Buying my MBP, want to upgrade the HDD myself

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  1. NewEyesOpen macrumors regular

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    Which HDD should I pick up? I want a 500GB at 7200rpm.

    I've been looking at tigerdirect.com but can't seem to find what I need/want on the site. I know I need 2.5 SATA, but it keeps taking me to the mobile hdd's.

    Can anyone recommend one?
     
  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    You only have two choices"

    1. Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200RPM
    2. Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 5400RPM

    Popular opinion is to go with the Western Digital because it performs the same (except for boot up where Seagate HDD is faster) and costs less and no chance of getting a loud/vibrating HDD unlike the Seagate where you could get one.
     
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  4. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    The WD looks awesome, but I need the 7200 rpms.
     
  5. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read a lot of negative things about the seagate.
     
  6. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    The WD is faster, ugh I need to bookmark that page. Unless you are doing long sequential writes then the Seagate is faster but random access is way better on the WD.
     
  7. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    I really want to go to the WD route but cant' find anything in a 500 GB at 7200 RPM. Would 320 be sufficient as an internal drive? Not sure, really want the 500GB though.
     
  8. alecapple macrumors regular

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    There are at least 4-5 threads on upgrading the hard drives in the new MBP already, and they do discuss 500gb and 7200rpm hard drives... Please search.
     
  9. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    did the search, didn't work for me.
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Try Mroogle.
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Why do you need the 7200?

    Scorpio Blue and Black Review

    I opted for the Scorpio Blue as well
    Great reviews and has had excellent performance for me

    Don't fall into the trap of 7200 > 5400 just because the number is higher
    There are other issues to consider

    Many have had vibration issues with the 7200 as well

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  12. SaintsMac macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with Dawg! I installed the WD Scorpio and it is running great for me.
     
  13. rjsbass macrumors member

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    do you think that a scorpio black drive would be worth the upgrade from the standard 320gb 5400rpm drive that comes with the 15'' MBP?
     
  14. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    could you please tell us why you need 7200 RPM?
     
  15. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    well, think of it this way. a V6 (5400 rpm) engine that's 300 horsepower at 22 mpg or a V8 (7200 rpm) that's 240 that guzzles 15 mpg. take your pick.
     
  16. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know how the apple-provided 250GB hard drive compares to the scorpio Blue?
     
  17. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    7200 rpm is better suited for music recording, which is a big reason why I am buying the MBP
     
  18. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    i've been recording music on mine since i've got it and i'm using the 5400 that came with mine and its been fine for me so far, haven't noticed any lag at all or anything.
     
  19. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I could imagine it being faster than the stock Apple HDD but doing what? WD HDD boot time is a bit faster than the stock HDD but in everyday tasks, applications will load maybe 1-2 seconds faster, if even that? With the 5400 being so close to the 7200 Seagate drive, I don't think RPM should even be considered unless you do certain tasks that will take advantage of the RPM's.
     
  20. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    I also plan to save all my music recordings onto an external drive if that makes any difference.
     
  21. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    It's more about the drive's access times, not the speed. Some 5400 rpm drives beat some 7200 rpm drives.
     
  22. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    No you don't as the WD is faster in tests over the Seagate. 7200rpm is the spin speed not access time where the WD outperforms it. Spinspeed does not make a drive faster.
     
  23. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    To the OP:

    For what it's worth, I highly recommend buying from OWC (Other World Computing). Longtime Mac sellers, great customer service and excellent installation videos on their website. I recommend checking them out as the website will easily guide to to the correct HD for your Mac and explain how to upgrade it, the tools you will need, transferring data tips, etc.

    To everyone else:

    I have a Penryn MBP from Ferbuary 2008 (pre-unibody design) for which I am also thinking about upgrading the HD, as well (need more space). Anyone have any horror stories or recommendations? I have reviewed the videos on OWC and the instructions on iFixit. The process seems a bit tedious but doable overall. Anyone who has swapped drives and recommends I have a pro do it instead, please speak up. Thanks.
     

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