Best HDD for macbook pro replacement - 500GB


MacModMachine

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i wouldent take hitatchi is someone gave it to me for free.

WD/Seagate/Samsung are much better brands, i have sold many hitatchi's and none made it through warranty periods without returns.

i personally like WD or Samsung.

Never toshiba/hitatchi
 

boostmiser

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Can someone guide me to a tutorial on this? Does a copy of OSX come with the MBP? If so, I can just reinstall it on the new HDD or do I need to clone the original HDD to the new HDD?
 

MacDawg

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Can someone guide me to a tutorial on this? Does a copy of OSX come with the MBP? If so, I can just reinstall it on the new HDD or do I need to clone the original HDD to the new HDD?
Yes, a new MBP will come with "restore discs"
And you can do either, a clean installation or your can clone the current drive
 

Fuchal

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Unlike the other poster, I strongly recommend the Hitachi. Have it running in 2 machines and has performed flawlessly. Had a bad streak of WD + Seagates lately.

My Hitachi 500gb 7200 is cool, quiet, and fast.
 

Jacquesass

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Unlike the other poster, I strongly recommend the Hitachi. Have it running in 2 machines and has performed flawlessly. Had a bad streak of WD + Seagates lately.

My Hitachi 500gb 7200 is cool, quiet, and fast.
Agreed. WD does not have a 500GB 7k drive. The Seagate 500GB 7k drive was the first on the market, and initially suffered from firmware issues (IIRC, it was due to a conflict b/w the Mac sudden motion sensor and the Seagate drop protection).

The Hitachi is relatively new, faster and quieter than the Seagate, and can be found for well under $100. I bought when it first came out and it has run flawlessly.
 

elpmas

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I have the WD 640gb 5400rpm and it's loud lol. I'm planning on getting the Hitachi...You should look into that one and seagate if you want a 7200rpm. other than that...I would go WD for the rest :D
 

Malithion

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I bought the Hitachi three or so weeks ago and it works great so far. Only thing is it came in a totally different box than what Newegg shows there. No biggie though. Quiet, cool and speedy too.
 

jjahshik32

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Unlike the other poster, I strongly recommend the Hitachi. Have it running in 2 machines and has performed flawlessly. Had a bad streak of WD + Seagates lately.

My Hitachi 500gb 7200 is cool, quiet, and fast.
I just bought a hitachi 500gb 7200rpm last week (replaced my 320GB 7200rpm hitachi drive) and it runs much cooler and a bit faster.

Awesome drive and the price was just right.
 

safelder

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I've had great luck with Hitachis in a Thinkpad T60, a Thinkpad T400, and a late 2009 Macbook. It's possible that I fill them and upgrade them before I've owned them long enough to see a failure, but I somehow doubt it.
 

bigaudiofanatic

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I also will be going with WD drives for my MBP. I upgraded my drive in my old mac with a WD and never had a problem. To me WD is the best you can buy.
 

TheWart

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I have been wanting to upgrade my stock HD in my june mbp, but I am so afraid after all the 'spinning beachball' stories that people have - especially with the WD's.

Is the SATA firmware downgrade necessary with the Hitachi's?
 

tga3

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I have the WD 640gb 5400rpm and it's loud lol. I'm planning on getting the Hitachi...You should look into that one and seagate if you want a 7200rpm. other than that...I would go WD for the rest :D
Wierd. I just installed a WD Scorpio Blue 640GB, and it's totally quiet. I've used several of this line of drives in laptops (thinkpads and MacBooks), and they're great.
 

ayeying

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I personally am a fan of Western Digital drives. I have all of their drives externally. But lately, I got the Hitachi 7K500. WD just doesn't have a 7200RPM 500GB drive in the market... otherwise I'd get that one in a heart beat.

The 640GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue is a piece of crap when I used it. Maybe I had a bad drive but it was SO slow. I barely got 15MB/s sustained transfer on that drive. The current 500GB 7200RPM gets 50MB/s sustained transfer. I know 5400RPM are slower then 7200RPM but come on...

I personally want a 750GB or 1TB right now. If the 1TB reach under $200, I might get one. The 17" can fit 12.5mm drives without any problems.
 

hundert

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I have 500 GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue
because it won most of the tests in its speed category.
 

Repo

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I personally am a fan of Western Digital drives. I have all of their drives externally. But lately, I got the Hitachi 7K500. WD just doesn't have a 7200RPM 500GB drive in the market... otherwise I'd get that one in a heart beat.

The 640GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue is a piece of crap when I used it. Maybe I had a bad drive but it was SO slow. I barely got 15MB/s sustained transfer on that drive. The current 500GB 7200RPM gets 50MB/s sustained transfer. I know 5400RPM are slower then 7200RPM but come on...

I personally want a 750GB or 1TB right now. If the 1TB reach under $200, I might get one. The 17" can fit 12.5mm drives without any problems.

Take a look at this.
 

elpmas

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Wierd. I just installed a WD Scorpio Blue 640GB, and it's totally quiet. I've used several of this line of drives in laptops (thinkpads and MacBooks), and they're great.
When I'm in class I can feel vibration as well as hearing it revving. Kind of annoying when the prof is lecturing 5ft away...and I sit in the back...

When the refresh comes out, for the MBP, I might hold off on switching hard drives...I might just keep it hackintoshed on my netbook :]
 

paintballswimgu

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I bought a 500 gb OEM seagate from newegg over the summer and it just failed recently, so i'd ovoid the models they have out right now
 

MDemm

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Hitachi all the way

The WD 640gb HDD without a doubt was the loudest Hard Drive I have ever dealt with… I had another issue, which I considered worse... This was a constant 1 to 2 second lag / delay while spinning up / seeking… Do yourself a favor, time / money wise... Get the Hitachi 500gb 7200 HDD... It works great on my MacBook Pro 15" !!! Tiger direct sells them for $ 75.00 / free shipping after rebate... http://tinyurl.com/ycuda29 I've just installed the Hitachi 500gb... Its fast, its silent... IT WORKS !!!



Naw, I know the drives are out. I'm just waiting for the prices to come down. Get it?

Infact, I was at Fry's today and saw a 1TB 2.5" 12.5mm drive for $179, but they were out of stock or I'd would've purchased one already.
 

ubercool

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The WD 640gb HDD without a doubt was the loudest Hard Drive I have ever dealt with… I had another issue, which I considered worse... This was a constant 1 to 2 second lag / delay while spinning up / seeking… Do yourself a favor, time / money wise... Get the Hitachi 500gb 7200 HDD... It works great on my MacBook Pro 15" !!! Tiger direct sells them for $ 75.00 / free shipping after rebate... http://tinyurl.com/ycuda29 I've just installed the Hitachi 500gb... Its fast, its silent... IT WORKS !!!
I see that the first commenter complained that the Hitachi Tiger Direct sent him was not eligible for the rebate. Did you get the right model number? :confused: