Best Recommended HDD Upgrade For MBP 3.1

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bluethree, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Bluethree macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2010
    Anybody ? Just interested in tapping into any considered opinions that may be lurking around this site. Based on existing threads I am targetting the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5 SATA but would anybody disagree (Anything newer on the market since?) or how about the 640GB, 750GB and 1TB versions of the same drive? :eek:
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    First of all, are you upgrading because of lack of speed or space? If you want speed, get SSD or 7200rpm drive but if you're seeking for valuable but big HD, get the biggest one you can
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    If you need the highest capacity, go for the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640GB. If speed is what you desire, go for the Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500GB.
  4. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2010
    London, ON
    Sounds by the choices the OP listed would suggest he's after size. I'd go for the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640GB. I'm gonna get this drive in March once my warrentee expires. You won't notice a real life speed difference on a 7200rpm drive. Any drives that are bigger than 640GB at this point are larger than the standard 9.5mm spec. Cheers.
  5. hundert macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2010

    my WD Scorpio Blue 500 arrived Saturday.
    I spent weeks to figure out which to buy. WD wins most tests over other hdds, costs the same as competitors (in its speed category)

    Other reasons I bought WD were user reviews. Seems to be the best available laptop hd.

    And I did not by a 7200 drive because it is expensive. Probably makes more noise too, but that would not bother me.
    I did not buy a larger one, say 640, because, again, expensive. And larger hdds had worse stats in some tests as I remember. Do additional research yourself too though. Use Tomshardware com guide (dont use charts for hdds, search for articles)

  6. Bluethree thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2010
    Guys I will do the classic and sit on the fence so a combo of speed and size with the emphasis on size. I am going for a new MBP (hopefully) or a "alternative" in the weeks ahead but intend to keep my present MBP running.
  7. Bluethree thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2010
  8. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Ya, get a 500GB. They cost the same as 7200rpm 320GB drives but are more dense and obviously have more storage. I think they are a bette compromise. That said ,if you can afford it, get a 640GB drive. THose will probably be even faster than a 7200rpm 320GB. I owuld like to see some benchmarks though.
  9. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    i think you got pretty well rounded advice. i'd hold off on SSD for now, especially if its size you're after.
    theyre nice, but honestly still alittle too high; unless of course price is of no concern.

    but I'd definitely second the 640GB notebook drive. the price flexes around from 90 ~ 119 and even then is still a great deal compared to not to long ago a 250 was in that range.

    i have one in a 13" and soon to replace most other notebook drives.:cool:

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