Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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"I can post screenshots from HDTune Pro if needed, but e.g. my laptop's 500GB drive starts at 75MB/s sequential read speed at the furthest edge of the platter and drops all the way to around 50MB/s sequential read when closest to the center of the platter."

Well, you're talking laptop drives, which are often much slower than desktop equivalents due to much slower 5400RPM and a much smaller platter at the rim such that fewer bits fly under the heads per rotation. Your conclusion is absolutely true. However I was wondering about a HDD rig built for performance.

I have to admit thought that 500MB/s seems hard to beat, heck I don't think my (bargin priced) motherboard could even support that data rate.

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