hard drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by melow71, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. melow71 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    what are good hard drive companies to use for a Macbook pro?? I have Hitachi, but is it that good or would their be better brands???

    or doesn't it matter.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    please search

    hitachi is fine
    wd is fine
    seagate is fine
    samsung is fie

    they are all pretty much the same
  3. melow71 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008

    sorry, but a bit confused on the rpm value.. 5400 or 7200 which is attached to the hard drive of 300gb or 500gb what is the relevance??? Also, does it matter if one is 5400 or 7200 for my laptop and if so how do I know which works with my laptop??

    sorry for the base questions

    -thanks guys
  4. Hissta macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    I am oversimplifying this, but here is what you need to know:

    RPM (Revolutions per minute) describes the speed of the hard drive. Faster values typically correlate to quicker writes and searches. Faster hard drives generally output more heat as well.

    The 300/500 GB is the size of the hard drive, ie the amount of data it can hold. The size needed depends entirely on your personal needs.

    For a laptop, you will need a hard drive that is 2.5".

    For instance, I replaced my girlfriend's hard drive in her mid-2007 MacBook with
    this HD from Western Digital:


    She went from a 80GB 5400 RPM to a 320 GB 7200 RPM with no noticeable heat difference.
  5. cMacSW macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
    Look for the warranty if that's important to you, I think Seagate has 5 years on some drives. Other than that they're pretty much the same.
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    not anymore, they reduced it to 3 just recently
  7. phil83 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2006
    Washington, DC

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