MBP 5,5 new HD compatibility

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by losingstreak, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. losingstreak macrumors newbie

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    I am looking at these two HDs to replace in my version 5,5 MBP.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...0711-Index-_-LaptopHardDrives-_-22136280-L01C

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...22810-Index-_-LaptopHardDrives-_-22136692-L0D

    The later one had a review that said the buyer could not get it to work on his MBP of the same version. I just wanted to clarify and see if this was true. If it is, then what HD should I be looking at for around $60? I got a lot of help with picking this Mac here, so I figure I could get good help with this dumb question. Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I've seen plenty of folks with 500GB Scorpio Black. Maybe the HD he got was defective or he just didn't have a clue what he was doing. No need to worry, both will work
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ^^ i concur with hellhammer, there is no incompatibilities between that HDD model and your Mac. it will work perfectly fine :)

    were you thinking of getting the 320gb or 500gb?

    the 500gb may be *slightly* louder, nothing crazy though.
     
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    It shouldn't be. Both are double platter drives (2x160GB and 2x250GB) and run at 7200rpm so the only difference is that the 500GB is denser. Of course you may get a Monday sample but the same could happen with the 320GB model.

    And you can't know is it louder unless you have both ;)
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i wonder how much heavier the 250GB platters are over the 160GB platters :)
     
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    500GB weighs 111g while 320GB is 99g. Assuming the only difference is the platters, it makes it 6g heavier per platter or 0.067g heavier per GB ;)
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    do you think it wise to assume the 500GB has a slightly more powerful motor for the spindle to account for changes in weight? at such high spindle rates the forces and power/torque required to keep it spinning must be phenomenal.
     
  8. losingstreak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help. I figured he did something, but he said he went to Apple about it, so you never know. I think I will get the 500 GB since it is larger for only a little bit more money.
     
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  10. Mikey7c8 macrumors regular

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    Scorpio Blue's definitely don't work, not sure about the blacks. Bought a 500Gb seagate for mine.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    huh? they will work.
     
  12. losingstreak thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Not for everyone. I tried a Scorpio Blue 500gb in my 2009 MBP, constant beachballs and even writing in textedit would slow down so bad it simply wasn't usable. Swapped that out for a Seagate Momentous 7,200 500GB and everything was fine. Later swapped to a Hitachi, same specs, and it was fine too. Too lazy and no reason to swap back to the Seagate, so it is regulated to backup status in a USB enclosure. So IMO the WD was a proper Fail, and the Seagate and Hitachi are great, both quiet, fast with no perceptible vibration or noise. :cool:YMMV:cool:
     
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    The same could have happened with any drive. Just because you had a bad drive doesn't mean that they all are.
     
  15. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Yes and No. It's $10 cheaper if you include the Free shipping from Amazon vs $5 shipping from NewEgg
     

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