HD 500GB Hitachi!

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  1. guklein macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I want to upgrade the HD of my MBK 13'' 2,26GHz. I read some posts and concluded Hitachi is a good brand.

    What is the model that fits my MBP?

    Thanks.
     
  2. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I have one in my MBP from Apple as the stock drive. It's OK but if I were going to buy a 500GB I'd get the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm drive. You can get it from lots of places for around $100.
     
  6. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Just get a Scorpio Blue. Awesome drive for the money.
     
  7. Epic Phail macrumors newbie

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    According to this review, the Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B is about average:

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/17010

    There are many other brands included in that review as well including the WD Scorpio Blue stated in previous posts.

    -Epic
     
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  9. guklein thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also read a lot of threads to avoid WD Scorpio Blue.

    But...what is the other choise?

    Another thing (maybe a idiot question)...

    If I put a SSD...could I use the HD and SSD at same time? Or I have to choose one or other?
     
  10. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    You can use them at the same time. Some are replacing their optical drive with an SSD in a Newmodeus adapter and use the SSD for OS, apps and to boot from while keeping their large media files on the HDD. The 2nd gen Intel X-25 seems to be the preferred choice atm. Here's a thread on the subject

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=680228
     
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  12. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    if there are a few brands i would never touch

    its

    hitatchi , maxtor (no longer a company thank god) <---desktop drives , quantum and toshiba.

    they all fail constantly.

    i work on laptops all week long....mostly mac's...and i have stacks of those brands bad.
     
  13. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    yeah, im having the same problem. Im down to two brands, the scorpio blue and the fujitsu drives. I hear constant problem surrounding the blues about click, vibrations, whoosing sounds, etc etc. I was wondering if any has anything to say about the fujitsu.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822116160
    im curious with the company that makes the original hdd from the mac books suffer any drawbacks? if its loud or what not. anybody?
     
  14. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    i have pulled a few bad fuji's but most of it was due to dropping or bumping, fujitsu drives have gotten better over time.

    but i would stick to samsung , wd , seagate Without the SMS sensors in them.

    im running the stock Hitachi in my 17" and the 80gb in the optibay.

    the sms sensor in the 17" is very sensitive and will pick up any motion so im hoping the drive will last long.
     
  15. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    hmm what would you advise to do than?
    i mean, i hear alot of good about the s blues but at the same time i seem to hear alot of problems.
    would you say the fujitsu it closer to stock drive than the s blue? im looking for the quietest, and like stated before, almost identical to my stock hdd.
     
  16. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    My MBP came with a 320 gb Fujitsu. I tried the 500 gb WD Scorpio Blue but it was too noisy. The Fujitsu is much quieter than the WD Scorpio Blue.
     
  17. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    so the hd that new egg is selling (the fujitsu) is the same type of hd that comes stock? and also, is it a bad thing that new egg says the 7200 one? i could find a 5400 one on ebay for about 4 dollars less. any difference between the two? negative and positive?

    btw, call me stupid but why is the bottom hard drive, that only has 60gbs, more expensive than the higher capacity ones?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...80 50001540&name=FUJITSU - Storage/Hard Drive
     
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  19. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    alright, decided to go fujitsu. last questions, do you think the
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822116160
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822116172

    will function the same? I would rather save the 20 and get the 320 if they acted the same way (preferably really quiet). But if the 500gb is the same model time apple uses, i guess the safe choice is to go with that.
    does apple use the 320gb model in their computers also or is the one fujitsu model they use that new egg sells is the 500gb one.
     
  20. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    The 7200 rpm will require more power therefore it will effect battery life and may have more vibration than the 500/5400.
     
  21. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    the effect on battery life is negligible...dont let that be the decision maker.
     
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    I do have a Scorpio Blue (almost two year old 320GB), my brother and sister have Scorpio Blues (500GBs), my best friend has a Scorpio Blue (500GB).

    All are working perfectly.

    It seems like most people are buying either Scorpios or Seagate Momentus.
    Since such a minority (based on own impressions!!) buy other drives, there aren't many complaining about them either.
     
  24. HardHatMac9 macrumors regular

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    Given your knowledge what brand HD (not SSD) would you recommend for a uMBP?

    Thank you in advance...
     
  25. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I have Hitachi's in my 2009 Macs at home, both Laptop and Mini, and they work great. They just came out with the 500GB 5400RPM with 8MB Cache, however I am using the 320GB 7200 RPM with 16MB Cache and no troubles close to a year of use now.

    I was a die hard Seagate fan, but after going Hitachi I might not go back. They are super fast and Super quiet, unless your doing something that requires the need to spin the spindles, I rarely even feel a slight vibration on my uMB on the right hand side where the drive is located.


    Good Luck!
     

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