Mac Pro :: Use 1TB WD 7200 RPM As Data Storage?

Nov 20, 2009

I read all the posts here in MacRumors regarding SSD as boot drive on a Mac Pro. I ordered the 80GB Intel SSD Gen 2. I'm planning to install it to my Mac Pro as a boot drive and use my 1TB WD 7200 RPM as media storage. Do I have to do like RAID or anything to 2 of my disks or I just simply do a fresh install on the SSD and copy all my media files to the 1TB HDD?

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MacBook Pro :: Which Is Best / 512 GB 7200 RPM Or 256 GB SSD For Data

Aug 28, 2009

I am initially purchasing a new 15" Pro with the hope to eventually get a 160 GB Intel SSD for the Optical Drive. So until I do that, I will use the purchased drive for data and the bootable OS.

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MacBook Pro :: External Drives - USB Vs FW800 5400 Vs 7200 Rpm - Benchmark Data

Apr 28, 2010

I recently picked up a couple of external drives, and decided to benchmark them to determine whether the interface and/or drive type made much of a difference. For those that don't want to read the details, here's the bottom line: If you're going to splurge on a FW800 interface, it's well worth fitting this with a 7200 rpm drive to maximize performance. Uncached sequential writes over FW800 were twice as fast on the 7200 rpm drive compared to the 5400 rpm. FW800 is a marked improvement over USB 2.0 as well. Full results are below. For background, when shopping for drives, I was interested in using the FW800 interface on the MBPs, for the simple reason it's rated almost twice as fast as USB 2.0. Some of the drives I was shopping for included 7200 rpm drives. My first thought was this was silly, since the interface limited the throughput to far-below the limits a 5400 rpm drive could produce, so why bother upgrading to 7200 rpm? Well, it turns out it does make a difference. I've got both a FW800 enclosure (G Drive Mini) and a USB 2.0 interface (Nexstar TX) as well as a 320GB 7200 rpm drive (Hitachi) and a 640GB 5400 rpm drive (Western Digital). So, I benchmarked both drives using both interfaces. Some interesting results! Turns out, the 7200 rpm drive does in fact dramatically improve performance in the FW800 interface. For sequential operations, Firewire has a dramatic improvement over USB 2.0; for random read/writes, drive speed seems to be a more important factor. And for large files, the combination of Firewire and 7200 rpm gives a pretty impressive throughput of almost 75MB/s. Full results are below. Note that the drive and interface are noted in the title bar for each drive.

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Mac Pro :: Replacing 320gb Baracuda 7200.11 Drives - Caviar Black / 7200.12?

Sep 20, 2010

I want to replace my 3 year old drives before it's too late.

I have about 200 gigs of data, split between a pair of Seagate Baracuda 7200rpm drives I bought 3 years ago.

I am thinking on going with a single 500 gig drive for my data, and I can't decide between a Caviar Black, or a Baracuda 7200.12.

I have read that the Caviar Black have incredible performance, , but only for the 1TB since it has 3 platters.

How do the 500gig models compare between WD and Seagate? I just don't have the need for more. My OS and Apps are on the SSD at 23 gigs, and all the rest of my work/personal files take up about 200 gigs.

Which is going to be better, the Black, or the Baracuda? 500 gig models only.

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MacBook Pro :: SSD Drives Data Storage?

Nov 14, 2010

just having a hard time grasping this... I understand that a SSD is state of art, and gives a drastic speed over a conventional HDD. But how is it that data is stored, I mean how can a 256GB drive be superior to a 500GB drive for data storage??

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OS X :: Lost Data On Storage Drive?

Jan 31, 2009

I am embarrassed to say that last night, after taking care of my grandbaby for several hours and half-asleep myself, I intended to pull out my power cord to move my MacBook, but by accident pulled out the storage drive firewire. Of course, the drive appears to have been erased. It won't even show up on my desktop anymore.

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MacBook Pro :: How Much Data Can 256GB Flash Storage Hold

Jun 12, 2012

How much data can a 256GB Flash storage hold?  The only reason I haven't gone ahead with my purchase is that I'm worried that 256GB is too little.  I wish it were possible to upgrade to 512GB on the base model.

