Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 7200RPM Upgrade

After getting the new Macbook Pro 13in, I quickly used up the 250gb of space that was on it.  I then knew it was either I delete some files, or get a new hard drive.  I opted to get a larger faster drive as I really hate deleting files.  The install was a little more complicated then my previous Macbook…. Mainly just a few more screws to get the drive out.  After the drive was replaced I booted off the OS X CD.  I placed the old drive in an external case, towards the end of the install it allowed me to recover from another hard drive.  I pointed the install to the external drive and it took about 2hrs but it restored all of my files.
I ran xBench before and after to see if there was any improvement going from a 5400RPM drive to a 7200RPM drive. Here are the results.
5400 RPM Drive

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Merry Xmas

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.  Try to stay warm wherever you are, and please send me money so I can buy myself a new mac mini when it comes out.

iTunes 8.0.2

Downloading it now …

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

iTunes 8 and iTunes U are now accessible with VoiceOver on your Mac.

iTunes 8.0.2 improves stability and performance and provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

• Addresses a quality issue creating MP3s on some computers.
• Fixes a connectivity issue with the iTunes Store when using some Internet proxies with Mac OS X.
• Improves accessibility with VoiceOver.