Hitachi Travelstar vs WD Scorpio Blue for Macbook HD upgrade

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  1. Alx9876 macrumors 6502

    Alx9876

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    I'm going to upgrade my white Unibody Macbook's internal hard drive soon. Which hard drive would you pick?

    What I have:
    http://www.apple.com/macbook/features.html#battery

    I'm leaning towards these two here:

    (500 gig)
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Hitachi/0A57915/

    and

    (500 gig ) http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/WD5000BEVT/

    (640 gig)
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/WD6400BEVT/

    Sometimes it's better to stay with what Apple picked from the factory line. But I'm open to any suggestions. :)


    Just found this for power consumption review:
    http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5003&p=2
     
  2. bsblvnv macrumors regular

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    Try this I bought this one myself and put in the same macbook you have, I have had it for a couple of days now and I have absolutely no complaints. Plus the 7200rpm over the 5400rpm will give you about 20-30% more speed overall. It is still completely silent, and only very seldom do I feel any vibration at all.
     
  3. amarcb macrumors newbie

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    I put the WD 640gb in my aluminum macbook a couple of months ago. Seems a tad zippier than the 250gb hitachi that came with it, and just as quiet. Did a clean install of SL on the WD, so that may be the reason it seems quicker. Good drive so far, tho.
     
  4. Alx9876 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Alx9876

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    Thank you for the suggestions:). I'm still thinking it over. But I am ready to buy any day now.

    I really want the bigger hard drive space of the WD 640 gigs. I am going to use boot camp so I want to partition off at least 200 gigs alone. The rest will go to Leopard OS.

    Does anyone know if this year will bring us 750 gig or 1 TB notebook hard drives?

    I'm still buying a 500 or 640 HD for now but I'll do it again if bigger ones come out.
     
  5. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Western Digital already lits the Scorpio Blue in 750GB and 1TB capacities, although they don't seem to be readily avaiable yet.
     
  6. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    640GB is the highest you can go in most notebooks for now. The 750GB and 1TB 2.5" drives have a height of 12.5mm, whereas most notebooks require a height of 9.5mm. The highest capacity 9.5mm is 640GB.
     
  7. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Didn't notice that. My previous MBP (late '06 17") would have been able to fit a 12.5 mm drive. I wonder what the 15" uMBP can take. But I can see that the OP's white MB is limited to the 640.
     
  8. Paul B macrumors 6502

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    Seems like everyone on this forum loves the WD Scorpio Blue.
     
  9. Alx9876 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Alx9876

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    Awesome posts. :)

    Yeah I'm leaning towards the Scorpio blue 640 gigs for sure now. Worse case scenario I can make it an external hard drive if ever. But I'm sure it will never come to that.

    I thought about it and I need the drive space.
     
  10. Rup macrumors newbie

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    Just installed the 640GB WD drive, great price, silent, very pleased :)
     
  11. anthony11 macrumors 6502

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    The WD7500BPVT is spec'd at 9.5mm. Maybe when this was written there was an older 12.5mm model?
     
  12. Alx9876 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Alx9876

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    I finally got the hard drive I wanted. I ended up purchasing the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750 gig 5400 Rpm internal hard drive for my white Unibody Macbook.

    I am very pleased with the performance of this hard drive and love the huge room I now have on my laptop. I would highly recommend upgrading if you guys can get it done.
    :)
     
  13. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

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    WD rocks. I've been using their drives for a long time.
     
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    It seems that the Unibody Macbooks and MacBook Pros have space for 12.5 mm. Obviously you should check before you buy.
     

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