500GB HD @ 7200 rpm ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ok2uselane, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. ok2uselane macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010
    I was wondering what the cache size was on the upgrade 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm that Apple is offering? Does anyone know what drive they are using for this?
  2. ok2uselane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010
  3. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    At the Apple store the 17" MBP had a 5400RPM Hitachi HD. Don't know about the 7200RPM version. I should know no later than May 4. :)
  4. breathesrain macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2010
    Well, I believe the two laptop drives of that size and speed available right now (Seagate momentus 7200.4 and Hitachi 7K500) both use 16 MB caches.
  5. pawo macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    idk, I'm looking at the 15" 2.4 i5.. the 500gb 7200rpm hd is + $135... you can buy the same/better hard drive for $80-90. And you can throw the 320 that it comes with in an external enclosure. I don't see why anyone (who's buying the 2.4) wouldn't do this.. I looked it up and swapping the drives doesn't seem hard.
  6. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    I think a lot of people simply don't want to take the time to buy the 7200rpm drive and install it themselves. I bought a Hitachi 320gb @ 7200rpm drive and replaced the stock 500gb @ 5400rpm drive in my 17" i7. I then took that 500gb drive and put it in an external enclosure to use as my Time Machine backup drive. Works perfect!
  7. ok2uselane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010

    This is why I'm asking... The upgrade is only $50 on the 2.66. So, I'm wondering why it's so cheap (other than a bulk discount for Apple).
  8. ok2uselane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010
    Thanks, I'm still saving, on a student budget, and can't purchase until mid-May.

    Breathesrain: That's what I see as I research, as well.

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