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OS X Mavericks :: How To Remove Back Up Data From Memory Storage

Aug 28, 2014

how do you remove back up data from the memory storage? my storage data states that i have over 80gb of data used for back ups and i dont know why as i use a external hard drive as a time machine .now my 250gb flash storage is nearly full..

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Dec 9, 2014

I keep getting a message telling me the my Cloud storage is full.  Before I purchase more space I would like to see what is only cloud and possible delete some of it.  Is this possible and if so how do I do it?

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MacBook :: Partition External HD For Time Machine And Data Storage?

Jun 15, 2010

I have a 500GB external HD but a 250HD on my macbook. is it possible to partition the HD 300GB for time machine and 200 for storage of data and files? If so, how would I go about doing that? I just don't want to waste a 500 GB external if my HD is only 250GB.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Changing The Service Data Storage Location, "edit" Button Is Greyed Out

Jun 5, 2012

the "edit" button is greyed out... what to do?

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Mac Pro :: How Much DATA Do You Have On-line And How Full Is Your Total On-line Storage

Sep 6, 2009

Double poll here. There are two questions:
How much DATA do you have Oo-line?

This is data and not total capacity. This includes all your on-line data: music, images, video, the OS, all of it. It doesn't include back-up data even if it's on-line like Time Machine tho. Just active data.

And of the on-line storage devices used for that DATA totally, what % are they filled to?

For example if you had two 500 GB drives and about 400 GB of data you would answer:
"I have < 500 GB of DATA on-line." and,"My on-line storage is between 25% and 50% full.".

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MacBook Air :: Realization - IPhone Storage Versus MBA Storage?

Jan 10, 2010

I thought I would share a cool realization. I am now eligible for any iPhone upgrades and most likely will be getting the new one coming out this summer - whatever it may be. I realized today that most likely it will have 64GB of storage - the exact same size as my Macbook Air - I think it is so wild my future phone/pocket computer will have the exact same storage capacity as my main laptop. I could potentially mirror everything on my Mac that is on my iPhone in the future.

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ITunes :: Changing Storage Location With Media In The New Storage Location?

Jun 30, 2012

Equipment: Mac Mini (Early 2009), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Lion. I started noticing my Mac Mini was having trouble reconnecting my Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, slow processing (spinning pinwheel of death), and programs freezing. I did a recovery within Lion from the recovery drive and it seemed to work for a week or so. It started acting up again. So, I decided to erase the HD and reinstall Lion. I basically use the Mac Mini as a server for all my iTunes content.  

My iTunes default save location is to my Drobo storage unit. Now that I have reinstalled Lion, I am looking for the easiest, most convenient, and safest way to change the default save location in iTunes and then importing the media. It would be nice if it was possible to just simply change the default save location to the folder I previously had all my media saved in and it would just magically appear in iTunes. Everything was organized perfectly, which took hours of time and attention to details.  

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MacBook Pro :: Using 15'' 5400 Or 7200 Rpm?

Sep 22, 2010

For not much extra (price wise), I can opt for the 7200 rpm hardrive.

Is it worth the upgrade? How much does the 7200 rpm drive affect battery life compared with 5200 rpm in the latest Macbook Pros?

I've heard manufacturers say the difference between the two doesn't in any way affect battery life.

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MacBook Pro :: Getting 128 Gb SSD Or 500 Gb 7200 RPM Disc?

Oct 12, 2010

I'm heading off to college in the fall of next year and I have a feeling I'll be buying a MacBook Pro; I'm already saving some cash for this purpose. My question is whether I should be getting a 128 Gb SSD or a 500 Gb 7200 RPM disc. Speed is the real issue as I don't expect to take up much more than 50 Gb. So, should I go SSD or not?

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Dec 24, 2010

Any outrageously good deals on the recommended hard drives?

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MacBook Pro :: 7200 Rpm HDD Vibration In 13'?

Sep 14, 2009

What I want to know is that if I replace my 160 GB 5400 RMP HDD with a 7200 RPM 500 GB HDD in my MacBook Pro 13' the noise level and vibration become much stronger ?

