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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ajdb9, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. ajdb9 macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    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
  2. Shady Pioneer macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    Somerset, UK
    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

    Feb 16, 2011
    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


    Mar 24, 2006
    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

    Jun 3, 2007
    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

    Jun 10, 2007
    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

    May 1, 2010
    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

    Mar 18, 2011
    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 mentioned, the WD Scorpio Black series is a popular choice.
  9. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    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


    Jun 23, 2010
    Mine too.
  11. Genocyde macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Houston, TX
    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

    Aug 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    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


    Aug 6, 2010
    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

    Jul 22, 2010
    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


    Mar 9, 2011
    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

    Nov 16, 2010
    Cape Town, South Africa
  17. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    However lots of vibration from mine! I happen to have two of these -- I should try swapping them.
  18. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    +1. My BTO 7200RPM drive is quiet. No rattling or vibrations from the MBP other than fans.
  19. ryanrich macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2010
    Cape Town, South Africa
    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


    Jan 15, 2003
    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

    Dec 25, 2007
    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


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    So apple has a Hitachi 7200RPM as their stock drive when doing BTO?
  23. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    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

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    I have a 500 GB WD Scorpio Black. Nothing too noticeable from what I can tell.
  25. bubbacaster macrumors newbie


    Mar 25, 2011
    Rocky Mountains
    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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