Best 500gb hard drive?

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  1. Mugs macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm looking to upgrade the 320gb hard drive that came with my 2.66ghz MBP. I was just wondering what's the quickest 500gb 2.5" drive around now? I would love to get the scorpio blue 640gb but I can't really justify the fact its like double the price of most of the 500gb's. Btw I live in the UK :) Thanks a lot, also does anyone know a good website to buy from inside the UK for stuff like hard drives and Ram, because newegg seem good but I don't think they ship here :( Thanks again.
     
  2. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    I think that given you don't have a small drive now (eg. 160gb) it makes more sense to get an external drive for the data you don't need on the go (movies etc). I'd wait for 7200RPM 500+ GB drives to become cheaper before I upgraded my internal drive.
     
  3. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    I've been very pleased with my WD Scorpio Blue 500GB drive.
     
  4. Mugs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey. Yer I was looking at that one, was the there a noticable change in speed when you changed from your stock drive? Thanks
     
  5. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    Both Segate and WD are great brands, you really can't go wrong either way.

    BTW:

    5400 is fine. 7200 does very little to boost performance. Few second faster bootup, few second faster reads/writes for about 10%-15% drain in battery performance.

    Get a nice 500gb drive now. By next year 80/160 SSD (which have huge performance boosts and extends battery life) prices will be much more reasonable. And you can buy a cheap 10 dollar enclosure for the 2.5' hd and use that for your movies/music.
     
  6. Mugs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool thanks a lot for that. I think I'm guna go for the scorpio blue 500gb :) Also anybody know a good website who ships/delivers to the UK for hard drives and RAM? Thanks
     
  7. AnotherFanBoy macrumors regular

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    I have the WD Scorpio Blue and it's a great drive. I then bought a cheap enclosure for my stock drive. I got mine from Amazon. For RAM and stuff some good places are Crucial, Misco, eBuyer.
     
  8. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Not much. I just wanted more space though in a reliable drive, and I got it. It's a really nice bargain IMHO.
     
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  10. Takashi macrumors regular

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    I like WD more, but Segate is not bad either.

    I would get the 500GB version since it's the best buy. For a laptop, I would stick with 5,400 rpm since it's more economical ($$ and battery).
     
  11. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    I have a couple of the 500GB Scorpio Blues and they work fantastic for me.
    I guess im a bit of WD fanatic ( ijust prefer theyre fairly simple product line up)

    Actually, the 640GB is a nice drive...and if you wait a couple of hours, i believe newegg is listing it for a BlackFriday deal of $90 which is a steal.


    http://www.facebook.com/Newegg?v=app_10339498918

    product:
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    :cool:


    *edit* oh in the UK, shoot.well anyone finding this might be enlightened to get a good deal on the 640
     
  12. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Got my Hitachi 7K500 today, CCC the old drive to it and then installed it, runs perfectly so far, a bit snappier than the stock 320GB I had. Does get a tad warm on the palmrest (it was always warmer on that side before, not sure if its really different), but very very quiet/silent, not that I heard the old drive either. I had it open/naked and didn't hear much at all when cloning via USB to it (had a USB board for 2.5" drives I hooked up to it).
     
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  14. Takashi macrumors regular

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    Me too. To OP: My opinions will be biased towards WD. Nevertheless, they are all good.
     
  15. bcburrows macrumors 6502

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    I just bought the seagate from Amazon £80 (free next day delivery) actually cheaper on dabs £75.
    Broke after 3/52 - amazon sent a replacement the next day.

    Speedwise - seconds quicker on start up
    Battery - no difference noted - certianly not 10-15% drain on battery
    Space - good - have 300Gb mac and 200Gb windows 7
    Price - reasonable

    Just check out quality of other peoples seagate experiences I guess

    What ever happened to scoprio blacks??
     
  16. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    Check out this deal

    Just bought this today at Amazon to upgrade from my 320Gb 7200rpm HD. I'm putting the old one in another computer. Only $89.99. I needed the extra space from my Windows Install...

    Segate ST9500420AS

    Nuc
     

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