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MacBook Pro :: Using 7200 Rpm Drives?

Dec 31, 2009

So I have my new MBP specced out ready for Jobbsy's announcement 26 Jan, principally including 7200 rpm drive - and now I find they're dodgy! I particularly wanted a fast drive for music production but I gather they're glitchy in a bad way. Are they all bad?

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Mac Mini :: Using 2nd HD In The/5400 Or 7200 Rpm?

Apr 1, 2010

i've upgraded my stock HD with a SSD in my mac mini

i'm thinking of removing the SD to put an optical bay and a 2nd bigger HD

i was hesitating between 500 Gb in 5400 or 7200 rpm

but considering that the ssd is really boosting the whole machine,

i guess that i should go for the 5400 rpm

because the difference in performance between 5400 and 7200 would not be noticeable thanks to the SSD and also, the 7200 rpm will be noisier

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MacBook Pro :: Did You Get Your New MBP With A 5400 Or 7200 HDD?

Apr 28, 2010

I know there is already a thread about which is better, but I figured itd be nice to see who ended up getting which. I ordered with a 7200, probably don't need it though.

Why did you choose the option you did? Do you think you'll need it? Do you notice the speed increase?

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OS X :: Knowing The Rpm Of My HDD/7200 Or 5400?

Jul 29, 2010

I'd like to know if the hard drive on this macbook pro I'm using is 7200 or 5400 rpm and but I don't know how to find that out.

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MacBook Pro :: Using 1TB 5400 Or 500GB 7200?

Sep 1, 2010


Upgrading my 13" MBP hard drive with OWC's kit.

Should I get a 1TB @ 5400RPM or 500GB @ 7200RPM?
I'm guessing 1TB.

Also, is it safe to do the 8GB RAM kit?

I deal with video and motion graphics.

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MacBook Pro :: New I7 With 7200 HD : Vibration And Noise?

Sep 25, 2010

Just received the new Macbook Pro 17" with I7 option as well as the 7200rpm HD 500gb. The machine works great so far. However, there is a slight vibration I can feel on the aluminum in front of the keyboard and basically across the machine, though when I moved it from a glass table to a wooden desk it was much decreased. The machine is also much noisier than I thought it would be, though I did know when I went for the 7200 option that it might be noisier.

Is this normal because of the HD or I7 chip? I can return the machine and exchange it, but the anti-glare screen seems ok with no pixel problems, etc., so I don't want to look for trouble without a benefit.
Is it possible this is not the HD? (vibration and noise does seem to emanate from the left side-I believe it is a Seagate, ID starts with ST)

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PowerPC :: Hard Drive With 7200 RPM For G4

Aug 21, 2007

I'm in a little need of assistance with my PowerBook G4 Alum. 1.67GHz. The Hard Drive it came with got fried a little while back (alas, not in warranty) and I have been hesitant to try to repair it myself in the past. However, I now wish to resurrect my machine, seeing as how if I don't try this, I might as well just buy a new laptop. What sort of HD should I buy?

I know it has to be "ATA" but (1) I have no idea what that means, and (2) There seem to be many different types of HDs. I have no problem disassembling my PowerBook but I am lost when it comes to its hard drive. I think I would like to get a HD with 7200 rpm and 80-100 GB. Also, when do you see Apple releasing a MacBook with a good graphics card that isn't integrated?

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MacBook Pro :: 5400 Rpm Versus 7200 Rpm HDD?

Jan 27, 2008

As a lot of people on these forums are, I am waiting for the next updated MacBook Pro. I want to get the fastest hard drive I can, but I want to ask the people who use the 7200 RPM HDDs if they can notice a difference, and if so how beneficial is it? Its really not a problem to pay the 250 for the 200GB 7200 option (and I do want to do that thru Apple because I want my hard drive under warranty) but I do recall hearing complaints that the 7200 RPM is louder, etc. So here is the basic question. How much faster is the 7200 and is it worth the upgrade? For background, I do Visual Effects/3D Animation. I use the Mac Pro for most of that and will sometimes use the MBP for that kind of work.

