FOUND: Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB Drives!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tejota1911, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. tejota1911 macrumors 6502

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    If you have been looking for this drive and haven't been able to find it, look no further. You will have to hurry though, because at the time of this post they only had 6 left. The only other place I have been able to find the drive in stock is OWC and they wanted like $239 for it. This place has it for $175. The prices are in Canadian so it shows $188. Mine has already shipped, and tracking confirms it will be here tomorrow morning. Good Luck!

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24608&vpn=ST9160823ASG&manufacture=Seagate
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    TPIUWL

    *this post is useless without links...
     
  3. tejota1911 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. kryptticAZ macrumors regular

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    transintl.com has them for $199 in stock and ready to ship.

    I'm a little peeved that OWC charges a premium for this drive, seemingly for no reason except they're scarce right now.
     
  5. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    But how easy is it to replace the hard drive in the "Rosa" MBPs? And does it void the warranty (is it a user replaceable part or not)?
     
  6. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    You have to pretty much dissassemble the computer. Yes it voids warranty, no it is not user servicable.
     
  7. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Not really, and no.

    You have to take the top-case off, which is really just taking a bunch of screws out. You need a small phillips head screw driver and a T6 Torx screwdriver if I remember correctly. I did mine today. The biggest problem I had was getting the case to "snap" back in over the DVD drive (you have to push down on the case about an inch back in order for it to snap in flat).

    It doesn't void your warranty simply by opening / replacing your hard drive. It gives Apple an excuse to not honor your warranty, yes, so be careful. Make sure you don't damage the case and don't lose screws or anything. Those will be a surefire no-more-warranty kicker.
     
  8. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    whateverandever, thanks. I'm getting the base so I'll probably get a nice hybrid drive when they hit the market.
     
  9. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    If you can find them, I would go instead with the Western Digital Scorpio 5400rpm 250GB drive. I haven't tested it personally, but benchmarks from Tom's Hardware place it directly under the WD drive in many tests but above other popular 7200rpm drives. Plus, the best part, its price is on par with the price of the Seagate 7200.2 160gb drive (again, if you can find it).

    As for warranty matters...if you visibly damage you computer while replacing the hard drive, Apple will deny you warranty service for "accidental damage." It is not technically a user-serviceable part under AppleCare. That said, there are no stickers or anything on the inside so if you are extremely careful (as you should be with a MBP!), make no marks (watch out for correct screwdriver sizes)
    , and replace the original Apple-supported drive before sending your machine in for any warranty service you should be fine.

    Benchmarks: http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage25.html

    :apple:
     
  10. Butthead macrumors 6502

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    Tom's hasn't tested the new capacity leader in the 7.2k class, currently available only on Dell/Asus systems, but supposedly soon to be available at retail, it should be faster than the 160GB drives, due to higher density platters, and Hitachi's usually test a bit faster than (though you'd never notice much of a difference in 'real' life conditions, usually only in benchmarks) equivalent size/speed/gerneration from other manufacturers.

    http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/si...acheTok=token&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=token

    http://laptoping.com/hitachi-travelstar-7k200.html
     
  11. Butthead macrumors 6502

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152089

    Base model MBP? Those are 5.4k rpm drives not 7.2k, and Samsung already has a hybrid NAND drive on the market for $150(costs 50% more than non-hybrid though, click on link above, it's listed as "in stock") in that capacity @5.4k. But I'd wait a few weeks and pickup a 200GB 7k200 Hitachi drive, as they are supposed to be volume shipping already (according to Hitachi).

    http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/si...acheTok=token&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=token

    http://laptoping.com/hitachi-travelstar-7k200.html
     
  12. tejota1911 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update!

    I received my Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB drive today. I installed it without any problems, following the detailed instructions from ifixit. It really was pretty easy. I then installed a fresh copy of OS X, and now I am in the process of installing my must have programs, and configuring things the way I like. If any of you are thinking about upgrading your HDD to this drive, I would highly recommend it. The new drive is silent. I haven't noticed any heat differences between it and the Fujitsu 120GB 5400RPM drive it replaced. Best of all, everything seems snappier! Programs are loading quicker, less Pinwheeling & less Beach Balling. I am very happy with the upgrade.
     
  13. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    You guys are killing me. I haven't even got the notebook.
     
  14. magius macrumors regular

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    if you want a 7200 rpm, but really want it faster, you can always buy the harddrive seperate and buy the base mbp. then when you get it, if you want to NOT void applecare, look for an apple authorized repairer. it should cost around 60 bucks canadian and take half a day.
     
  15. prome05 macrumors newbie

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    And these will work with the new MBPs? :apple:
     
  16. Willis macrumors 68020

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    I have one of these on the way Seagate Momentus 160GB 5400rpm
     
  17. snowboarder macrumors 6502

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    Don't you think with the FW800 port back, it's just much simpler
    to get that beauty (than replacing the drive inside):

    http://wiebetech.com/products/toughtech_mini.php

    and put one of those 7200 drives in it? It will be faster than
    the internal 5400 drive and it's cool to have two drives...
     
  18. tejota1911 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not really. The idea behind this upgrade is to increase the performance of the MBP. Who wants to carry an external hard drive around with them, when they could have just put it inside of the computer? Like I said in an earlier post, swapping the drive wasn't that difficult, and now I have more internal storage, and an all around quicker machine. That enclosure is $110 by itself + ~$200 for the drive. If I was going to do that I would just buy this(Which I might buy anyway):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16888154010

    It contains a 500GB 7200RPM desktop drive, and looks much better IMHO.

    My initial plan was to pick up a 2.5" SATA enclosure to put the old hard drive in, which I may still do. However, now I'm leaning toward selling it and picking up the external drive I provided a link for above, and connecting via FW800.
     

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