7200RPM HD Owners, Is your Harddrive Loud?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Habusho, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Habusho macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2006
    Hi, I'm on the fence as to whether to get a 7200RPM 200Gig or 5400RPM 250Gig Hd for my MBP. Could any of the owners of the 7200RPM drives let us know how loud their HD is and how their battery use is going with that. Thx
  2. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    My Hitachi 7200-rpm drive was loud enough when parking the head (which OS X sometimes makes it do in intervals of 10-20 seconds with no end in sight) that I replaced it with a 320GB 5400-rpm WD Scorpio and never looked back. Quieter drive, greater capacity, no significant difference in battery life that I can see, and in all honesty the speed difference is only minimally noticeable for all but a small minority of uses.
  3. candygirrl macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2008
    I'd really like to get some more replies as I'm having a very hard time deciding.
    I'm leaning towards the 5400-rpm 250GB drive because I use my Mac 90% at school and it needs to have a good battery life and I can't stand any extra noise. If anyone could confirm this or the opposite, I'd greatly appreciate it.
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    I had a 100G 7200 rpm Hitachi in my 15" MBP before I swapped it with a 320G WD 5400 rpm drive, and I can't tell a difference as far as noise level or battery life, so I don't really think it makes a big difference.

    If it is, the difference is incremental...

  5. PhotoBill macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008

    I have the Hitachi in my MBP, and it's not loud at all. This is the quietest machine I've ever owned. My last laptop had a 100GB 7200RPM Segate drive, and this is MUCH quieter.
  6. candygirrl macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2008
    Thanks guys, now I'm starting to lean towards the 7200-rpm 200GB drive.
    I guess I'm having a hard time deciding! :rolleyes:

    The ones here who have tried both 5400-rpm and 7200-rpm, is the speed difference worth getting a 7200-rpm?
  7. RandiC macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Is this in the new macbook pro thats using the hitachi? I was wondering about the drive noise also. Do you have the part number of your drive so I can check it out?

    Thank you
  8. GibsonMarshall macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Mine isn't loud at all. I have whatever Apple put in mine. I barely know it's there.
  9. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2006
    I'm getting such varied messages from yes it's loud to no I can't even hear it that I'm more confused than before. How about this, has anybody used a 5400RPM HD in maybe an older machine and how does it compare to the 5400RPMs on current or past MBPs?
  10. powerchord macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2007
    right where I am
    nay, my hitachi runs quietly in my 17" MBP... I barely notice it.
  11. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular


    Feb 13, 2008
    If you are thinking of going with a 7200 rpm drive vs. a 5400 rpm then it is definitely worth it. The 7200 rpm is much faster. The Seagate drive tends to be the loudest of them all. If you are going with a 7200, I would try either Hitachi or Western Digital. I haven't had any problems with noise on those. Seagates however, while they are great drives they do tend to be a little louder than your typical hard drive.

    Good luck!
  12. BornToMac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2008
    So what do you guys think? I just bought a mbp 200g w/ a 7200 rpm hd. Is it really that loud? **Paranoid now**
  13. PhotoBill macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
  14. PhotoBill macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008
    If you end up with the Hitachi drive, you will never notice it. My 200GB 7200RPM drive is, well, dead silent. Even when its getting pounded by Aperture or another intensive program I never hear it.

    Hitachi HTS722020K9SA00:

    Capacity: 186.31 GB
    Model: Hitachi HTS722020K9SA00
    Revision: DC4AC77A
    Serial Number: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    200GB Hitachi Hard Disk Drive:
    Capacity: 185.87 GB
    Available: 133.86 GB
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /

  15. fade macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    exploiting this thread to ask my question about the 7200/5400 HD difference

    Edit: nevermind
  16. WHM macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    Not For Me

    I have not heard anything at all ? PERFECT in every way for me !:)
  17. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008

    I hear this "parking" sound every 30 seconds or so. Almost like a very light winding of a clock. Annoying.
  18. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    The aftermarket Hitachi 7K200 that I put in my 15" MBP is very quiet. I never notice it.
  19. dallas112678 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    i cant hear any noise coming from my 7200. Can anyone tell me which ones (brands) apple uses and where we can find out which we have? Which were supposed to be louder?

    But ya mine is quiet.

    My friend has a dell 1530 and it makes a constant clicking noise whenever the HDD is in use lol, that thing is the furthest thing from being quiet...GJ Dell lol.
  20. RSC10 macrumors member


    Apr 1, 2008
  21. shoarthing macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2005
    The Apple-supplied Hitachi 200GB 7200 is refined, not silent - but no louder to my ear than an external WD 2.5" 320GB 5400.
  22. FourtyEightFan macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Hard drive? What hard drive?? :)

    I can barely hear my 7200 RPM drive...

  23. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Not loud at all. I barely know the thing is on.
  24. super98111 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Mine is more quite than the one in my old MBP.

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