Best Internal HDD Replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by parkm13, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. parkm13 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    I have an early 2011 macbook pro, and I am looking into buying a new, faster hard drive. I need at least 500gb so an SSD is out of the question. What is the best one I can buy?
  2. appletechpro macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
  3. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    I'd go for a hybrid drive, something like this. You get the benefits of lots of storage, and the speed of an SSD with specific situations.

    A Crucial M4 512GB is around $400 these days. Still quite a bit of money.

    *EDIT* Looks like appletechpro beat me to the submission :p
  4. parkm13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    I have looked into the hybrid drives and have found mixed reviews. Would that be reliable enough?
  5. Ferry888 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I have no experience with a hybrid drive, so for a 2'5 hdd I would a recommend a western digital scorpio 750 gb. u can buy then for around 100 dollars.
    Cheap and reliable.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    All platter based hard drives are the same in terms of reliability. Buy the one with the best warranty for your budget and size requirements.
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    I recently scored a 2 month old 17" late 2011 sandy bridge macbook pro. OMG, LOVE that glossy samsung screen! Poor guy had a money crunch, and felt a bit bad for him, despite paying his asking price. If he didn't have the box and was willing to sign a bill of sale, I'd almost be suspicious! Did buy him a cup of coffee, though.

    It's the stock 2.4 i7 configuration with 4 gigs of ram and a 750 gb 5400 rpm (Ugh! Why the hell does apple still use those things in 2K+ computers? To save 5 bucks?!?) but still has extended applecare.

    I'm itching a bit to put the seagate hybrid drive and 16 gigs of ram in this puppy (less than $250 total on newegg with corsair memory) but I'm tempted to wait it out for another six months and see if SSD prices continue to fall. I'm figuring I might as well only open the case once and do it all at the same time.

    Any insight or opinions?
  8. bockscar macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Could someone elaborate how these hybrid drives work?

    Do they have a small partition that is SSD to store the OS?
  9. Justinhub2003 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012
    Cincinnati Oh
    Before I upgraded to an SSD, I had a Seagate Momentus Xt and it treated me well.
    Its not an SSD by it gives SSD like experiences Like fast app launching for any app you use frequently and it boots rather quickly.

    In Fact, while im impressed with the SSD speeds, coming from an Momentus XT Hybrid drive kinda make made it seem less dramatic as people switching from a 5400rpm drive.

    I had no issues with the XT and have it in an enclosure now that is still bootable just in case I have an issue with the SSD.

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