Momentus 320GB vs 500GB

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  1. Zenor macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am about to upgrade my MBP's hard drive and ram.

    I was thinking about picking the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB, but is the speed noticeable compared to the 7200.4 320GB? 320GB are enough for the work I do, so I am most concerned about the speed. The 320GB is 50€ cheaper
    so I could save up for the RAM which costs 60€.

    Let me know what you think.
     
  2. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't need the extra space, but you do need speed, then I think you would be better off going with the 320GB and getting more RAM. RAM is really where you are going to notice a speed increase.
     
  3. Zenor thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. That's what I am probably going to do, although I have heard people talking about vibration and loud sounds from these hard drives.
    That's my only concern.
     
  4. GoHack macrumors member

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    I just finished installing the 320GB Seagate Momentus 7200.4 on my uMB, and I'm getting absolutely no vibrations, nor do I hear any loud sounds.

    So far it's running great. ;)

    As a note, you will need a T6 Torx head tool for the screws on the OEM hard drive, which you will need to transfer to your new drive. Just be careful, they are very small.

    .
     
  5. Zenor thread starter macrumors member

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    Are there any differences between the 7200.3 and 7200.4 320GB HD's?
    I can't seem to find the 7200.4 on any store which ships to Europe.
     
  6. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    has anyone used the 500gb seagate yet ?? any problems ? vibrations ? etc .. because i am interested in upgrading the stock hdd in my macbook pro
     
  7. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    Lots of people... no issues at all.
     
  8. rhythmac macrumors 6502

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    I've been using the Seagate Momentus 500GB @7200RPM for 5 months now with absolutely no problems, vibration or noise.

    did the upgrade myself...after watching video from OWC and Youtube.... piece of cake!
     
  9. waywardsage macrumors 6502

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    There was some "over reaction" a few months back when the 500GB 7.2K drive came out. Since then Seagate took the drive off he market. This month it came back. I just finished the install. The vibration is no more severe than my 200GB 7.2K drive that I had installed before it. I'm in my quiet living room typing on it. And honestly...you'd have to be some sort of superhuman to hear it.
     
  10. mcvaughan macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about putting the 500GB 7200RPM drive in my new MBP; not only for the extra space, but also the extra speed (my MBP is 5400RPM). Has anyone noticed a significant decrease in battery life when going from 5400 to 7200RPM hard drives?
     
  11. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Neither.

    Seriously, stay away from Momentus drives, I've only heard bad things about them.

    In terms of the drive itself, don't go with anything less than 7200RPM.
     
  12. mcvaughan macrumors 6502

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    Can you elaborate on the "bad things?" Reliability?
     
  13. neilhart macrumors 6502

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    I just installed a Seagate 500GB 7200.4 last night. These units are back in stock and available from the usual sources. I was running a Samsung 5400 RPM 500GB drive for the last 8 months and upgraded to see if the speed makes a difference.

    It is a matter of how fast is fast. The Seagate benchmarks as being faster but in real world operation I do not see much of a performance kick. No difference in sound level (can not here the drive unless you put your ear on the palm rest).
    And no vibration is detectable.

    It does take a bunch of hours to WinClone up my 200GB windows partition then clone the old drive to the new one, then re-establish the BootCamp Win XP installation.

    Neil
     

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