160 GB drive - Seagate, Samsung, or Hitachi, etc

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Snide, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Snide macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    I'm looking for a 160 GB drive for a Macbook, and am trying to decide what to get.

    I've always liked Seagate for the quiet and 5 year warranty, but I saw a whole
    lot of negative reviews (failures) in the comments at Newegg. Is the Seagate
    160 GB drive problematic? Obviously I want a drive with the 5 year warranty.
    Are any of you using the Samsung or Hitachi in this size? Also, for those of you who
    had a 160 GB drive BTO from Apple with your 'book, what brand did you get?

    I've had a 7200 RPM Hitachi running nearly 24/7 in a Pismo with no problems for
    the better part of a year, and at the moment I am using a Seagate 100 GB drive
    that I just installed in a 1 Ghz Dell Inspiron PIII (the horror, I know, but I can't take
    the dog-slow Pismo's 400 Mhz anymore - plus the screen just broke; Macbook enroute!) :cool:

    The Seagate is absolutely silent compared to the Hitachi, and seems just as fast.
    At the moment the Samsung is $135; Hitachi $140; and Seagate $160.00.
    Last I checked the Hitachi warranty was 3 years; don't know about the others.
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Hitachi all the way!!

    I have Hitachi drives in my Powerbook G4 and my Macbook. I can barely hear the 120GB in the Powerbook and the Macbook 160GB SATA drive is so quiet I must lean down to hear it seek.

    I've never had a failure with either (though the 160 is only 2 months old). I also have used the Samsung ATA 120GB and it was whisper quiet too.

    You could probably do just fine with any of the brands you've listed.

  3. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    I am about to send back my Hitachi 160 GB for a replacement. Got a week ago, and the think is loud as hell. I think I just got a bad HD, hopefully the next will be quite. I am too debating if I should just get a refund and get the Seagate instead!
  4. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Tough choice. I was thinking about getting the Hitachi 160GB but opted for a Seagate 100GB 7200rpm and this thing is super quiet and fast! Though I did wish I could have gotten a 160GB 7200rpm :D (I know its not out...yet)

    I'd go for the Seagate...5 yr warranty baby!
  5. dixiehacker macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2006
    Avoid Hitachi

    While, I am new to the Mac world, I have extensive experience with notebook hard drives. I stronly suggest that you avoid Hitachi drives all together. I have gone through two hitachi's in my personal Gateway. Two friends of mine, and my boss have all had Hitachi drives go bad. That makes for a total of 5 bad hitachi drives I have seen in the last year and a half alone.

    My suggestion would be Samsung. While they are a tad slower than hitachi, their reliability makes up for their performance. The two samsung notebook drives I have have not yet failed after 2 years, and are still quiet as the day they were installed. Many people I know in the local software development community have had similar positive experiences with Samsung.
  6. supersuperga macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2007
    Go Seagate

    I've had hitachi drives fail (2 out of probably 20 over 7-8 years, nothing in the last 3 though) and a Samsung drive fail (out of 1, and in a bad way ... gradual errors that only showed up when I tried to back it up).

    I have 7 Seagate drives at the mo and have never had a problem .. plus the 5 years warranty is definitely money-where-mouth-is.

    Did read a post recently from a technician saying samsung dire for reliability (20% fail), hitachi a little better and Toshiba a little better still (have lost some of these too...). WD (yup, got 5 spinning in my server now) the best with Seagate nearly as good. My experience defninitely backs this up. Both WD and Seagate make laptop drives btw.
  7. supersuperga macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2007

    ... and the one message coming from all of this is .... backup backup backup. Regularly ..!
  8. dixiehacker macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2006

    I agree that WDs are great in the desktop. I currently have 7 of them in various desktops and servers. They are, however, less established in the notebook market. I am not saying they are bad, just new.
  9. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
  10. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Excellent choice! :cool:
  11. leroymuc macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2006
    Munich, Germany
    Thats interesting. Are we talking about the same drive? I bought a Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 160GB drive and I'd call it loud. It's definitely much louder than the original 80GB drive in my Macbook. I have not thought about returning the Hitachi, tough since I'm not sure what is normal for that drive. The noise I get does not really disturb me but of course I'd have my drive replaced if I knew they're supposed to be quieter...
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Very interesting. Following this forum there appears to be a wide range of quality issues related to the Hitachi laptop drives. I looked back at the newegg.com reviews and 1 out of 22 complained of a drive failure. I guess I am one of the lucky (or blessed depending on your outlook) ones. So far my Hitachi drives are performing well.

    Even so, I do use SuperDuper to create images and a bootable partition on my external 400GB drive on a regular basis.

    I think it is safe to say anything with moving parts will eventually fail, some sooner than others.

  13. caribiner23 macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2005
    I've always avoided the Hitachi drives because of their legacy as the old IBM TravelStar (aka "DeathStar") drives.

    For what it's worth, I swapped in a Fujitsu 120 GB 5400 RPM drive in my MacBook and things have been beautiful ever since... :)
  14. Dave the Great macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Get the Seagate!!

    (From personal experience) The Hitachi is loud as hell!!

    (From personal experience) The Seagate is quiet and just as speedy, if not more so!!
  15. djejrejk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    Does anyone know which hard drive brands ship with the MBP's ?

    I want to upgrade but I think I am going to wait until larger Seagate 7200's (larger the 100g) or the new flash/hybrid drives become available.
  16. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    hi, I always use seagate for my computer,
    be it desktop, or notebook, be it windows or apple :p
    now i still have:
    -2,5" 100GB IDE in my Asus W1N
    -2,5" 160GB IDE in my Fujitsu P7010 LE
    -2,5" 160GB SATA in my Black MacBook
    -2,5" 100GB SATA in external casing for back up on the road.
    -3,5" 320GB IDE in External casing for network Storage at Home.

    Pfieeeeww i didn't realised that i have too much space now :)

    anyway all of them is SEAGATE MOMMENTUS !
    and i never have any problem at all !
    i've been very happy with their performance too,
    Speed is excelent (but i never tried any 7200rpm before)
    Noise is , what noise ? the fan is even louder :p
    heat , they get a bit warm but deffinetly not hot.

    so i recommend seagate mommentus for those who want quality, the price is a tad higher than others brand , but hey , u pay for the quality :p

    the only experience i had with other brand is only fujitsu though.
    it silent,and cool, but the performance sucks :( , compared to seagate.

    hope it helps.

    From what i read on the internet:
    -Seagate for overall quality and performance. reccomended on all laptop
    -Fujitsu for their low power consumptions (but losses on performance) reccomended for external enclosure and also on ultra mobile laptop
    -Hitachi for Speed (but some say noisy and hot) reccomended on gaming laptop.
    -Samsung ( have no idea)
    -WD (don't even think of getting one)
    -Toshiba (have no idea)

    Maybe u shoud read more review on the net , such as this :
  17. itsme92 Guest

    I have a hitachi and it works fine

    Hi, I have a 160gb Hitachi drive I got off Newegg in my Macbook, it works great for me. It is silent, and I haven't had a problem with it.

    I got it because of all the positive reviews I read on Newegg.

    It works great. :)

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