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What is the fastest possible harddrive I can put in a Macbook Pro?

Asked by vekteur (107points) August 12th, 2010

What is the fastest possible harddrive available in terms of RPM that I can put in a 2010 Macbook Pro 15” i7?

Do the 10000 – 15000 rpm SATA drives work – would they overheat or severely decrease battery life?

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hungerforpizza's avatar

SSD or Solid State Drives are by far the fastest drives. They are also expensive.

vekteur's avatar

Since SSDs are so expensive right now, my question is mainly focused on standard hard drives. Any suggestions?

timtrueman's avatar

7.2k is the fastest physically possible as far as I am aware. The 10k SATA drives (Raptor, etc.) generate too much heat as I understand it. The 10k/15k drives are usually SAS and I believe slightly taller than laptop drives despite being described as coming in a 2.5” form-factor.

patg7590's avatar

a lightning bolt!

also I hear there is a new “Hybrid” drive from Seagate that has something like a 4 or 8gb flash cache and physical spinning platters. Supposedly the best of both worlds.

vekteur's avatar

Thanks – very helpful answers.

camertron's avatar

SSD (solid state) is the fastest hard drive around and also the most expensive. If you’ve got an extra $800 to drop on a 128GB drive, then go for it!

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