Highest Capacity HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ColinEC, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. ColinEC macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2008
    What's the highest capacity 7200RPM the new MacBook Pro's can accept?

    I see that you can put in a 500GB HD, but can it go any higher?

    I'd love to have a large capacity drive for multiple OS's, and a Time Machine partition.

    Also, can you purchase RAM and take it to an Apple Store for the people at the Genius Bar to install? I was thinking about upgrading the RAM myself, but I'm afraid I would damage the MBP some how.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    There's no point in using Time Machine if you're backing your stuff to the same hard drive that the original data is on. If the hard drive crashes, you lose the original and the back up.
  4. ColinEC thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2008
    Thanks for the quick replies.

    If I were to buy a 500GB HD, what is the best brand to get (quiet and reliable, something that won't die in a few years)?

    Well that was dumb of me :eek:

    I use Time Machine just incase I delete a file, I completely forgot about the possibility of an HD crash.
  5. Nipz macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
    Yea the idea of TM is that up back it up on a different HD :)
  6. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  7. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    512GB SSDs are on the horizon and will be super expensive
  8. yaemes macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    toshiba is putting out a 500gb hard drive by the end of the month that is better than the competition in almost every way... the part number is MK5055GSX. i'd recommend you wait for that
  9. pinback pro macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    have you used this drive? how do you know its better?
  10. Racerdog55 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Lumberton, Tx.
    Toshiba HD

    According to the Toshiba web site the info on that model hard drive is a 5400 rpm . not 7200rpm
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    They only make 5400RPM drives ATM. However a 7200RPM version should come out soon and I will make sure I score one.
  12. pinback pro macrumors member

    pinback pro

    Oct 16, 2008
    this was posted in another thread. very promising. very awesome.
  13. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    hella expensive. :p
  14. yaemes macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2008
    oh, wow, i was unaware of the 500gb seagate 7200 rpm laptop drive... heres my txt file on 500 gig hard drives... this is to help me decided which one to buy but i figured someone here might benefit from it.

    			Samsung		WD		Fujitsu		Toshiba		Seagate
    									MK5055GSX	ST9500420AS
    Average Seek Time	12 ms		12 ms		12 ms		12 ms		12 ms
    Latency			5.6 ms		5.5 ms		5.5 ms		n/a		4.1 ms
    Ready Time		5 sec		n/a		n/a		n/a		n/a
    ---NOISE LEVELS-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Idle			25 dBA		24dBA		22 dBA		25 dBa
    Performance Seek	27 dBA		26dBA		24 dBA		25 dBa
    ---POWER USAGES-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Seek			2.6 W		n/a		2.3 W		1.7 w
    Read/Write		2.4 W		2.5 W		1.9 W		1.4 w
    Sleep			0.2 W		0.1 W		0.1 W		unavailable
    Weight			115 g		117 g		unavailable	102 g

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