New hard drive for Macbook... WD or Toshiba?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by abstraction, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. abstraction macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Hey there,

    I've got a 13.3 Macbook, 2.16GHz C2D bought in September last year and am thinking about upgrading the hard drive in it. I'm looking at 320GB, and have spotted 2 that have caught my eye. The first is the Western Digital Scorpio 320GB:
    And the second is a Toshiba:
    Both are around the same price range, so what would you guys recommend? I've heard that there are issues with the WD involving it's inbuilt anti-shock protection interfering with the Macbook's own... but it seems to score quite favourably in reviews. Does anyone have any experience with either?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The Samsung 320/5400/8 is the fastest overall notebook drive on the market. That's the one I'd go for.
  3. TygerMac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Sorry to be a little off topic on your post, but is it complicated to change out the hard drive on a MacBook? I know that replacing the RAM is the simplest thing...just curious...
  4. abstraction thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Really easy apparently, similar to changing the RAM you take the battery out and remove the bracket, then you'll see a tab. You literally pull this tab out carefully and out slides the hard drive! You need to swap the EMI shield on the old hard drive onto the new one, but after that it's just a case of sliding the new one in.

    Also to Cave Man, could you find me a link to the Samsung one? I can't seem to find it on google :(
  5. TygerMac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    New Hampshire
    What is the EMI shield? Sorry, just wondering.
  6. abstraction thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Electromagnetic interference shield... basically stops all the EM radiation frying your hard drive. The hard drive currently in your Macbook has one on it, and you need to swap it to the new one before inserting the new one into your mac.

    There's a really good tutorial on google somewhere, goes through everything from creating a backup, swapping the hard drives and then restoring your data.
  7. Magsec4 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    I just changed hard drives in my MacBook. Changing drives is VERY easy.

    The EMI shield is attached to the hard drive with four torx (T8) screws so be sure you have a torx screwdriver of that size ready.
  8. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
  9. CalmEnvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    The WD Scorpio has the same specs. 320GB/5400/8 unless I've missed something. I've been using Seagate drives latley and that's what I'm sticking with. WD is good as well but I'd never go for a Samsung, Hitachi or Toshiba hard drive. But that's just me.
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Yes, that WD drive is a close second to the Samsung in sustained write speed - so close that it's a wash. I've owned two WD drives and both failed within 3 years (both were 3.5"). I've only owned one Samsung drive (2.5") and it's still going strong after one year. Buying hard drives is a real crap shoot.
  12. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Actually, according to Tom's Hardware the WD wins in speed and the Samsung wins in energy consumption.
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Here you go (same source). The two drives are so close, it's a toss-up.
  14. abstraction thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Ah awesome, thanks everyone for all the views/advice. I'm in the UK, so I'll have to hunt down what the going rate is on that Samsung and hope it's about the same as the WD.

    Can anyone say anymore about the apparent problems with the WD's inbuilt sudden motion sensor causing kernel panics with the MacBook's own one? Is solving the problem as simple as disabling the MacBook's sudden motion sensor?
  15. chatoyer macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Te Wai Pounamu, New Zealand
    I've got the 320GB WD in my MB (about four weeks now). No kernel panics.
  16. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A110a Safari/419.3)

    another idea: pick up a wd passport (320 can be had for 150 if you catch a deal) usb external, pop it open, switch the drives, and viola. 320 upgrade plus a usb-powered external, which is extra handy if you want to clone your drive.

    WD passport 320 and 250 are all 2.5"-sata/5200/8 drives.
  17. lost eden macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2007
    One problem - you instantly void your warranty.
  18. james6000 macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2007
    I was also recently considering upgrading the HDD for my Macbook. But how much work is there involved in mirroring my current system onto the new drive?
  19. mrklaw macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    if you cloned your drive using superduper onto the new drive, would that work after just plugging it in? Or would you need to clone to a 3rd drive, plug the new drive in, then boot and restore from the clone?

    And wouldn't it be better to get a 7200rpm drive for better performance? or are there heat issues?
  20. H$R macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    Same here. Works as it should. No, the integrated sensor doesn't provoke problems.

    As in a post above: "Actually, according to Tom's Hardware the WD wins in speed and the Samsung wins in energy consumption." That's also what I've read on several pages. So if you run more on battery maybe the Samsung might be the better choice, though I went with the WD Scorpio. I also had to ask me the same question as you (except that my favourite hardware store here doen't have the Toshiba one you mentioned).

    As of WD drive fails, all of my WD drives are still working (all of them 3.5 and 2.5 inch after several years in several systems.) But posters above me are right, many drives failed, but also Samsung ones can fail. So just back up everything properly and regularly. But if my WD drive fails to soon, then my next will be a Samsung.
  21. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    I'd go for a Western Digital, I'm having wonderful experiences with that brand.

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