Hard Drive Upgrade Recommendation

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  1. sheppy1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys, I'm looking to upgrade the stock 160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive that's in my Aluminium Unibody Macbook to a 7200RPM Hard Drive, now I'd like to get either a 250GB, 320GB or a 500GB one, so can anyone recommend a good one to me that's going to be reliable, fast and quiet? Cheers
     
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    Seagate Momentus 7200.4, Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 or Western Digital Scorpio Black
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    I highly recommend the Seagate Momentus 7200.4. It's big at 500Gb and fast at 7200RPM. It's quite, cool, and energy efficient.
     
  4. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Funnily enough they were the 3 that I was actually looking at before I posted this :p Couldn't decide which one was better though. From reading reviews they all seem to have their good and bad points, the Seagate Momentus is fast and reliable but quite noisy, the Hitachi Travelstar is quiet but slower than other 7200RPM drives and the WD Scorpio is actually a good all rounder but a bit more expensive than the other two...Hmmmmm, decisions
     
  5. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So the drive itself is quiet then? It's just that there are a few reviews on Amazon and they say that it's a little bit noisy
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes, it is quite. But remember over time all hard drive get a bit noisy. My Seagate Momentus 7200.4 is a little over a year old and it doesn't make any noise yet.
     
  7. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Why hasn’t anybody recommended the Momentus XT yet?
     
  8. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok wicked, think it's going to be a toss up between the Seagate Momentus and the Western Digital Scorpio now then, will probably have a look around online and see which one is cheapest, will most likely just get the Seagate though as you guys seem to like it so it must be good
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    Because some people have been having problems with it's power management and slow spin up time.
     
  10. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like I'll be getting the Seagate Momentus then, it's about £10 cheaper than the WD Scorpio
     
  11. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    will these work well for the WHITE/BLACK MacBooks???


    i heard the 7200k get hotter than the 5400... i want to upgrade my wife's White MacBook and they are already pretty warm.... i actually cannot type for long having it on my lap!!!


    Should i stay with a 5400 in that case?


    also... this would be my first Mac OX Self-Technical Support (upgrade)... i was a PC user my whole life (i switched 3 yrs ago).... DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO CLONE THE HARD DRIVE???
    i heard to:
    1. remove the existing one
    2. use a cable or purchase a Hard-Drive Enclosure
    -http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=2777
    3. then to clone info (this is the part i don't know how... or should i clone the new one before i remove the old one)




    :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    The Seagate Momentus 7200.4 gets no hotter then the stock drive. It will also work in any Macbook ever made. All Macbooks get very hot. The hard drive is under the the right palm rest and generates little heat when compared to the rest of the Macbook. Look into Carbon Copy Cloner for cloning the drive.
     
  13. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    thanx



    i just read somewhere else to use SuperDrive to clone... what do you think?

    can you look here and tell me what you think... please???
    http://www.macinstruct.com/node/130


    thanx
     
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    SuperDuper and CCC both do the same thing but CCC is totally free. Both are just fine
     
  15. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    how about a 1TB???

    any recommendations for a 1TB or 2TB (if possible)???

    i'm starting new business and need to store lots of pics (some videos, maybe)... of merchsndise i'm going to sell on eBay!!!
     
  16. Intell macrumors P6

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    There are no 1Tb or 2Tb hard drives that will fit in a Macbook as of this posting. The biggest is 750Gb.
     
  17. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    should i just Google for CCC or go to Download.com??? is any version better or is there only one version to use???


    is there a BEST way to clone it???

    should i clone Info into new one before i install it?
    OR
    should i do install first, then close it?
     
  18. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    just went to download.com and they have posted Ver. 3.3.3 of CCC
     
  19. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    just deleted ALL of my files out of the "Developer" folder and it freed-up 4.5GB... now i can download the CCC... i had NO Space to download anything


    LOL
     
  20. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    i bought the Seagate Momentus 500GB 5400rpm... WOW, it was on sale this week at Fry's Electronics for $64.99
    http://www.frys.com/product/5803123?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    BUT THE CONNECTORS ARE NOT THE SAME
    THIS ONE HAS MALE CONNECTORS AND THE ORIGINAL HARD DRIVE HAS A FEMALE CONNECTOR


    What the Hell!!! :mad::mad::mad:


    What to do now??? i had already cloned the new drive using SuperDuper!
    :confused::confused::confused:
     
  21. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    I'm glad this discussion is here.

    NewEgg currently has a sale going on and I'm a bit at a crossroads on which to buy.

    They currently have a 640GB 5400RPM 2.5" hard drive and a 500GB 7200RPM 2.5" hard drive, both for $59.99 shipped.

    Is there THAT much of a real-world performance difference between 5400RPM and 7200RPM? And, what about heat generation and battery drain?
     
  22. green86 macrumors 6502

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    Like who?

    I haven't So I'll recommend it. and there are lots of places that do.

    Here are three good, separate articles/reviews/benchmarks of the new Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3734/seagates-momentus-xt-review-finally-a-good-hybrid-hdd
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...ntus_xt_hybrid_should_be_your_next_drive.html
    http://reviews.cnet.com/internal-hard-drives/seagate-momentus-xt-500gb/4505-9998_7-34109211.html
    And there are even more positive (sometimes raving) reviews of the drive if you do a Google search.

    And you can get it from NewEgg for 130$ I think. I have one installed and love it.
     
  23. green86 macrumors 6502

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    You don't really hear about one HD being "hotter" than another, I'd also say that the power consumption difference is negligible at best. However, there is a noticeable difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM.
     
  24. yehudah72 macrumors regular

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    i would be worried about the HEAT with the 7200... and in most environments (for an average user) there is no difference in speed/performance... i mean, if your using for MS Office, Email, Internet, etc THEN IT'S THE SAME... if you're in a NETWORK Environment where you "share" the drive, then maybe consider the 7200


    AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT IS THINK!!! I mean, can you really count nano-seconds in your head... not really!!!
     
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