1TB Upgrade Questions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Z400Racer37, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if some of you might be able to help me out? I was hoping that somebody who bought a 1 TB MacBook Pro from Apple could open up system information (or system profile pre-mountain lion) and tell me what the brand/model of the drive is?

    I'm currently looking at a Hitachi Travelstar 1 TB, but it would be nice to have something that is Apple screened/approved. Also, do any of you have any comments on the drive I'm looking at? Or have any recommendations for me? (My priority is battery life, I'm not too concerned about speed)

    Thanks a lot everyone!!
  2. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  3. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    To be honest, hard drives are hard drives. Apple uses whatever drives it can get the best deal on.

    There won't be any difference in battery life between different capacity drives of the same speed (5400rpm, 7200rpm etc.).
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    The only drives I would steer clear of right now are the WD Green drives (seen some poor reliability from the ones I've sold). The Travelstars are great, and yes, Apple does use them sometimes. What Apple uses shouldn't be your measure, though, because they use a wide variety and they choose the drives for different reasons than you probably should.

  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I usually go with whatever is on sale. Samsung used to make good 2.5" drives, but I'm not sure if they even make a 1TB model right now.
  6. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  7. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    I'm in the middle of upgrading my second HDD (media storage) in my MBP from an old Momentus XT 500gb to now a WD Blue 1TB. It seemed to be the one with with the most favorable reviews on Amazon and when googled. I wish it was 7200rpm but it's just for media, my boot drive is a SSD. Also, I probably didn't need to but I used CCC (still in progress) to clone the drive instead of manual copying since they're just "files". Weird thing though is that it has cloned/copied half already but the progress bar is barely at about 25%. I wonder if it'll stop when all data has been transferred or the progress bar goes to 100%
  8. vdubbeet macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2012
    newbie to MBP and need to upgrade to 1TB internal drive

    ASAP! Bought a gently used early '09 MBP & need to upgrade to a 1TB hd fairly quickly. There are so many options! Wanted to get someone's opinion who actually uses one (or more). I really like the Samsung Momentus XT however, its max capacity is 750GB. I'm left with several options and not sure which is the best (in no particular order):
    Western Digital
    Hitachi (a Western Digital Company):
    All things appear to be similar if not exactly the same. Very little variance on price. Look forward to receiving your advice & opinions. Thanks in advance.
  9. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2011
    London, England
    I've got two Western Digital Blue 1Tb drives in mine. Have used these since my previous mid-2009 model and all good so far.
  10. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    I just put a Seagate Momentus XT in my wife's 2011 MBP13 and with 8GB of NAND cache and 7200rpm it flies. Hybrid is definitely the way to go.
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Smasung Spinpoint 1TB is what I use.
    So far no problem at all.
  12. vdubbeet macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2012
    I was leaning in that direction but feel I'll quickly fill up a 750gb HD fairly quickly or possibly not. I do a lot of video, photos and music. The video files are what kill me. Thanks for your input. Also, did you have to use a jumper cable when you installed the Seagate or was it just a simple plug and play? Thanks again.


    I guess the jury's still out on this one. I'll have to wait and see what other advice/opinions are posted between now and Monday when I make my decision. Leaning toward the Seagate even though its just 750gb because of its speed. Second choice, I guess would be the WD 1tb. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to all of you who have replied so far. Much appreciated :)
  13. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Video accounts for the majority of my wife's file storage too. Whether or not 750GB will do is purely up to your usage habits obviously, but the speed advantage of the hybrid is significant. Though I've never had a 7200rpm drive in a laptop before, a pure 7200rpm platter won't be near-instantaneous, and the hybrid is for a lot of what one does. It's plug-n-play in the 2011 MBP.
  14. vdubbeet macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2012
    Thanks so much for your help! I did go with the WD, installed it today without any issues (thanks to ifixit.com), did the disk image and went flawlessly. Have a great weekend.

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