Upgrading to a 7.2K drive? Read this first!
Dave Nagel at digitalproducer.com upgraded his MacBook drive to a 100GB Hitachi Travelstar - and was disappointed.
'Want to upgrade to a faster internal hard drive for your MacBook or MacBook Pro? Hitachi's 100 GB Travelstar isn't the answer. Despite its higher rotational speed and other favorable specs, this SATA-based notebook drive provided absolutely no boost in application performance (including Final Cut Pro, Motion and Photoshop). In fact, on the whole, it came out slightly behind the stock 5,400 RPM Fujitsu drive that comes in the 13-inch MacBook based on our common benchmark tests.
'...in short, I was terribly disappointed with the Travelstar. I wanted an increase in performance for the $180 I was spending on this 100 GB drive, but it didn't work out. Which means the whole drive doesn't pencil out. I'll continue using it for its slightly higher capacity (versus the stock 60 GB MacBook drive), but I definitely feel like I've thrown my money away.'
Read Dave's review for all the grisly details.