Macbook Pro 13" Hard Drive suggestions...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by whyrichard, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

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    Hello,

    Am going to need to upgrade the hard drive of my new macbook pro 13" to a 500 gig hhd.... Can someone suggest one that is a good balance of speed/battery life/quiet? Pretty much equal parts with a slight leaning towards speed....


    Thanks,

    r.
     
  2. emiljan macrumors 6502

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    I recommend you look at the Hitachi TravelStar 7k500 500GB 7200rpm.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Hitachi/0A72335/

    It has everything your looking for: speed, battery life, and quiet as a mouse.
    You will definitely see a speed boost going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm.
     
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    +1 on the 7200rpm being a speed boost.

    Its funny because I know there will be naysayers in this thread but they are wrong.

    Having a 7200 rpm drive will make you feel like you have a desktop. I always upgrade my machines and I upgrade machines all the time at work. Huge difference.
     
  4. PandaOnslaught macrumors regular

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    Also agree 7200 is great, i dont think that your battery life is altered much by the upgrade either.
     
  5. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    Good option :)
     
  6. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks very much,

    Is that drive recommended over a Western Digital? Does WD even have a 7200rpm 500gb laptop hd?


    thanks,

    r.
     
  7. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think WD does. The max 7200 rpm drive they offer is the Scorpio Black 320 GB.
     
  8. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How is the Scorpio Black 320GB compare, besides the gb?

    r.
     
  9. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Seagate Momentus 2.5", 500GB, 7200RPM in my 13" MBP and it works awesome.
     
  10. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly I can't tell you from personal experience, but several members here could. My Scorpio Blue is the 5400 rpm version and it is faster than the stock drive and runs silent and cool. I know some have complained about vibrations, heat and battery life with the Black and others swear they have no problems at all. One of the other problems with the WD drives and the unibodies is that the WD sudden motion sensor often conflicts with Apple's similar feature. I actually turned off the Apple sudden motion sensor in OS X on my Scorpio Blue to hopefully avoid any of those issues.
     
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    Its a really nice drive. I upgraded from the scorpio blue (both 320gb) and noticed quite a speed increase. Everything seemed peppier..hard to exactly quantify it. but definitely faster.

    At first I really noticed the vibrations and noise, not that it is bad, it is just more than the blue..now it just seems normal. doesn't bother me a bit.

    Would definitely buy it again.

    There are also I believe 2 versions, one with the drop sensor and one without. The cheaper one is the one you want.
     
  13. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    I was ready to naysay, until I found this article: http://techreport.com/articles.x/17010/1

    It's a good read, and OP should find it interesting; I'll still stick with an SSD though :p

    Check out the article; doesn't look like you should bet the farm on your horse.
     
  14. justinfreid macrumors 6502

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    You were ready to naysay and then thought you'd let the article do it for you, you mean? ;)
    The spindle speed is simply not the determining factor in real world hard drive benchmarks.
    Check out http://www.storagereview.com/ for comprehensive hard drive reviews.
     
  15. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    I have two machines, one has Seagate Momentus 2.5", 500GB, 5400RPM, and the other has Seagate Momentus 2.5", 500GB, 7200RPM. Recently I had to switch the hard drives so basically I went from the 5400 to the 7200 in the same machine.

    It is FASTER, that's for sure, it really does help, and I would highly recommend people only get the 7200 going forward; it is only a few dollars more and it is well worth the money.
     
  16. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

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    I had a 320GB Scorpio Black in my aluminum Macbook before I sold it. It was a nice speed boost over the stock 250GB 5400rpm hard disk.
     
  17. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    seems the hitachi in that article is an older 5200 rpm one...

    for performance... hitachi is currently the fastest?
     
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