks.
     
  10. Steve686 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ack. I'll repost the pics. Too small
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    It's an awesome drive, I got one for my WhiteBook.
     

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