Drive vibration in 13" with 750 GB 7200 RPM Seagate

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Naimfan, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    I have a new 13" 2.3 i5. It's terrific. The 320 GB drive was a bit on the small side, so I swapped it for a 750 GB 7200 RPM Seagate. All good, but it creates vibration in the chassis that drives me nuts (no pun intended).

    Question: Would a 500 GB 7200 RPM drive solve or reduce the vibration? Or do I have to stick with a 5400 RPM drive? (Switching to SSD is not an option.)

    Thoughts and experiences welcomed.
  2. pullman macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2008
    I have a Seagate Momentus XT in my Macbook late 2008 unibody and it vibrates a lot. I think it is is how the chassis is built. I tried reducing the vibrations (which are mainly heard/felt when the computer is on a hard surface) by adding small pieces of thin rubberband in the four "bars" that hold the drive and it worked a bit.

  3. Naimfan thread starter Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    So much for that!

    The 7200 RPM drive in the 13" MBP vibrates too much--whether 500 GB or 750. I've switched back to the stock 320 GB 5400 and will swap the 500 GB 7200 I bought for a 5400 RPM drive to see if that fixes it.

    Maybe I'm overly sensitive to vibration, but it was damned uncomfortable.

    So to folks thinking of a 7200 RPM drive--just be aware of the vibration.

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