Been researching for a while.. Which HDD (non-hybrid) is good for a 2009 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by applephysci, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. applephysci macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have a 2009 Macbook pro. I recently added a 256 Samsung 830 SSD and am delighted at the increase in speed and effectual results. My OS is on the SSD while my music, movies, and photos are on the HDD.

    I would now like to increase my HDD capacity to a 500 or 750 GB. Since I already have the SSD, I'm not too keen on the hybrid Seagate Momentus XT.

    I've been researching over the past couple of weeks and find several old threads here where the Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200RPM 2.5" is held in high esteem. But then I also find posts from other users who insist otherwise and recommend a WD drive.

    Any thoughts?
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    I'd pick the HDD with the lowest power draw personally. Performance for your purposes will be fine with any of them.
    Toshiba MK7559GSXP 750GB 7200RPM seems to be the fastest with least amount of power drain.
  3. makaveli559m macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2012
    I have the Momentus XT 500GB its pretty good, SSD is not reliable I rather have the best of both SSD plus standard HDD. Its pretty fast on everything just been thinking of getting the 750GB version.
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040


    If you need disk space (and possibly create a fusion drive), the 1TB WD Scorpio Blue, if you're rather keep things separated between the SSD and hard drive, the speedier 750GB WD Scorpio Black. The price is about the same.

    Or their respective Seagate counterpart, which have a quicker buffer cache, but the drives themselves are a little slower than the Western Digital ones.
  5. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Many recommendations above, but how many have actually tried those drives in a 2009 MBP? I actually installed and tried to use a wD Blue 500GB, 5,400RPM, constant beachballs and lag, totally useless. Then I tried a Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200RPM which worked well, until I found a 500GB Hitachi 7,200RPM, which also worked well and ran a little cooler than the Seagate. I could recommend either of these two, not much difference in speed either. I expect the 750GB versions of either would be even faster.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The one that fits your needs a budget and has a good warranty.
  7. karsten macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2010
    i've got a 750GB Scorpio Blue in my 2009 in the optibay and it works great. Model WDC WD7500BPVT

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