Not Understanding New Internal Hard Drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by olobmot, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I am looking to upgrade my hard drive in my mid-2009 13" Macbook Pro (2.53 GHz).

    The hard drive is stock right now, and I am looking to get some more space and quickness. I use Logic Pro a lot and would love an upgrade. I got some new memory and it has been an improvement, as well.

    I have been looking at two in particular. The Seagate Momentus (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momen...TF8&colid=1MUT2AV9G4L6J&coliid=I32F2FIDEQQHQD) and the Western Digital Scorpio (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...TF8&colid=1MUT2AV9G4L6J&coliid=I1BH8GVGH39BD8)

    I like the sizes, but I keep reading in reviews about the whole difficulty with them being 3GB/s and this particular MBP only using 1.5GB/s.

    I am not sure what this means, but I definitely don't want to have any issues. I want it to work like my old hard drive. People suggest lowering the hard drive to 1.5GB/s but I don't know how to do that and stuff...


    Any suggestions for me? That would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    They should be backwards compatible. If not, there are ways to make that work. If you want speed, I would opt for an SSD.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    2009 MBPs support S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II), it is the stock HDD, that is only S-ATA 1.5 Gbps (S-ATA I) (though HDDs do not even saturate that speed).
    I also have a 2009 MBP and a Crucial M4 SSD in mine, it is an S-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) SSD, but works just fine at S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) speeds.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    both of them will work flawlessly. no need to worry about the speeds.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys! Everything looks good, I'll probably just decide on the Seagate. A friend of mine has a Western Digital external hard drive and I am not crazy about his theirs is working.

    Thanks again!
     
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    aarond12

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    My suggestion is to check the reviews on Amazon and other sites for that drive. There were several "drive died in a month" posts on this product. Given Seagate's reliability as of late, I might check around to see if this is a major problem with this drive.

    I would also like to second the notion about the SSD for speed. I put an Intel 320 SSD (160GB) in my first-gen MacBook Pro and was amazed at the difference in performance. Cold booting in less than 10 seconds is great!
     

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