Best 500GB Harddrive for macbook or macbook pro [POLL]

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 10-Dee-Q, Dec 22, 2008.

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Which 500gb Harddrive that you own / that you wish to buy for the new Portables?

  1. Seagate Momentus

    23.9%
  2. Hitachi Travelstar

    10.9%
  3. Samsung Spinpoint

    15.2%
  4. Western Digital

    43.5%
  5. Others (please specify)

    6.5%
  1. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

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    Hi, wondering what you guys use and how is the performance and are you guys satisfied with your 500GB harddrive.
    and what 500GB hardrive does apple recommend?
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No one can answer this poll without first knowing your parameters. Is cost an issue? Do you do lots of random access, or sustained read/write? Those questions are what need to be addressed before giving advice.
     
  3. 10-Dee-Q thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i just want to know which has the best overall performance ,
    price is not an issue.

    i've been loyal customer to seagate for the past 10 years, but i want to know how other brands performing now a days.
    and it seems that the seagate 500GB is still "rare"
     
  4. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    Oh goody, another poll.


    WD, owned several and never had a problem.
     
  5. iParis macrumors 68040

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  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Get the Seagate 7200 rpm, then. Could be issues with heat, but no one has experience with it in the wild yet. I went with the Samsung for this very reason - very little heat generated from it.
     
  7. 10-Dee-Q thread starter macrumors 6502

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    are there any 7200rpm 500GB ?
    i don think so .

    i need 500GB
    and as far as i know there's only 5400 rpm available for that capacity for now.
     
  8. migsev macrumors regular

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    they used to be on macsales.com but now they're gone. should be out in a week or so though. :)
     
  9. jfull15 macrumors 6502

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    THere aren't any 500g notebook drives @ 7200 rpm, only 5400. Go with the western digital.
     
  10. neilhart macrumors 6502

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    The Samsung is okay and was a deal at Newegg weeks ago. I swapped in the 500 GB drive and started to load up the tunes, photos and videos. It is nice to not be constrained on space. And the drive makes no noise. Way too soon to have any opinion about reliability. This is in a Unibody MBP.

    Neil
     
  11. areusche macrumors regular

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  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, there is.

    Perhaps you should tell Seagate that.
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    To the one who clicked on "Hitachi Travelstar", enjoy your failing drive. :)
     
  14. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I have a Western Digital 500 GB (USB and FireWire) external hard drive. It's 3 years old now and still works great.
     
  15. areusche macrumors regular

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    I've had great experience with all of the manufactures. Actually, for most internal hardware I've never had a problem. RAM, hard drives, DVD-RW, etc have all worked exceptionally well!

    Tom's hardware has some good reviews with some graphs for performance. Check it out

    http://www.tomshardware.com
     
  16. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think there are many in the wild. That's a brand spanking new drive that doesn't appear to be shipping just yet.
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Isn't that what I just said?

    It's out. OWC has already sold out their first allotment.
     
  18. fteoath64 macrumors regular

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    I am very happy with the Momentus 5400.6 500GB drive to replace the stock Hitachi Traverstar 250GB. The Seagate is about 2 Deg C cooler and 30-42% faster in Xbench. Zero vibration and totally silent.

    Anxiously wanting for the Momentus 7200.4 version 500GB coming soon. :D

    I was using WD for 6 years and now added Seagate to the mix. Never liked Hitachi, I got two units of 2.5 in that died on me. My 3.5inch drives are all WD.
    New generation of Seagates just impressed me.
    :)
     
  19. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, you implied it could be found in the wild and I suspect that it hasn't shipped yet. It's out of stock at every vendor where it's listed - zipzoomfly, buy.com, etc. Do a google shopping search on the part number and all the vendors who have this product are out of stock or sold out (st9500420as). That's fairly normal behavior for products that aren't shipping yet.
     
  20. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    That may be true - but its arrival is clearly impending and may be worth the wait. But considering Seagate's recent 1.5TB adventure, I'm not sure I'd want to be one of their "beta testers".
     
  21. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed on both points.
     
  22. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    I'm wondering. Does the 7200 kill the battery quicker? Heat would increase like crazy in the case? and does the speed difference really translate into a better experience?
     
  23. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a

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    I got a 1TB WD this past summer and have had no problems with it at all
     
  24. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I needed (wanted) the space, so I snapped up a Samsung 500GB 2.5 inch HD.

    So far it has been working fine for my needs.
     

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