New WD 750GB Blue in my MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ayeying, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Just got a 750GB, 5200RPM (A little slow.. RPM speed, hopefully the density will make it up) Western Digital Blue hard drive. It cost me $159 (slightly higher price then I would've liked to pay) but I used my card which would give me a 3% back, so i saved somewhat... whatever. I need the space and already carrying a 17", I don't want a backpack full of 2.5" external drives.

    I spoke with a few people from Fry's (Whether or not you can trust them is your business, not mine) and they said that the 1TB model, they got the part numbers and such but never received a shipment for a couple of months now. So I'm guessing Western Digital built the 1TB models just only a few handfuls or none at all got the drives. I do know they made a custom port in their 1TB external drives, which makes it impossible to disassemble and put into a laptop.

    Here's a few pix, it's cloning my internal hard drive over right now. 430GB worth of files/apps/yadada.. I wonder how I even survived with 128GB off the MBA :rolleyes:

    Here's the specs for you nerdier people =p

    Western Digital 750GB (WD7500KEVT)
    SATA 3.0Gb/s
    2.5-Inch @ 12.5mm height / 1,465,149,168 Sectors
    8MB Cache
    Average Latency: 5.7ms
    Rotational Speed: 5200RPM
    Average Drive Ready Time: 8 Seconds
    Load/Unload Cycles: 600,000
    Read/Write Power Usage: 1.7W
    Idle Power Usage: 0.75W
    StandBy/Sleep Power Usage: 0.18W
    Average Acoustics (Idle): 24 dBA
    Average Acoustics (Seek Mode): 25 dBA

    I'll run any benchmarks you guys would like. Just ask, I won't bite.

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  2. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    It uses 3 250GB platters?

    Pretty nice. Too bad it doesn't seem to fit in Unibodies.
  3. ayeying thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    It will fit into the Unibodies. All 13", 15" and 17" models. According to OWC:

  4. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    Where did you find it? Frys?

    I have been looking for the 1tb model for a month now. They do seem nonexistent at this time. Perhaps I will settle for the 750...
  5. ayeying thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Fry's. I had to travel to a local frys thats 50 miles away, but I got it. Check online and see which stores are available near you.

    1TB is a stretch right now. SeaGate has a 1TB drive but its 15mm thick, way too thick even for our Unibodies/Pre-Unibody 17".
  6. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    3-platters HDDs (750gb and 1tb WD Scorpio Blue) fit in all the Unibodies, a friend of mine got the 750gb in the uMBP 13".

    The funny thing about the 1tb model is that the external USB version (WDBABM0010BBK) is cheaper and easier to find (at least here in Europe) than the internal version (WD10TPVT). So (at the moment) it would actually be worth buying the USB version and tearing it apart...
  7. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    There's no 1tb Seagate laptop drive as far as I know.

    750gb and 1tb WD are the same thickness, so you could have taken a 1tb drive.

    Mobile drives from WD and Seagate:

    - Seagate Momentus 5400.6, up to 640gb, 9.5mm
    - Seagate Momentus 7200.4, up to 500gb, 9.5mm

    - WD Scorpio Blue 2-platters, up to 640gb, 9.5mm
    - WD Scorpio Blue 3-platters, 750gb or 1tb, 12.5mm
    - WD Scorpio Black, up to 320gb, 9.5mm
  8. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake

    The 12.5mm do fit, although not with Steve's blessing. There are a few members who have done this with their uni's.
  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    You cannot use the external USB drives as internals anymore. They've changed the internal setup of the drive and the USB controller is now integrated on to the can't just take the USB part off and be left with a SATA connector anymore.
  10. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008

    Thank you, I was gonna buy the WDBABM0010BBK in the next few week to take the actual HDD out but now I'll stay away from it.
  11. ayeying thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    They dont sell these drives bare because it's 15mm thick. But there are Seagate 1TB drives externally available.

    I would have gotten a 1TB drive but I can't find it anywhere.
  12. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
  13. surgedc5 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    Southern California
    how long does it take to start up? or is it the same as before?
  14. surgedc5 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    Southern California
    they got 750GB, 880GB and 1TB

    all 3 same size form factor 15mm thick
  15. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Yes, as I said I didn't know. Then he told me and of course I checked the site out.

    By the way, it's a pity that the FW800 Freeagent Go models tops at 500gb.....I'd buy a Freeagent Go for Mac 1tb + FW800 Dock anytime....
  16. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Yeah the 1TB WD are hard to find. Even the 750GB were prety rare a few weeks ago.
  17. man02195 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
  18. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I would rather get the 640 5400rpm because it uses 2 320gb platters rather than the 750gb which uses 3 250gb platters. Faster accessing time with the 640gb. I'm gna get a 500gb Hitachi :D
  19. mokeiko macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
    Could anyone tell me what external hard drive sled/enclosure is that shown while the files are being copied from the internal to the external hard drive?

    Thanks for any help

  20. ayeying thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
  21. Warsteiner macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    I'd be grateful if you'd run an Xbench test and post the disk-specific results. I'm thinking about buying the 750GB WD drive, and I'm interested in how much faster it is than the stock one in my MBP.
  22. Labaguette macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Good ol' Germany
    you just bought the KEVT version? today my WD10TPVT arrived. The drives coded with "PVT" already have advanced format meaning 4k sectors. guess this will greatly boost the performance of the drive. I'll post xBench later.

    edit: there u go. xBench HDD

    Drive Type WDC WD10TPVT-00HT5T0
    Disk Test 59.16
    Sequential 113.61
    Uncached Write 143.34 88.01 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 139.60 78.98 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 66.56 19.48 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 165.48 83.17 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 39.99
    Uncached Write 15.83 1.68 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 134.16 42.95 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 55.75 0.40 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 87.27 16.19 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    hope this helps, sequential performance is great :)
  23. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2010
    is it loud?

    the last 2 WD scorpio I bought were noticeably very loud.
  24. mkgill macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2010
    i have the wd scorpio blue 1 TB in my new (late 09") unibody macbook pro its available now online. it used to be unavailable but it seems wd had a wave of shipments this month.
  25. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Here is what I get with my Seagate 500gb/7200RPM on my 2007 MBP

    Disk Test 49.01
    Sequential 86.87
    Uncached Write 100.81 61.90 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 124.89 70.66 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 47.21 13.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 144.15 72.45 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 34.13
    Uncached Write 10.93 1.16 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 154.70 49.53 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 82.98 0.59 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 139.23 25.84 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    Also note, the drive is quite full. :(

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