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Late 2008 MacMini WD 7200 RPM Drive and iMovie

 
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DeeLondon
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Late 2008 MacMini WD 7200 RPM Drive and iMovie Reply with quote

I have a late model MacMini - the one with a superDrive I believe it's 2Ghz

I believe it's the same model as this

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/specs/mac-mini-core-2-duo-2.0-specs.html

This is not my every day computer anymore - mostly I use a PC I built myself but on rare occasions I like to use the MacMini to create a short video on iMovies.

I've already upgraded the RAM on the MacMini to 4GB but it still has the standard 120GB Drive on it.


What I want to know is will upgrading the Hard Drive to a faster 7200 RPM Drive make much difference in the speed of processing of videos in iMovie?


I have an old laptop which has a 320GB WD Black 7200 RPM Drive which I could remove and swap with the standard 120GB Drive that came with the MacMini - will it work?, will it speeds things up much? And will it cause over heating and fan noise issues?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OS X is a disk based operating system, so installing a faster drive will result in the system running more responsively.

I don't know how much responsive, but it will be more responsive.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also: A BIGGER disk will be faster than a smaller one.

Whenever I've measured the disk speed of, say, a 320GB disk, it's much faster than a smaller, say, 120GB disk like yours. Multiple platters working in parallel, newer technology, etc.? I'm sure it won't make any difference regarding heat (or overheating) though.

So the SIZE makes a bigger difference to speed than the simple spindle rotation speed.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

install a bigger disk you will be much happier!!!

As for editing movies on that model it does take a little time if your movie exceeds 1.2 gig's for example it will take longer because of the huge file size but another question i have is what version of imovie are you using imovie 06 and 08 where known for long movie processing times where imovie 09 takes a lot less time i have created tons of movies using imovie 09.
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