Macbook Pro - New hard drive

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  1. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    What's the maximum hard drive capacity the current 13'' MBP's can take and what hard drives do they take?

    I know it's 2.5'', but am a bit confused when it comes to SATA, SATA II, ATA etc.

    Is there a big difference between 5400 and 7200?

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    1TB is the maximum. Any SATA drive will work, no matter is it SATA I, II or III but most drives are SATA II. SATA is also known as Serial-ATA. 7200rpm is faster but may cause heat, vibration and battery life issues
     
  3. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Is there much difference between SATA, SATA II and SATA III?
     
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    SATA I = 1.5Gb/s
    SATA II = 3Gb/s
    SATA III = 6Gb/s

    Even SATA I is sufficient for a mechanical HD so don't worry. The 1TB is SATA II anyway
     
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    The 7200rpm drives are a lot quicker than the 5400rpm ones. You'll notice the difference.

    And I haven't noticed any additional heat or vibration from the 7200rpm WD Scorpio Black I installed on my wife's 13" MBP.
     
  6. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What about the battery usage?
     
  7. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've just ordered one below

    WD Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT - Hard drive - 500 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 16 MB

    Hopefully the battery wont take too much of a hit.

    Will this drive be ok? (To late if it isn't) :D
     
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    Yeah, it will work fine
     
  9. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't really true, the WD Blue 5200rpm 500gb drives are as quick as the 320gb Scorpio Black.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/scorpio-notebook-hdd,2109.html
     
  10. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Does the Seagate Momentus XT work with 13"? If so I would've gone with that
     
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    Speed also goes up with platter density, so buying a bigger drive helps.
     
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    http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/U/173154/original/h2benchw-read-performance.png
    Down .2MB/s to the 7200rpm Black
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/V/173155/original/h2benchw-write-performance.png
    Up .5MB/s over the 7200rpm Black
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/T/173153/original/h2benchw-interface.png
    Down 9MB/s on a theoretical test against the 7200rpm Black
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/L/S/173152/original/h2benchw-access-time.png
    Down .8ms from the 7200rpm Black
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/M/0/173160/original/pcmark-file-write.png
    1.7MB/s quicker than the 7200rpm Black
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/M/1/173161/original/pcmark-xp-startup.png
    Down 1.4MB/s from the 7200rpm Black

    The point is they are neck and neck in performance, and you get an additional 180gb extra storage for the same price.
     
  14. TZRaceR6 Guest

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    Hey, it's your link!

    What would you have preferred I used when it comes to faster access to your data on a HDD? And both the Black and Blue versions have the same amount of throughput, so which benchmark would you have used?

    That said, my first comment was in comparison to the stock 5400rpm drive the 13" MBP comes with, not the Scorpio Blue.
     
  15. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    No doubt that a 7200rpm drive is quicker than the stock drive, I was trying to show that a Blue will perform just as well at lower RPM. But yeah, it seriously makes a huge difference over stock.
     

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