Best HDD Upgrade Option?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eddiejsmall, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. eddiejsmall macrumors member

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    Looking to upgrade my 13" MBP Aluminum Unibody. Mid 2010. It's only a few months old, but have slowly realized I am burning up the space. I currently have the stock 250gb's.

    I'd like to go 750, or even 1TB if I can, but not sure about height, or even speed of drives to get the best options.

    Can anyone here give me a run down on what some options may be for this upgrade?

    I've been googling for days, and seem to find alot of jargon on different stuff, but want to find out from people who are in the "know".
     
  2. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    There are several big capacity options out there. Just make sure you get a 9.5mm (although it seems the unibody MBPs can accept a 12.5mm drive) tall laptop drive with a SATA connection. These were the three biggest I found on Other World Computing's site.

    1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue (5,200 rpm, 8MB cache):
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western%20Digital/WD10TPVT/

    750GB Seagate Momentus (7,200 rpm, 16MB cache):
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST9750420AS/

    750GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue (5400 rpm, 8MB cache):
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western%20Digital/WD7500BPVT/

    As for speed, you'd have to look at some benchmarks online because drive speed does not always tell the whole story. Sites like barefeats.com often times have HDD benchmarks but I am sure there are several others also.
     
  3. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm looking into the Momentus 750 at 7200.

    Is that going to be noticeably faster then my current stock drive?
     
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  5. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    This thing looks to be a beast. At $100 on Tiger Direct? Should I pull the trigger?
     
  6. RigoX macrumors newbie

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    Hey SubaruNation,

    Any idea whether the Advanced Formatting of the WD PVT disk causing any problems for file transfer/exchange or when using Time Machine?
     
  7. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    Tiger Direct is available for Pre-Order at $99. No word on when it is actually available. MacMall and New Egg both claim they have it.
     
  8. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm referring to the 7200 seagate. 750gb.
     
  9. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    No sure, I'm sure someone on here can comment though.
     
  10. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    Refraining from any sort of impulse buy, I'm giving the weekend to research.

    Pros/Cons of these two drives in questions

    1TB - 12.5mm - 5200 Western Digital

    750GB - 9.5mm - 72000 Seagate

    --I'm leaning towards Seagate, faster drive, not as much space, but size is at the 9.5mm recommended.

    --Western Digitial is bigger, but i've heard numerous complaints on speed of drive, and height not fitting into the pros right?
     
  11. RigoX macrumors newbie

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    a) Size of WD is no issue in all newer unibody MBPs.
    b) 7200 HDDs might be feelable in the notebook - both from a vibration and noise point of view - as far as I could find out so far.
     
  12. eddiejsmall thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes but is going from a 5400hdd to a 5200hdd going to feel more sluggish.
     

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