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MacBook :: Installing 7200 Drive ?

Mar 8, 2009

I just wanted to do a quick writeup of what I've learned from upgrading my 2006 White Macbook from a 60gb 5400 Seagate drive (came with it) to the 7200 RPM 320 GB Western Digital Scorpio Black.

First of all, there's some discussion of whether the new drive vibrates, and the answer is yes it does to some degree. The 5400 isn't even perceptible, but the Scorpio Black makes the entire machine feel more like a computer instead of just a paperweight. (if that makes sense) Finder seems to work a little quicker now and programs load faster. I think the 16MB cache helps a lot in this respect (vs. 8MB for most 5400 drives.)

My computer has Tiger and boot camp beta installed with a split drive between Windows and Mac. I realized that I could not really rescue the Windows partition using Tiger, but apparently this is possible with a program called winclone on a Leopard machine. So I'm going to put the old drive into an external usb case for when or if I need Windows down the road.

Here's what you need to do this:
1. An External USB drive bigger than your internal drive (or with more space than the stuff you want to keep). Mine is 160GB.

2. Tiny/Jeweler size Philips screwdriver

3. Size 8 Torx driver. This is smaller than most sets provide, so you will probably need to go to Sears or a good hardware store and pick up one of this size for about $4.

4. a coin

A. Connect the USB drive to your macbook. Open Disk Utility and make sure the drive is formatted GUID with OSX Filesystem (Journaled). If you have a Windows files system on your external drive, this WILL NOT WORK.

B. Download Carbon Copy Cloner. Start up the program and start a backup from your original hard drive over to the USB drive. You may get a couple of error messages, but they probably don't matter.

C. Reboot the computer and make sure you can boot into the USB drive. You do this by holding Option when the computer makes the startup sound.
D. If everything looks good on the USB drive, you can shut down the computer.

E. Remove the battery with the coin.

F. Take off the metal L-shaped thing that holds in the memory and the hard drive. You need to undo 3 little phillips screws.

G. Pull the white plastic strip to remove the hard drive. Need to be careful at this point to avoid any static discharges, so take at least one shoe off and make sure your foot is on the ground.

H. Use the size 8 Torx to remove the hard drive carriage. Replace the old drive with the new one. Put the old one into the static bag.

I. Put everything back together. Note: when replacing the L-bracket, you should use a small flat-head screwdriver to stuff the memory buffer material back into their slots. Start up the computer.

Should boot into OSX, but you may have to hold the option key to get it to boot up. I've had this problem, but I think I may not have used GUID to format the disk.

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MacBook Pro :: Which Has More Bang For Buck? SSD Or 7200

Jul 21, 2009

Bang for buck wise which has a better speed to price ratio? I'm not talking about benchmarks, I'm talking about noticeable performance. I heard some people say that 5400 drives are so fast nowadays that even 7200 drives can sometimes be slower. Is this true?

Also, if it's a 7200 drive, is it cheaper to BTO straight from Apple the 7200 drive? Rather than buy aftermarket? (bearing in mind that I don't need the space of the two drives, so if I buy aftermarket the old drive will end up being unused )

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MacBook Pro :: Is This The Seagate 500GB 7200.4

Aug 15, 2009

I'm trying to find out if this is the same seagate drive. I have searched around but could not find anywhere saying its a 7200.4.




It has a different number ST905003N3A1AS-RK I know RK means retail kit, but I just wanted to make sure it is the same drive before I go and buy it.

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MacBook Pro :: Finding Options For 500 GB - 7200 Rpm Hdd?

Aug 20, 2009

Is the Seagate (with built-in drop protection) the only option for a 500 Gb, 7200 rpm drive? I bought a 15" MBP a few weeks ago and opted for the 5400 rpm drive since I heard there were lots of problems with the 7200 rpm drive. I see Apple released a patch recently for the 7200 rpm drive, but it sounds as if it's not a 100% solution (Apple says it "reduces" the problem). Are there any 500 Gb, 7200 rpm drives that are recommended (and don't have redundant built-in drop protection)? I can tell my drive is a bottleneck.

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