Which hard drive in the new 2008 imacs is the fastest?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ASFx, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. ASFx macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    In the new 3GHz imac, the apple stores lists 500gb, 750gb, and 1TB but does not list the speed or brands of the drives. I expect that the 1TB would be slower than the 500gb and 750gb, but are the 500gb and 750gb equal in speed?
  2. ROFISH macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2008
    If you care about hard drive speed, throw the 500GB out and put one of those new 300GB VelociRaptors in. (Provided it fits of course, I don't think the iMac requires a standard SATA backplane like the Mac Pro/Xserve does.)
  3. ASFx thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    I really didn't want to risk opening it. I've heard really bad stories about people getting a bunch of dust in their screens after they opened up their imac.
  4. ASFx thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    Anyone else have an opinion on this? It's difficult to find info on what brand/model/speed these hard drives are.
  5. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    Apple uses various drives based on price/availability. No guarantee
    that two "identical" iMacs will have the same internal drive. It's purely
    a matter of "luck of the draw."

    WRT WesternDigital's VelociRaptor -- they're quick, but only slightly
    faster than Seagate's 7200.11 family (500GB, 750BG, 1TB), and not
    quite as fast as Samsung's 1TB Spinpoint F1. A 300GB VelociRaptor
    also costs far more than fast 1TB drives from Seagate or Samsung.


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