Fastest mechanical hard drive to go with a mid-2009 13"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thetrystero, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. thetrystero macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    For starters, how's the stock drive that comes standard with the laptop? should I even think about spending money upgrading the stock drive to a bigger capacity from the online apple store upon checkout, or should i save it for a third party install?

    I read somewhere that the WD 500GB scorpio blue 5400rpm beats the Seagate even though the Seagate runs at 7200rpm. True?

    Any mechanical drive faster than the above two (and I mean one within the reach of the typical consumer, not some new fangled prototype running at 15k rpm)?
  2. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    From what I've read, the 7200rpm drives can cause unwanted noise and vibrations in the 13" model. So buyer beware.
  3. Anaxarxes macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2008
    Istanbul, Turkey
    I'm curious if you actually use a 7200rpm drive... Because this is pure urban legend.

    I'm using 500GB Seagate 7200.4 and it's fast, no noise and no vibrations over it's stock drive. Highly recommended...
  4. thetrystero thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    @Anaxarxes: is this the drive you're referring to? link: ST9500420AS
  5. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    I used a 7200rpm drive in my white plastic Macbook, and it lasted two days and died. It vibrated the whole time, and was quite noisy. I am currently using a 320GB 5400rpm drive.
  6. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Yes the WD beats the Seagate in Access times. It performs better overall.

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