Macbook Pro Hd Database

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davidlv, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Considering the huge number of posts concerning Hard Disks and the related, "beachballing," "stuttering," "pauses," etc. etc., I thought it might help everyone to have ONE thread where people can look for information on which HDs work or do not work. Please include a computer, HD and OS version description, as in my example below.
    1. Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,4
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP53.00AC.B03 <--- Firmware ver. 1.7
    2. OS 10.6.2
    3a. HD: Seagate 7,200 rpm 500GB, Model: ST9500420AS. Verdict= No Problems, does use up the battery a little fast than the stock drive. Good performance, quiet, no perceivable vibration. :cool::apple::cool:
    3b. Toshiba 250GB 5,400 rpm Model (unknown) stock drive, Verdict= No Problems, but rather slow performance, :eek:Toshiba:eek:, totally silent to my ears.
    3c. Western Digital 5,400 rpm Scorpio Blue, 500GB
    Verdict= Annoying stuttering, pauses (not long enough to cause the beachball to appear, but bad enough to make the HD totally unusable.:(:apple::(
  2. maflynn Moderator


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    May 3, 2009
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    The issue is that
    1. People don't search so this thread would not be that useful. Just look at how many "should I buy a mbp now" threads

    2. From what I've read the issues are not constant across models. A given western digital HD may pose a stuttering problem for one but not another

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