Hard Drive Woes, OEM is best!

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  1. skiracer8148, Apr 28, 2011
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    skiracer8148 macrumors member

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    Thought macrumors should know about my recent hard drive upgrade woes. I have a 2.4 2010 model and it only had 250gb in it so i wanted to upgrade to 500gb. So after doing some research i purchased a western digital caviar blue 500gb 5400rpm from best buy for $60, HD was so loud i immediately took it back. So now i exchanged it for a seagate momentus 500gb 7200rpm because everyone on here said it was great this HD was $90. After using it for a couple days yes it was somewhat quieter but still not as quiet as oem. Another issue with the 7200rpm drive was battery life, some people on here say you dont notice but i did and battery life is very important to me being a student and not wanting to carry around a charger. I bought this computer because of the 10 hour battery why would i wanna sacrifice it. So took back the seagate and ordered a oem hitachi 500gb 5400 drive of ebay. I was able to find one claiming to be new and pulled from a macbook pro becuause it was replaced with a SSD. I got this HD for $45. Everyone is gonna laugh but i sold the oem 250gb on ebay for $55 used so im actually ahead $10 !! At the end of the day none of the aftermarket HD's were comparable to oem!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't think you understand what "OEM" means. Hitachi drives are OEM drives that happen to ship with some Apple machines. Seagate and WD drives are also OEM.
     
  3. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I had the same experience. The WD scorpio blue was loud and slow. Upgraded to a Hitachi 500 GB 7200 rpm that was pulled from a Mac mini. Dead quiet just like the stock 160 GB 5400 I had, and very fast to boot.

    There's a reason why Apple goes with them. :)
     
  4. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Misleading and deceptive titling. No reviews were performed, just observations about sound and perceived/actual battery life differences (with no measurable data to support findings). I am glad you found something that works for you, but without any sort of measurable data and repeatable tests it can't be considered a review but more an overview.
     
  5. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Anyone tried the Western Digital Black 7200 rpm 750 gb with 16 mb cache against the OEM drive of Apple?

    I know the WD will win in speed, but how is it in noise and battery life?
     
  6. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Shock news! Some hard drives are better than others!
     
  7. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    +1 for the Hitachi 7K500 drives.
     
  8. skiracer8148 thread starter macrumors member

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    how about battery life?
     
  9. vincenz macrumors 601

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    The increased rpm hasn't affected my battery life at all.
     
  10. skiracer8148 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes i understand some had seagate but any macbook pro i ever owned had a hitachi drive in it, were the seagates mostly found in older mbp's?
     
  11. Brettla macrumors regular

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    Atleast some of the newest ones are shipping with Toshiba drives.
     
  12. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    For the 500gb 7K500, I saw zero impact to battery life compared to the stock drive.
     
  13. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    When I swapped mine out for my Momentus XT (already had it and everything loaded, so figured what the heck), mine was a Toshiba, and my 2008 had a Fujitsu.
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The seagate momentus XT is know for it's battery draining abilities, had you done some research you would've known too.
     
  15. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    I've had lots of hard drives & SSD's which I've installed in my various new MBP's.

    As long as you understand how to set them up, they work very well.

    My favorite? OCZ Vertex 3.
     
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Kind of a ridiculous post. There is nothing special about an OEM drive. It's labeled as such b/c the device maker using the drive assumes the warranty. Drive for drive, OEMs are identical to their retail brethren, i.e. there is zero performance difference between a 500MB Hitachi 7K500 with an Apple label on it, and it's boxed equivalent on Amazon. Any perceived difference is in one's head.
     
  17. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Poster was referring to the Hitachi drive the OP was referring to and not the Seagate. I have the Seagate and don't notice the battery drain. I think it is hit or miss with this drive actually. Some people report all types of issues and others little to none. Thankfully I am in the little to none category. I notice the increased noise, but it doesn't bother me at all, as I am usually listening to music or doing something and not having my ear to the computer anyway.
     
  18. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    All the 500GB HDD's I've seen in MacBook Pros were by Seagate.
     
  19. MastaK macrumors member

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    thus I went with 750GB 5400RPM Hitachi. I've had bad experiences with Seagate drives going bad, and I wanted more space than speed since I was going to install SSD and optibay the HDD.
     
  20. cube macrumors G5

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    There is SD25 firmware now, although some people still say to have issues.
     
  21. skiracer8148 thread starter macrumors member

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    I did not have the Hybrid XT version!! Regular momentus
     
  22. skiracer8148 thread starter macrumors member

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    I wasnt saying there was but i learned that the oem hitachis work best in these macbook pros if you cant afford an SSD and for $45 why not get a drive with the apple logo on it? it will look good when i sell
     
  23. Brettla macrumors regular

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    There is no way the person that buys the computer from you will know the difference between that hard drive and one without the Apple logo except for you telling them, and if they know anything about computers there is no reason for them to care.
     
  24. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Another vote for the Scorpio Black. Great drive!
     
  25. sugarboylovemac macrumors member

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    I have installed a new Hitachi 7K500 7200rpm in the optical bay. Works perfect and super quiet although it is not the fastest drive in 500GB. I don't regret it. The best strategy for the new mbp should be 120G SSD for application and OSX. Install other hd in optical bay. Then it already works perfect and fast. :)

    I love my new mbp!!!
     

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