Best hard drive for macbook pro 13 inch?

MrPeanut

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I know this has been asked countless times but i couldn't find anything when i searched 'best hard drive for macbook pro'. What is the largest and best HDD for a 13 inch macbook pro? I currently have the 250GB one and i need more space for Windows. I know there's the argument of a 7200RPM drive decreases the battery life, is there any comparisons done that show the speed increase (in seconds) between a 5200 RPM drive and 7200RPM drive?

Thanks
 

thabends

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The largest isn't really the best. The best would be a SSD. Much faster than HDD. How much will you spend?
 

AppleWhiteLova

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hey guys Im new on this forum, How you all doin?:)

I recently just bought my macbook pro 13inch, and now im wandering to buy
a larger harddisk for my notebook cause the 160gig i got right now is too small

my question is now, which sort of hd fits my apple best, cause i have heard strange stories of vibration or that the macbook rejects the hd.

Now i have laid my eyes on the following hd:

http://www.computerland.nl/ProductDetails.aspx?en=NS00665108

will this one do well? its an 2.5 sata hd 5400 rpm 500 gig of fujitsu ( a good brand?)

thnx guys
 

Consultant

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Size
Speed
Cost
Battery life
Reliability

What is your definition of BEST? What's the budget?
 

nkgmd

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Seagate

I just put in a Seagate 7200.4 500gb in my new 13" MacBook Pro. Newegg had it for $119. I do notice a slight increase in fine vibrations probably from the platter spinning, no noise during actual reading/writing to drive. I have a few Seagate 1T drives in a MacPro and external enclosure, and I'm impressed with how quiet they are overall

nkgmd
 

ncdasa

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I just put in a Seagate 7200.4 500gb in my new 13" MacBook Pro. Newegg had it for $119. I do notice a slight increase in fine vibrations probably from the platter spinning, no noise during actual reading/writing to drive. I have a few Seagate 1T drives in a MacPro and external enclosure, and I'm impressed with how quiet they are overall

nkgmd

Is there a significant / noticeable increase in the speed?

If it is not that great i think i may not upgrade.
 

MrPeanut

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Size
Speed
Cost
Battery life
Reliability

What is your definition of BEST? What's the budget?
I'm sorry, i assumed SSD and HDD were different, I dont want an SSD anyway. Well i need one bigger than 250gb, preferably 500GB and i obviously want it to be reliable and battery life is important but not that important because whenever i use it outside of my home will be at University but i will have a charger there with me. So what is the best hard drive (not an SSD) i can get for it? i'm not bothered how much it costs but im not spending £100+ on an SSD thats only got 64gb when i need a 500gb at least.
 

Richard1028

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So what is the best hard drive (not an SSD) i can get for it?
What is your criteria for, "best"? For every drive made there are people who will like it or hate it.

Find the cheapest 500gb drive you can find with the best possible warranty.

They are all made from the same parts and one manufacturer doesn't know anything more than another.
 

zw-gator

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What is your criteria for, "best"? For every drive made there are people who will like it or hate it.

Find the cheapest 500gb drive you can find with the best possible warranty.

They are all made from the same parts and one manufacturer doesn't know anything more than another.
Worst advice ever.

There's a reason why no one ever suggests Samsung or Toshiba HD's
 

fibrizo

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Youve probably seen my threads on batt life and speed. I recommend the hitachi 500gb as its quiet (i never hear it) and power efficient. I used to have the seagate in it, now that sits in a box. as for speed, its slightly faster in terms of what i perceived. WDs are fine i have a few of those too in my desktop and 2.5s in external enclosures. I just find the hitachis quieter and a little better with power. Avoid samsung.
 

Richard1028

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There's a reason why no one ever suggests Samsung or Toshiba HD's
Yes. Because all the mindless lemmings here get sucked into the same marketing hype just like you. Have you ever actually seen the parts inside a Seagate or WD drive?
 

zw-gator

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Yes. Because all the mindless lemmings here get sucked into the same marketing hype just like you. Have you ever actually seen the parts inside a Seagate or WD drive?
Oh yea, I forgot. Because if the parts inside LOOK like same, the performance must be identical :rolleyes:

Do you know what benchmarking is?
 

njsmith1087

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Youve probably seen my threads on batt life and speed. I recommend the hitachi 500gb as its quiet (i never hear it) and power efficient. I used to have the seagate in it, now that sits in a box. as for speed, its slightly faster in terms of what i perceived. WDs are fine i have a few of those too in my desktop and 2.5s in external enclosures. I just find the hitachis quieter and a little better with power. Avoid samsung.


I second the notion for Hitachi. I have a Mid '09 13" MBP 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD and it was a seagate. The drive died so my only option for an immediate fix was to tear apart my free agent go external 500GB (also seagate) and dropped the HDD into my computer. Worked flawlessly as far as recognising the drive and erasing, installing OS X but the drive died like a week later. I have owned countless WD externals including a 1.5 TB 3.5" and theyve all **** the bed. I went on Newegg and found the Hitachi Travelstar 7k500 (7200rpm, 500gb) and lets just say wow. First of all the drive was less than $100. I think with overnight shipping the total was 103 and some change. The drive is slim, very quiet, and no vibration at all. The speed difference isnt huge but definitely noticed. Also I read that the 7k500 contends with Seagates new Momentus XT which is a Hybrid drive (16GB SSD paired with a 500GB 7200rpm spinning drive) but of course the hybrid is faster for a very good price. But one has to think...its a Seagate and I have yet to see a complaint on Hitachi's 7k500. So thats whatI went with. Im willing to sacrafise a bit of speed for quality. Plus its not like i need intense speed for using iTunes or iPhoto or firefox.
 

ihonda

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i have a 640gb segate, they are on sale @ bestbuy this week, got mine for $74.99+tax
 

ihonda

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does the 1TB WD fit inside the 13" mbp mid-2010? id really love to have 1TB in here..
 

DesmoPilot

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Best 5400RPM Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB
Best 7200RPM Drive: Hitachi 7K500 500GB
 

sine-nomine

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Finer stores everywhere.
Just put the Western Digital 1TB WD10PVT in my late '08 Aluminum MacBook, and it seems to be a bit faster than the old 160GB the machine came with. Fits in the case no problems. Completely silent, and somewhat less vibration in the palm rest than the old one.