7200rpm Hard Drive with least possible amount of vibration?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Philflow, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I'm looking for a 7200rpm hard drive with the least possible amount of vibration.

    Which one should I take?

    this is what I found sofar:

    Momentus XT 500GB: vibrates
    WD Scorpio Black range: vibrates
    Samsung HM640JJ: vibrates less

    Hitachi 7K500 rather quiet?

    Haven't found any experience with:
    Hitachi Z7K320
    Momentus XT 250GB

    any suggestions & experiences welcome.
  2. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    I just ordered a 500GB Momentus 7200.4 and it should be here this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes but from the reviews, it was quiet with no vibration in 13" MBP
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    I have had the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM installed in my MBP 15", no irritation due to vibration or sound.
    Now I have a Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM installed, same as the Seagate but even a little quieter?
    Anyway, in a 15" either will be fine.
    Stay away from the WD Scorpio Blue, it makes a constant "whooshhh" sound that drove me crazy, and it often had the beachball up and spinning. The power management firmware just doesn't match the MBP in my 2009 model.
  4. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I'm not patient enough. I ordered a Momentus XT 500GB. Will let you know how it goes. I'm aware that this drive may not work flawless in MBP.

    Yes please let us know.
  5. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    The Hitachi 7K500 is the best that I've found--I've tried a number of different drives, and the Hitachi models have produced the least vibration.
  6. Merkyworks macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    i have a WD scorpio black 500 GB 7200rpm installed in my opti-bay and i havent notice it at all
  7. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    Good to know.

    One platter drives should be even better, so Hitachi Z7K320 is probably the silence king.

    If my Momentus XT vibrates too much I may try Hitachi next.
  8. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Hitachi. The 7200 RPM drive I have from them is dead quiet. I wouldn't go near another WD after the experience I've had with their Scorpio series.
  9. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I just recently installed the Scorpio Black and ironically, it is MUCH more quieter than my Seagate 5400 RPM drive. I highly recommend it as it is very quiet and the performance increase is very noticeable.
  10. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    Got the XT 500GB in my MBP now. It's totally quiet :)

    Fast too!
  11. t0rr3s macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2010
    another vote for the scorpio black. 500gb bpkt, great performance, quiet and cool.
  12. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
  13. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    Got my Seagate Momentus 7200.4 (500GB @ 7200rpm)

    Audibility: You gotta be listening for it to hear it, and it gets overtaken by the fans quickly.

    Vibration: Slightly noticeable, if you put your hands on either side of the track pad you can feel it but doesn't really both me when im typing. Though in all honesty I never really felt for the vibrations before putting it in. I'm going to open it back up later and make sure the bracket is completely tight to rule that out as a contributing factor.

    All in all: worth it, especially for only $60 with free shipping and no tax from Newegg (it's $65 + $4.99 shipping regular, got it on promo a few days back)
  14. Glockcubed macrumors member


    May 24, 2011
    New to MBP, was trying to find out which one Apple uses. The one I have is fast and quit, but I don't know what make it is.:eek: Anyone know? Thanks
  15. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I am using this exact drive in my MBP as I type this. I haven't noticed any noise or vibration at all coming from the drive. I have the same drive installed in a Windows laptop, and that one is just as quiet and vibration-free.
  16. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    it changes every year, the one i just pulled out of my 13" 2010 MBP was a Toshiba
  17. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Open it up and check? It takes 5 minutes or so. Apple uses many brands.
  18. dsio macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    I can't hear it either, and you would have to really try hard to notice any vibration. The fast thing on the other hand, you definitely notice ;)
  19. Glockcubed macrumors member


    May 24, 2011
    Thanks, It is a Hitach. I am still learning my way around. It was under more about this Mac.:eek::eek:
  20. kfmfe04 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Recommend Hitachi 7K750

    I just bought a Hitachi 7K750 750GB drive to replace the 250GB Toshiba that crapped out on my 13" 2009 mbp - the 7200RPM runs faster, quieter (zero vibration), and noticeably cooler than the old 5400RPM drive.

    I think I lost a little bit in battery life, but it's all worth it - I highly recommend the 7K750.
  21. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Just installed my Momentus XT 500GB 7200rpm today ... Perhaps I'm going deaf but I'm not hearing anything.

    Vibrations are a non issue too.

    Pretty much I don't notice any difference between this and the stock drive as for as convenience is concerned.
  22. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Agreed, I have had this in my MBP for a week now and found it no noisier than my stock 5400rpm drive and vibrations aren't an issue with me. I can only hear it properly when I stick my ear to the palm rest. Really quick when it learns your habits. A great drive IMO.
  23. cibby macrumors member

    May 27, 2005
    I recently installed a Hitachi 7k750 in my Optibay (have ssd in the main bay). The actual seek/write sounds are hardly if at all noticeable, and no vibration. What I do notice though is it's regular "spun up" sound is loud, almost like a fan. When I first heard it I thought my fans were running high, but then it went away after the HD spun down. The other hitachi owners in this thread say they're super quiet so i'm curious if you notice the same thing or mine is loud.

    Are any of you running them in an Optibay? I've thought of trying it in the other bay but don't want to do unnecessary surgery. I asked OWC about it and they said moving it would not make a difference.
  24. Peruvian macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2006
  25. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    I just installed the Hitachi 7K500. Runs great - no noise, or extra vibration. I also find it noticeably faster than the Seagate 7200.4 (500gb) I had in my old 13" MBP

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