Biggest quality HD available for my santa rosa 2.2?

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  1. nano macrumors member

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    I know this has been asked before, but it's a question whose answer changes often.

    I'd like to put a much bigger drive in my 2.2 than the 120GB I've got. (5400rpm would be ideal, but would consider 7200 as well.)

    I have a preference for seagate, but am open to other quality brands as well.

    Suggestions?

    Also, my understanding is that replacing the drive is a job someone with moderate experience can do alone if he is patient and methodical, correct?
     
  2. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    Western Digital 320GB seems to be a popular choice.

    There are several instruction videos available for upgrading the HDD; search the forum (or youtube) for those...
     
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  5. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    Ooooh, 500GB--who's making that ?

    With the 320s is there any consensus as to whether the WDs or Toshibas are superior?
     
  6. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Samsung. They also have a 320gb out as well.
     
  7. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    Is there a prevailing preference between samsung toshiba and wd notebook drives?
     
  8. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Are those three brands equally esteemed, or is there a general preference between them?

    Any more details as to when the 500GB is coming out?

    Thanks!
     
  9. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Ready to pull the trigger on a new HD, would love some input as to brand with largest possible drive with highest reliability.

    Thanks!
     
  10. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I few days ago there was a thread on somebody upgrading his HD to the WD 320GB. Other people replied and they all said that it runs quite fast and it about the same speed as a 7200RPM drive. But what shocked me was that they said it generated a lot of heat. Maybe some people can post more info about the drive.
     
  11. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, Noodle. Guess I'm looking at 320GBs--the 500 is pretty expensive....

    So the question is, which of the 320s is the best?


    BTW, who's playing bass in your avatar?
     
  12. sickassdog13 macrumors newbie

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    I put in the 320gb WD in my macbook. It is doing great and very speedy!

    when you are ready to swap it out in your MBP, please let me know how it goes! I am thinking of giving my wife my macbook, and getting a refurb MBP also, but the 120gb and 160gb drives are not big enough and I would love to change them out also. I am a little scared to try, my only experience with swapping the Hard drive out was with my present macbook, and that was a piece of cake. so I'd like to hear some input from you when you swap it out. Other wise if it is to difficult for me, i might have to just bite the bullet and get a new Penryn MBP with the 250gb HDD.
     
  13. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Just bumping this to see what you'd recommend now.

    I'd like the largest drive possible, speed is important (it's for audio and video), looking to do it soon as possible.

    Price is a bit of a factor, but I just need a large, stable, relatively fast drive.

    Thanks!
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's still the 500GB Samsung M6.

    If you need something cheaper a 320GB Western Digital Scorpio is nice; if you are willing to foot around $50 more than the 5400RPM flavor for a 7200RPM flavor the 320GB Scorpio Black is fast.
     
  15. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502

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    Bit OT, but I believe that's Flea from RHCP - the musicman bass (circular scratchguard and scrolly headstock) is a dead giveaway...

    Would people recommend doing this myself, or getting a pro to do it? I've done other upgrades before (powermac HD and DVD drive etc), but I'm a bit ham-fisted and those tiny screws terrify me...
     
  16. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    It's said to be doable oneself, but you need to follow one of the online guides precisely and carefully, keeping your screws etc well organized, and following step by step. I'm going to try it myself, and I'm an average workman at best.

    I'm thinking I can get by with 320GB.

    Will the 7200rpms drain the battery a lot faster?

    Will the 5400 be fast enough for audio and video?

    Thanks!
     
  17. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Anybody?

    Recommendations in the 320+ range, 7200 vs 5400 to be used for video and audio?

    Thanks!
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You shouldn't worry too much about 5400/7200 for video or audio, as they are sustained read/write. Go for bigger capacity over spindle speed.
     
  19. marvel2 macrumors 6502

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    I want to know if the 320gb 7200rpm drives drain more battery.
     
  20. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I've got the WD 320GB drive. It was a pretty easy upgrade, and thank goodness for the extra 200GB of storage.

    I thought 500GB drives existed, but I guess not.
     
  21. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    In typical use, battery consumption is about the same with current 5400/7200 drives.

    Umm...did you even read this thread?? :eek:
     
  22. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah but before it was a recent pic of Flea, with his Modulus instead of the MM. Anyways, I wouldnt bother with a 500GB, the 320GB 5400RPM is cheaper than the 7200RPM and I dont think there will be a HUGE difference.
     
  23. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies, everybody.

    Think I'll go 320GB 5400RPM.

    Would love to get brand suggestions/experiences.

    Thanks again.
     
  24. nano thread starter macrumors member

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    Could I get some brand recommendations on a 5400rpm 320GB?

    Reliability and quiet are my highest priorities.

    Thanks!
     

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