7200RPM HDD create too much heat for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattchiro, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. mattchiro macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    I've just ordered 4GB Ram upgrade of my 2.2GHz Santa Rosa MBP and I thought at the same time i should possibly look at upgrading the HDD to a faster 7200RPM drive?

    I'm sure the extra RM and faster HDD will make a noticeably difference in speed.

    One question, will a 7200RPM HDD not create too much heat for the MBP? I don't get heat issues currently and my dad welded an aluminium stand to raise it off of my desk to help dissipate heat. Will the drive new drive be ok??

    Anyone else done this who can give advice?
  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Heat shouldn't be a problem. Just installed a 7200 RPM drive and been doing Photoshop, Aperture and a few games and no heat problems to note.
  3. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    It'll be fine. It may run a touch warmer, but nothing outside of spec for the HD.
  4. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    7200rpm gets a bit hotter and makes a bit more sound, but usually not problematic.

    I would not recommend buying 500GB/7200rpm as it does not perform well.

    You're better of with WD5000BEVT or WD3200BEKT.
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Considering it's a BTO option, it shouldn't be an issue at all.
  6. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
  7. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    I just installed Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB/7200 three days ago and until today still noticed no problem at all. The knew that the same model before May has an issue with Macs. Now it seems like it's been fixed. Now don't see any problem at all.
  8. Feng Shui macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    I think the new Seagate Momentus 7200.4 has not heat problem. Most of the old ones do.
  9. packgrad2000 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    Had the WD Scorpio 320GB 7200 in my 2.2 SR MBP for a little while (took it out because I was going to sell my MBP cause of the video card issue) and I didn't notice a difference at all. Temps were more or less the same, but oh what a difference that HD made compared to the stock 120GB Fujitsu. Everything loaded faster.
  10. ifoner macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I just got my new MBP 15" w/500GB 7200RPM drive, and I can tell you that it's quiet, and I don't notice it being hotter than my previous MBP with the slower drive.
  11. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    It's also a matter of luck, one 7200.4 will vibrate the other one will be totally quiet, while the other one will make shssss sounds.

    Same thing for the WD Scorpio Black.
  12. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    Seagate 7200.4 vs WD Blue

    I have one in my Macbook right now (awaiting delivery of new 17" MBP), I don't really see any issues, although I had to RMA one with Seagate already (within 2 days of using it), the new one seems great and has worked for 3 months wonderfully.

    After seeing all the benchmarks, its no wonder WD wasn't come out with a 500GB black yet. The blue is out performing the 7K seagate for 2/3rd's the price. Now, I wish I just got the 5400, my 17" would have been here already as that option put 5-7 days to ship.

    Its unlikely in the real-world anyone would really see a day-to-day difference between the WD Blue and Seagate 7200.4, but the blue
    • wins on most, if not all credible review sites for 500GB laptop drives
    • costs 2/3rd's the price of the 7200.4
    • uses less power in both idle and under load.
    if i was doing it over again, I would have opted for the WD Blue hands down.

    It's all temporary though until things like the Corsair P256 SSD come down in price or Intel releases a X25-M successor :)
  13. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Agreed. The only time I noticed a difference was during boot times. The Seagate will load in 10 sec (starting from the Apple screen) where as the WD loads anywhere between 15-20 seconds but within the OS, it seems comparable 1-2 seconds off. I don't mind the price on the Seagate but the vibration was not tolerable for me so I returned it and got the WD drive instead, couldn't be happier.

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