Do all 7200rpm drives cause a 15" Unibody to 'vibrate' unsually still?

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  1. ajdb9 macrumors member

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    Hi
    The vibrations caused by 7200rpm drives appeared (thanks to my MRoogling!) to be a reasonably common problem 1-2 years ago with the unibodies.
    I am starting this thread to ask for current information, as I was planning on purchasing this Seagate drive to put straight in the Macbook Pro 15" I am about to order.
    A few specific questions I guess:
    1. Is this still a problem for 2011 15" uMBPs?
    2. If so, is it still a problem with all 7200rpm drives, and therefore Apple's BTO 7200rpm drive just the same as a user-installed one?
    3. Also, if so, is Seagate any worse than any other brand of 7200rpm for this? It seemed to me like more posts (1-2 years old) related to Seagate than any other, but I don't know.
    Thanks so much
    Alexander
     
  2. Shady Pioneer macrumors member

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    I recently bought a 15" MacBook Pro BTO which turned out to have a very loud 7200rpm HDD, it was an abnormal sound though as it was like a very loud clicking, as if it was spinning but catching on something from the inside. This was promptly exchanged for a new one which I got last week, and no it's as quiet as a whistle.
     
  3. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

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    I have the new BTO 7200. It doesn't make a peep or yield the slightest vibration that I have ever noticed. The only thing that I can ever feel or hear is the fans.
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    My 2011 came with a BTO 7200 RPM drive and is quieter than the 5400RPM drive that came in my Late 08 model.
     
  5. movieboy23 macrumors regular

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    I've got a Hitachi 7200 RPM in an optibay and I get no vibrations from that and it's pretty damn quiet even when it's on, since I use an SSD as my main boot drive.
     
  6. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

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    My 15" 2011 MBP has a Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM drive and it's.. barely noticeable. Hell the fans make more noise.

    I think the WD Scorpio Blacks might be quieter :D
     
  7. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    I have a scorpio black in my late 08 mbp and I cannot feel any vibrations or hear any noise whatsoever.
     
  8. TxdoHawk macrumors member

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    I thought I remember reading somewhere that some laptop drives are just a hair too big for the inside of unibody MBP's...I could definitely see this causing vibrations.

    You probably want to avoid this by going with a popular, tested model...as mentioned, the WD Scorpio Black series is a popular choice.
     
  9. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    I am pretty sure there are two different sized laptop drives, a 12.5mm and a 9mm. Someone please correct me if I am wrong :)
     
  10. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Mine too.
     
  11. Genocyde macrumors member

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    My WD scorpio black 750 GB (9.5mm height drive) fits perfect I don't notice a difference in noise/vibration over the stock drive.
     
  12. mcvaughan macrumors 6502a

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    No problems with my BTO system. Quiet and no vibration at all.

    I have the Hitachi 500GB drive in my MBP.
     
  13. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    The 7200rpm hitachi apple provides is noisy as hell, but I've only ever used it as an external HDD, although i doubt that a thin layer of aluminium would prevent the sound from coming through.
     
  14. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    I dropped in a Hitachi 500gig 7200 - no vibration. BTW, I found that my battery life actually got a bit better than the 5400rpm drive.
     
  15. kidaquarius macrumors member

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    7k500 Hitachi Travelstar 500GB here with zero noise or vibration problems.
    You should also read up on the spindown problems some HDDs are having..

    [sent from my android]
     
  16. ryanrich macrumors regular

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  17. talmy macrumors 601

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    However lots of vibration from mine! I happen to have two of these -- I should try swapping them.
     
  18. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    +1. My BTO 7200RPM drive is quiet. No rattling or vibrations from the MBP other than fans.
     
  19. ryanrich macrumors regular

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    You definitely should! I think you get some duds here and there when it comes to HDD's and a slight vibration, where the drive might be fine otherwise. I've had mine for a few months now and use my MBP around 10 hours a day and there is honestly no noticeable vibration at all.
     
  20. Naimfan Suspended

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    I've tried every major brand of 7200 RPM drive in a 13", all of them vibrate unacceptably to me. I've not had a vibration problem in a 15" with a 7200 RPM drive.
     
  21. aa521490 macrumors regular

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    My Hitachi 500gb 7200 is very quiet. I've used it in my 13 & 15 MBP's. Now the Seagate 750gb 7200 I currently have in my 15 MBP vibrates noticeably and is noisy when I use it in the middle of the night.
     
  22. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    So apple has a Hitachi 7200RPM as their stock drive when doing BTO?
     
  23. vincenz macrumors 601

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    If you get the right one, it shouldn't cause any vibration. Good ones to go with are the apple approved ones. Hitachi, Toshiba and the like.
     
  24. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

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    I have a 500 GB WD Scorpio Black. Nothing too noticeable from what I can tell.
     
  25. bubbacaster macrumors newbie

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    FWIW, I have the 7200 rpm drive in my BTO 2011 15" MBP... so far it's been dead quiet, no detectable vibes.
     

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