13" Macbook Pro - Best 750gig HDD replacement?

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  1. danistyping macrumors regular

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    Hey guys

    I'm getting a 2.4ghz 2010 13" Macbook Pro soon and I want to upgrade the hard drive myself. Here are 3 questions for you:

    1) Whats the best 750gb option at $150 or less? Newegg has this one for $109 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136546 Is it good?

    2) I use logic 9 and garageband to record audio. Is the 5400rpm not good enough? If so, are there good 7200rpm 750gig drives out there for my macbook?

    3) Are there any reasonably priced 1TB drive options out there?


    Thanks for your time! I genuinely appreciate it.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes, it's a good one and I think it's the only 750GB around too

    500GB is the biggest 7200rpm HD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136545

    That's 175$ so 750GB is better deal


    Thanks for your time! I genuinely appreciate it.
     
  3. danistyping thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    Aside from any other opinions on the above info, does anyone know if I'll have problems in Garage Band or Logic 9 using a 5400 drive instead of a 7200? I currently use a 500gig 7200rpm drive and I'm worried about slow downs and inability to read/write data fast enough when tracking multiple instruments.
     
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    750GB is pretty fast due density as it has two 375GB platters while 500GB has two 250GB platters. Denser means that HD has to spin less to read/write the same time as it can read/write more data per spin, I think. Not sure about exact performance but 750GB won't be much slower than 500GB
     
  5. js81 macrumors 65816

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    If you check the benchmarks at www.harddrivebenchmark.net, you'll see that many 5400rpm drives are as fast or faster than 7200rpm drives. For example, I was between a 640GB 5400rpm drive and a 500GB 7200rpm drive for mine - that was until I saw that the 640GB Samsung HM641JI benchmarked faster than the 500GB 7200rpm Seagate I was considering. Plus, a 5400rpm will use a little less power - not much, mind you, but a little bit. The other day I looked and the HM641JI was $75 shipped at Newegg... not bad for 640GB.

    EDIT: Crap! Its back to $85 (what I paid, BTW)... Oh, well...
     

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