MBP Replacing HDD 5400 to 7200 ?

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  1. Babba macrumors member

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    I just bought a new macbook pro unibody 2.66. I was thinking of upgrading the hdd to 7200 but here in my country appleshop is very very expensive. I was wondering if i buy a 7200 hdd from any store, can i replace it myself? is it easy? Which brand or model do i need to buy does it matter? thanx
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh its SUPER easy, especially with the new UBMBPs.

    1) buy any brand LAPTOP HD that you wish (i recommend hitachi or WD or seagate)
    2) backup your current HD with time machine (or clone it if you wish)
    3) unscrew about 2 screws
    4) put new HD in
    5) restore backup / restore clone

    laughing :)

    doesnt void warranty either :)
     
  3. Babba thread starter macrumors member

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    oh thats great :p Am i going to see lots of performance with 7200 ?
    By the way, am i going to buy PATA or SATA disk ?
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    my guess is taht you will see about a 10%-20% increase in copying data in large chunks, launching apps and startup times will deminish by about that percentage aswell. google for ACTUAL statistics.

    you will be buying a SATA disc - PATA was outdated about 5 years ago lol.
     
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  6. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    Is Time Machine adequate for the task and third party cloning programs such as SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner not needed?
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    most certainly.
     
  8. NickM macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone with actual experience upgrading from 5400RPM to 7200RPM care to comment on how the speed increase affected battery life? Vibration? Noise? Heat?

    I've tried asking this a few times before, but never got an answer...
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no sorry, ive only ever downgraded (100gb 7200rpm to 500gb 5400rpm). didnt notice any increase in battery life, nor was it any quieter.

    i guess the results would be the opposite of mine..

    so... it will be the same! lol
     
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    tom's hardware has some good reviews on 7200 sata drives. The overall conclusion was that 7200 drives have improved to the point where you won't tell any noticeable difference in vibration, noise or power usage.

    OTOH, I think there were a couple of 5400 drives that came close to the 7200's.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    very true, i find the performance of my 5400RPM drive to be on par IF NOT better than my 3 year old 7200RPM (copying data wise anyway).
     
  12. brendon2020 macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the post/feedback i've been thinking of upgrading my macbook drive as well.
     

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