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mini 2.1 2GHz core 2 duo hard drive upgrade?

 
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sammiefish
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: mini 2.1 2GHz core 2 duo hard drive upgrade? Reply with quote

HI All,

its been a while...
well, its getting to the point ...
my HD is getting too full
Intel ICH7-M AHCI:

Vendor: Intel
Product: ICH7-M AHCI
Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported

Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00:

Capacity: 111.79 GB
Model: Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00
Revision: SBDAC7MP
Serial Number:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk0
Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Volumes:
Macintosh HD:
Capacity: 111.35 GB
Available: 38.34 GB
Writable: Yes
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk0s2
Mount Point: /
3 Gb (4Gb) memory
Memory Slots:

ECC: Disabled

BANK 0/DIMM0:

Size: 2 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz
Status: OK
Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000
Part Number: 0x3136485446323536363448592D3636374731
Serial Number: xxxxxx

BANK 1/DIMM1:

Size: 2 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz
Status: OK
Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000
Part Number: 0x3136485446323536363448592D3636374731
Serial Number: xxxxxx

BANK 0/DIMM0:

Size: 2 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz
Status: OK
Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000
Part Number: 0x3136485446323536363448592D3636374731
Serial Number:xxxxxx

BANK 1/DIMM1:

Size: 2 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz
Status: OK
Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000
Part Number: 0x3136485446323536363448592D3636374731
Serial Number:xxxxxx




38 Gb remaining... should i see a degradation of performance at this point...
if so... maybe this is the issue... maybe....

Its time for something bigger....

what is the current opinion of the group for a new HD

I was pretty happy with the performance of my system... so
solid state is not my need... I think I need to increase my capacity...
OR... should I trim down my internal drive and go external....

do you think my degradation of performance is due to full HD or
???

???

Thanks
Chris
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HidariMigi
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: mini 2.1 2GHz core 2 duo hard drive upgrade? Reply with quote

sammiefish wrote:
HI All,
38 Gb remaining... should i see a degradation of performance at this point...


38GB is more than enough for the Mac OS system to perform normally. You would only see slow-downs when the remaining size gets under the total RAM you have in the machine.

The HFS+/Mac OS Extended filesystem generally keeps most files defragmented-- via a process called ""Hot-File-Adaptive-Clustering" -- so you really shouldn't see any performance hit from the the amount of space remaining. That is, unless, of course, you are trying to save large files that require most of the remaining free space.

To gain more space, you might consider is archiving/deleting old and unused files. There's a nice piece of free software that will help map out what files are taking up the most space -- Disk Inventory X. See: www.derlien.com

A faster (7200) hard drive can help, overall, but can be pricey.
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