best 750 gb 7200rpm laptop drive for mbp and will it affect battery life alot?

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  1. enthawizeguy macrumors 6502

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    i decided against the 750gb 5400 rpm laptop drive even though its supposivly a bit faster than the 500gb 7200rpm drive that is offered with the mbp. I do mostly audio editing and need alot of space for itunes as well so i figured i would install my own 750gb 7200rpm drive. Which brand is the best and do you think this will affect my battery life greatly?
     
  2. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

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    You will so no noticeable difference in battery life. its negligible.
     
  3. baxnet macrumors member

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    The battery life isn't going to be much of a factor at all.

    Where did you see that the 750GB 5400 is slightly faster than the 500GB 7200?
     
  4. enthawizeguy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    barefeats.com i think is where i saw it. someone in this forum posted it. so you think it will be a few minutes battery life lost or like a hour or 2. western digital scorpio black is the best i heard?
     
  5. Whitelightning macrumors regular

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    Yeah, the Western Digital Scorpio Black is the best 750GB 7200RPM drive out right now.
     
  6. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

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    it would be like 3-5 minutes if at all. you would never notice it.
     
  7. baxnet macrumors member

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    I can't say from experience, as I don't have a 7200 750GB. However, I have heard good things around here about the scorpio black.

    You will definitely not have to worry about an hour difference in battery power. In fact, I highly doubt you would notice any difference.

    This may be of some help, however old:
    http://www.barefeats.com/5472.html
     
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    Can I use the screwdriver kit I bought for my 2007mbp? Also I heard there were certain adjustments I had to make to the Scorpio black to make it work correctly with the mbp? Does anyone know what?
     
  9. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    The Scorpio Blacks have gotten very good reviews.
     
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    Screwdriver kit? Well as long as you have a Phillips #00 to open the bottom lid and take out the screws in the retaining bar.
    And a Torx T6 to take off the torx screws that are on the sides of the drive to transfer to the new drive, then you're all set.


    Just install the drive format it and migrate/clone/clean install away the same way as any other drive, nothing special needs to be done.
     
  11. sk3tch macrumors regular

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    Just put a 750GB WD Scorpio Black 7200RPM in my optibay today. I can confirm that it does have S.M.A.R.T. (someone on the forum said it did not) - validated via Disk Utility. So far, so good...quiet...no noticeable additional heat, etc.
     
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    So I take it these are 9.5mm drives since it fits in optibay.
     
  13. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using a 7200 rpm 640GB Samsung HDD for my MBP. Pretty fast and doesn't effect battery life at all as far as I can tell.
     
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    Any "spin-down clicking" coming from those 750GB WDs? I'm coming from a WD Blue 500GB that required me to use HDAPM to stop the constant spin-down. I'm on an "Early 2008" MBP that I just upgraded to an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 120GB SSD and am contemplating putting the old WD 500GB in an Optibay or spring for a newer, larger drive that doesn't suffer from spin-down issues.
     
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    mmmh none of those are 750 Gb.. Crazy how much faster SSD is though.



    I am in a similar situation, what drives are you looking at ? OWC seems to have some pretty good deals but I can't seem to find a noob-proof review of the various drives they offer. I also saw somewhere that the 750Gb 7200rpm Seagates were slower or comparable to 5400rpm drives with less space.
     
  17. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    If speed is a concern, consider how you partition your HD as well. Two partitions - a smaller outer one and a larger inner one should result in faster access times for each.

    Ideally, as you fill your drive your data would be stored in one continuous band - minimizing the head movement needed to retrieve it. In real life, data gets stored all over the drive - so if you have less area to store data you'll have less head motion and faster reads.

    In addition, as you move out from the center the rotational velocity increases - which means more data is passing under the head for each arc of motion - also lessening the need for the head to move.

    While the incremental effect is small, if you want faster access it i something to consider.
     
  18. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    WD Black is the best 750GB. It's idle consumption is pretty high. See Techreport.com

    During light usage on the 13" it can easily account to 20-30 minutes battery life loss vs. the stock 5400rpm. On the 15" and 17" MBP the difference will be smaller. During heavier usage also.

    Also consider Seagate Momentus XT. Lower idle consumption and faster booting and application launching.
     
  19. Johnny Who macrumors newbie

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    Are these what we're referring to ?

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/YWD7500BPKT/
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/YST9750420AS/
     
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  21. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    The first one is the WD Black 750GB.

    The Seagate hybrid drive is this one:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/YST9500562AS/

    Yes it will work but I don't recommend it. These 1TB drives are faster and use less power:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...001306 40000380 600030600&IsNodeId=1&name=1TB

    The Samsung has 5 year warranty, the WD 3.
     
  22. Maschil macrumors 6502a

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    just wondering why wouldnt you recommend it??? since the internal ones have high warranty rates. also you said the the 1tb would work.... but you think the seagate is a better choice? iheard the seagate hard drives are failure prone...
     

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