New MacBook 7200RPM HD - Hitachi or Seagate

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lucab1982, May 20, 2006.

  1. lucab1982 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2003
    London, England
    I have just ordered a new Seagate ST910021AS 7200RPM 100GB 2.5" SATA 8MB HD for my incoming MacBook from here in the UK, however it is not in stock but a model they do have in stock and ready to ship is the Hitachi Travelstar 7200RPM 7K100 100GB U100 8M 0A25016.

    Should I change my order to the Hitachi Travelstar or wait for the Seagate? The price difference is negligible. I haven't got a clue about which drive should be better for the job!

    Cheers in advance
  2. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    In all honesty, for the user there is probably no noticeable difference, the only thing I can think of off hand that might be different would be the warrantee.

    I have the Hitachi 7200rpm 80Gb version and it works well in my PowerBook.
  3. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    Personally, I'd go for the Hitachi for 2 reasons:

    1) It will take more shock than the Seagate - In my studenty world, that’s a good thing ;)
    2) Its marginally faster in day to day use according to the bench marks I've seen.

    Also comparing the two pages for the both, this could just be marketing chat, but the Hitachi seems to have better power saving features.

    So that’s what I'd do - However its important to remember Seagate offer a longer warranty and are a very respected hard drive brand.
  4. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I have an Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 in my rev. b PowerBook G4.
    It produce a bit more noice and heat than the default 5400rpm Toshiba drive, but it is worth it. It is so much quicker in regular day to day use. :)
  5. lucab1982 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2003
    London, England
    Thanks for all your help, I have now ordered a Hitachi drive and cancelled the Seagate order. :D

    I can't wait to get it installed!
  6. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I've had a Hitachi 7K60 in my old Titanium PowerBook for something like 3 years now and the thing has been rock solid, it's a great drive in every way so I think you can't go wrong with a Hitachi, good luck.

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