7200 rpm Hard Drive in a MacBook

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  1. jne381 macrumors regular

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    I am planning on purchasing a new MacBook in the next couple of weeks, and I wanted to ask if there would be a problem with putting a 7200rpm hard drive in the machine.

    I understand that the power consumption will be greater, but will there be any major issues with heat? I am assuming there would not be an issue with regards to the size of the Drive, but am I wrong?

    Finally, I have been looking at the 100GB Hitachi

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822146052

    or the Seagate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822146228

    are there any recommendations as to which product is more reliable?

    Thanks
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    The Hitachi isn't labeled as Serial ATA, and I'd always go with a Seagate, personally.

    You will void your warranty.

    Do you use the laptop more on battery or plugged in?
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    1. I always go with Seagate. They make very good hard drives and have the best warranty on the market.

    2. You won't see much loss in battery life. Tests of PC laptops show a loss of about 15 minutes when upgrading to 7200 RPM. I doubt you'd lose any more than that.

    3. I have no idea how the MB will handle the heat. It's still too new of a computer for anyone to have tested it yet. I'm sure people have already put 7200 RPM hard drives in MBs, but no one knows if the computer's life span will be considerable cut short. Now after that little warning is over with, I would guess that a MB will be fine with a 7200 RPM hard drive.
     
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    I use the laptop with the battery more often than plugged in.
     
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    Thanks for the observation.
     
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    As Apple have posted instructions regarding how to change your hard drive at APPLE.COM, I don't think that you will void your warranty unless you break something on the way in or way out.
     
  7. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I found the official Apple document (now I can't remember where I found it :eek: ) detailing how to replace your hdd and warning you:

    "Follow the instructions in this document carefully. Failure to follow these instructions could damage your equipment and void your warranty."

    One of the Apple Store salesmen told me it would void my warranty anyway, but I don't much trust them anymore...each one seems to have a different thing to say. :rolleyes:
     
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    Another vote for Segate, although that Hitachi drive Abulia referenced looks pretty sweet as well.

    I wouldn't worry about the added power consumption either, for the most part it's unnoticeable.
     
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    As someone who has done battle with Apple Care on a monumentous level, I'd recommend not giving them any reason to say something - anything - is not covered.
     
  12. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    From the X-bit labs review:
    The Seagate has a 5 year warranty, the Hitachi 3 years, if that's important to you.

    Hitachi draws slightly less power at idle and has a shorter avg seek time (only .5 ms better). Other than that they're pretty much identical, spec wise.

    There's another review at The Tech Report. They do have sound and power draw results, though. The prefer the Seagate.

    Tech specs
     
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