Internal hard drive upgrade: Need definitive answer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pierre1610, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. pierre1610 macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    I have a 2007 2.4GHz mbp with 4gb ram and the standard 160gb internal HDD.
    I need more space so need to upgrade, i would like to go up to 500gb.
    I've read loads of posts and reviews regarding the best drive and it seems to be the WD scorpio blue 500GB drive at 5400rpm.

    My only problem with this is a lot of people seem to slate the drive for clicking and beeping.

    So i need a definitive answer, what's the best HDD i can upgrade too without having, extra beeps clicks or vibrations.

    thanks in advance
  2. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
    the best would be a totally silent SSD:)

    I had a 7200 320GB hitachi and it was noticeable. It hummed, no clicks and such.

    A 500 GB 5400 rpm disk should be reasonably quiet.
  3. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Nobody can say for sure what is the best drive.

    I an speak from my own experience. I got my MBP in July and replaced the stock Hitachi drive with 500GB Hitachi drive also. I didn't do the wrong choice. The drive is as silent as the stock drive, a little faster according to the benchmarks, and 3x times more capacity. So not a bad choice!

    The best choice will be a 512GB SSD for $90. Silent, power efficient, very very fast. Oh wait the price is outrageous. 3-4 years must past before the price drops that much.
  4. moviebrain macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2008
    def. answer

    I have the same MBP (3,1) 2.4ghz, 4gb ram... and I recently replaced the stock drive with a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500gb drive.

    There are (or were) two models of this drive. One with the built-in G-force drop protection and one without. MBP's have the drop protection built into the drive controller and most speculate it is the notebook and the hard drive protection systems fighting each other causing the clicks and whirls. Just make sure you get the drive without the feature built in.

    If you order off Newegg you can sometimes check the model numbers and see which ones have shock protection and which don't. Currently I don't see anything other than OEM vs. Retail box. blue&name=500GB

    If you use iFixit's instructions be careful when lifting off the top cover with the keyboard. I, like many others, had trouble with two front clips holding the case together not releasing properly and as a result slightly bent it. It all goes back together well and snugs back up when you replace the case screws, but you might end up with a very slight 1/2mm gap between the palm rest and the bottom half of the case. Be patient and all will be well.

    Good luck!
  5. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Buy the cheapest freaking drive you can find with the best warranty. One isn't any better than the other and there is no "magic quality" built into them - it's all a myth.

    Even the WD scorpios use the same chinese crap parts.
  6. avediswolf macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2008
    I have a 7200 Scorpio Black.
    I've read it makes all kinds of noise, etc. as well, but honestly, I don't notice anything with it.
    I think I have it in the same MacBook pro as described by the OP.
  7. pierre1610 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    thanks for the replys guys, i've just noticed my current drive has ncq and the WD scorpio blue doesn't.

    What is it and do i need it?
  8. smadder macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2006
    I highly recommend the Toshiba 500GB 5400rpm drive Newegg has right now. With a promo code you get it for $79 w/ free shipping. It's dead quiet in my 10/08 MBP and my battery life has actually improved by 10 minutes. Also a bit faster. Fast and easy upgrade. And Snow Leopard recognizes the full 500GB as well, which is nice.

  9. BaldyUK macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    I installed a 500gb WD Scorpio Blue into my 2009 MBP 13" 2 days ago. It makes no discernable extra noise, no clicks, whirs etc.

    Seems to run quite a bit cooler as well.
  10. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK

    Native Command Queuing - not really needed in a laptop/standard desktop machine.

    As a note the Blue 500 does have NCQ (I have one in my macbook). Very nice drive - can't hear it and its plenty quick enough. Very nice choice of drive in my opinion.
  11. Bezbozny macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2009
    I bought the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM and i couldnt be happier. It is extremely silent and fast....
  12. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    i had the same drive but ended up returning it after all the threads i was reading here and then i started hearing humming and clicks .. probably all in my head because my stock drive does the same thing

    will definitely get another hd soon .. just trying to see if the SSD drives come down some more in price

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