'm I missing something?

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'm I missing something?

since when were there 200GB Laptop drives? I saw this while looking at the new MacBook Pro's I was never aware that any were released lately? Then again, I also haven't followed up /. recently, so that might be one problem...

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about laptop drives

Companies like Apple get their pick of the latest and greatest drive technology about 6 months to a year before any individual consumer could get their hands on them. Its supply and demand... they place these giguntus orders for many thousands of drives, and there's just not enough left over for the public until manufacturing meets demand, thus the delay. That being said... I was unaware that 200gb 2.5" drives existed yet either... last I heard they had 160gb 2.5" drives, which isn't too shabby.

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The 200GB drive use the Perpe

The 200GB drive use the Perpendicular technology. The 200gb drives are only 4200rpm though, so theyre literally useless.

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Not necessarily. As the data

Not necessarily. As the data density goes up, more sectors will pass under the head for a given rpm - still 4200 is rather slow, but I would not call me useless.

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Re: Not necessarily. As the data

martakz wrote:
still 4200 is rather slow, but I would not call me useless.

Neither would I, but we're discussing a hard drive, not you. Wink

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Re: Not necessarily. As the data

martakz wrote:
Not necessarily. As the data density goes up, more sectors will pass under the head for a given rpm - still 4200 is rather slow, but I would not call it useless.

I agree. A drive that I have that is 30GB at 7200RPM (desktop) is slower for me than a 60GB at 5400RPM (Desktop). So the amount of data crammed into the area DOES make it faster. I just wish they would have Upped the speed. but then again, it may be due to power constraints. Remember, faster speeds pull more current. It might be that apple opped to use the slower speeds to keep the battery life up, instead of getting a faster drive and losing power.

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I was thinking that just as I

I was thinking that just as I posted last night. Also, power is probably one of Apples concernes.

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How on earth did I make that

How on earth did I make that mistake. Freudian slip

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