MacBook Pro HDD Upgrade Options

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  1. zachcheatham macrumors regular

    zachcheatham

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    I decided to go ahead and update to a new 500 GB Hard Drive for my 13" MBP (mid-2009). I bought a WD Scorpio Blue with 5400rpm. It turns out that it does do the frequent parking when the computer is idle and is extremely annoying. I don't want to do HDAPM in fear of battery life loss.

    I'm going to return this drive and buy a new one. But which drive is going to not have this problem, be as fast, cool, quiet, and have low power consumption. I'm still going to get the same specs as that WD one I have now that also doesn't have any drop protection.

    Any Suggestions?

    And by the way, the stock drive that came with my mbp was a Hitachi 160GB 5400rpm.
     
  2. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I just put this drive in my mid-09 13" MBP - runs great, no extra noise or vibration. Very little change in my battery life as well.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST9500420AS/
     
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    I have the Hitachi 7,200 rpm 500 GB HD and it does not have the "beachball" issue. The Seagate Momentus 7,200 rpm 500 GB HD is also good, I used one for a while in my MBP and swapped it out only because I wanted to try the Hitachi, IMO either drive is good, both are quiet, fast, and have no perceptible vibration. There is also the Momentus XT hybrid drive with 4 GB of SSD memory to consider. I too had the beachball issue with the Sccorpio Blue, which works fine in a USB enclosure.
     
  4. mattb2003 macrumors newbie

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    I also upgraded to the Hitachi 7,200 RPM 500gb drive. No complaints so far. Had it for less than a week though, so obviously haven't used it for very long...
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I have a scorpio black that I have had for a few months, and I have never had that parking issue, nor have I had decreased battery life.
     
  6. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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  7. pscraig macrumors member

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    I have a 2010 Macbook Pro 13".

    I had a Seagate Momentus XT in mine and it's fast-very fast. It also drains your battery just as fast-I never got more than 3-3:30 of runtime on a charge. This drive also has issues with constant spindown/spinup that even a firmware update did not fix.

    I replaced it with a WD AV drive with 32MB cache and so far so good-8 hours on a charge, and only slightly slower than the Momentus XT.

    And BTW the WD AV drives do not seem to have the head parking issue found with other WD drives-the one I have (WD5000BUDT) is silent.
     
  8. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    Out of curiosity, how is your battery life?

    I am looking to replace my original 250GB hard drive with one with at least 500GB of storage.
     
  9. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    If you read the post it is stated in there.
     
  10. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I missed that. I guess I was reading too fast.
     
  11. GeekGrrl macrumors newbie

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    i have a Hitachi HTS725050A9A364

    its quiet an get decent life out of the battery 5 hours after almost a year on my mbp 13
     
  12. Val-kyrie macrumors 65816

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    Wd Av-25

    Does anyone else have experience with the AV-25?
     
  13. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    blue

    So, what is the issue with the Western Digital Scorpio Blue? Isn't there some terminal command one can do to enable/disable the head parking?
     
  14. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    I got a Hitachi 500gb 7200 drive when Newegg was running a special a couple weeks ago. List $74, instant rebate $15, mail in rebate $10, and coupon code of $6, so final cost was $44, with free shipping. Great drive, fast and completely silent. Best $44 I ever spent.
     
  15. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    I use a 640GB 7200RPM Samsung HDD and it's great so far! I've had it since around Christmas and I can say nothing but good things about it. It does not effect battery life at all. It's just as quiet as the stock HDD. Last but not least, its faster than the stock HDD. Here is a link:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ckTab=true&Keywords=(keywords)#scrollFullInfo

    The price on this thing is really good IMO. It was around 89 bucks and now it's down to 69 I believe. It also doesn't do any of that parking stuff you were complaining about. All would work fine!
     
  16. ryanrich macrumors regular

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    Momentus XT gets my vote, best 2.5" drive I've ever used.

    I've never experienced one single issue like they describe in the link tivoboy posted...
     
  17. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    What MBP do you have with the SD Black in it? Thinking of trying one of the 750GB drives in my 2009 MBP, can anyone confirm it works in that model, with the 1.7 firmware? The 500GB Scorpio Blue just wasn't right, with constant beachballs and stuttering/stalling. So I am a little leery of WD drives after that experiance.
     

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