options for 500 Gb, 7200 rpm drive?

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  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

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    Is the Seagate (with built-in drop protection) the only option for a 500 Gb, 7200 rpm drive? I bought a 15" MBP a few weeks ago and opted for the 5400 rpm drive since I heard there were lots of problems with the 7200 rpm drive. I see Apple released a patch recently for the 7200 rpm drive, but it sounds as if it's not a 100% solution (Apple says it "reduces" the problem). Are there any 500 Gb, 7200 rpm drives that are recommended (and don't have redundant built-in drop protection)? I can tell my drive is a bottleneck.
     
  2. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Seagate is the only one that makes a 7200 rpm 500 GB drive. Benchmarks, however, suggest that for many functions the Western Digital 5400 rpm 500 GB drive is just as good. The other option to consider is to get the Seagate 5400 rpm 640 GB drive (although this is not straightforward; you have to by an enclosure, take it apart, etc.).
     
  3. Belm macrumors regular

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    Isn't the WD 5400rpm having problems with the june MBPs?
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I have a seagate 7200.4 500 gig hard drive and I have no problems. While there are those that have. Perhaps the newer units are not suffering from the malady that has impacted the others.

    There's something to be said for getting the 5400rpm drive as well. nearly the same speed, less money, less possible issues with vibration and noise.
     
  5. pknoot macrumors newbie

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    I've been running a Seagate 7200rpm 500GB in a 15" MBP for over 3 months now without any issues.
     
  6. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't heard of any... Do you have a link to share? I'm curious...
     
  7. Belm macrumors regular

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    There aren't many people complaining about them but enough to get me a little worried at it. I'm probably just paranoid :p.
    here
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    and a couple people here
     
  8. polobreaka macrumors 6502a

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    do somebody have a link to the seagate 500gb 7200.4 rpm 2.5" 9.5mm hdd? i want to make sure i get the right one that is 9.5mm, im on newegg and it doesnt tell me whether its 9.5mm or 12.5mm.

    thanks!
     

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