MBP Hard Drive Replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by instantturtle, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. instantturtle macrumors newbie

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    So my MBP (3,1 - Mid 2007) hard drive is giving the slow spins of delay and death so I'm aiming to replace it soon (second time in 4 years - from stock HD to Hitachi Deskstar 320gb 7200rpm). Any advice on these options?

    1. OCZ Vertex 2 120gb SSD: Seems good but reading some issues. ~$200

    2. Intel X25-M 120gb SSD: Priciest but seems like the most 'reliable' ~$230

    3. Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 500gb: Best price + performance but seems like a hit-or-miss with some of the FW issues. ~$110

    4. WD Scorpio Black 500gb: Best standard replacement though it seems like a replacement vs. upgrade. ~$70

    So far I'm leaning towards #2 but may wait out for either resolution on Seagate's FW issues with Mac's or the new generation of Intel SSD's to see if there's any price drops.

    Any advice?
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    SSD will scream by a HDD but their more expensive obviously.

    #4 is a good drive from my experience.

    Have you considered this?
     
  3. Neolithium macrumors 6502a

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    I would also recommend the Scorpio Black, SSD's are great and far faster than standard drives, however price per GB the WD still tends to win out.
     
  4. davids8477 macrumors 6502

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    I just installed the Momenus XT. No issues and its really fast.

    Boot time and loading Skype, Firfox and Mail 1:04mins.
     
  5. drewmk macrumors newbie

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    Stay far away from #1 & #3. I've had nothing but problems with both of these.
     
  6. man02195 macrumors regular

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    I have the 1tb version of #4 in dvd location with disk doubler and the 120gb OWC ssd. I keep the hdd unmounted to save battery unless i need pictures and/or music. Best of both worlds.
     
  7. leftyMac macrumors regular

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    I put an OWC SSD, and I'm a happy camper. experienced NO issues whatsoever.
     

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