Changed my hard drive!

After traveling the country side of yunnan my computer had multiple times crashed into the walls of the bus (or truck or whatever transportation available). It still worked, but I felt that somehow the speed had gone down and the overall feeling was that one day it would crash. I did benchmarks (using Xbench) and results where really bad and I went out in the search for the ultimate replacement.

After reading this article at Barefeats.com I decided for the Hitachi 7K100. Without any guarantees left from Apple (my computer was bought in may 2004) I decided to do it myself, I googled for some time and after hours of searching (donno why) I found this splendid how to article.

Everything went well, it’s a tricky thing to open a powerbook! :) But now it’s all together and all my software reinstalled, and benchmarks?! From a mediocre score of 33 to a much improved 46 (sometimes as high as 48) I can really feel how much faster everything is! I was thinking about a MacBook pro but Now I’ll keep my baby a little longer.

:) And I have a feeling that something much improved is around the corner. There is no new 12″ and 17″ and why have the capability of playing full HD (1920x1080p) when you don’t have a blue ray or a HDDVD drive?!

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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8 Responses to Changed my hard drive!

  1. Svennis says:

    Tried the Xbench om my OSx86 installation, scored a wopping 35 due to low graphics results..

  2. Woaa.. that's not bad at all.. What did you score on your graphics?! Maybe recalculate with another number and see what it should have been.

    What's your system?!

  3. Svennis says:

    Well, the first number was wrong, it should've been 28. That was on a Compaq N800C w. no support for core image or quartz extreme.

    Then, I tried the installation on my Dell Dimension 8250, Pentium 3.06ghz 512 RDRAM and a ATI Radeon 9700 PRO.

    Score: 56.14!!!

    And, I have to add, it has support for Core Image and Quatrz Extreme.. :-)

  4. wääääi! That's really great! I have 48 at best on my very optimized Powerbook! Maybe I should send you some of my software to test?! :D

    What version of Tiger did you try?!

  5. Svennis says:

    This was 10.3.4, i tried a recent release of 10.4.5 but the mouse or keyboard did not work during installation so I couldnt install.

  6. Svennis says:

    Sorry, 10.4.3 i mean!!

  7. Svennis says:

    Havent tried it yet .. sorry. Its just that I cant really do anything when I'm on OSX. Only enjoy the delightful graphics.. nothing else.

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