Options for MBP HD

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  1. mBurns macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys. I have filled up my HD in my MacBook Pro (100 GB). I am looking to get a new HD asap. What are my best options? I don't want anything smaller than 250 GB though I'd love to get my hands on one of those Samsung M6 500 GB HDs in France if anyone has any suggestions... :)

    Seriously though, what HDs would you guys recommend? I'd love a 320 GB 7200 RPM HD. Is this possible? What about in a 250 GB 7200 RPM? I'd love some links for HDs you know that are 250-320 GBs that work in a MacBook Pro. I am either going to pay my local authorized applecare service provider to put the HD in or get my friend who has done is own before to put the HD in. My only issue is I have AppleCare and I know with the service provider there is no risk of voiding your warranty.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The good news is that this subject has been discussed repeatedly in several threads, so there's a good chance you'll find all the information you want by searching the forums to see what has already been discussed. MacRumors Guides are also a great resource. If you don't find your answer there, let us know and we'll be happy to help! :)

    A few of the search results.
     
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  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Hitachi has a 320GB 7,200-rpm laptop drive. OWC sells them.

    The Samsung M6/500GB and Hitachi 5K500 are 12.5mm drives and will only fit 17" MBPs. If you have a 15" MBP, the Hitachi 7K320 is probably your best bet.
     
  5. Whorehay macrumors 6502a

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    Do you know if they raised the price on the drive? I remember it being $189 without the 30 dollar discount. I guess the demand is inching higher.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, if you search the forums, you'll find many threads that answer your question. Here's an example. Here's another.
     
  7. mBurns thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The Samsung is 9.5mm and will fit in all MB, MBP and Mac Minis.
     
  9. mBurns thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you know if there are any stores selling the drive for a lower price?
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You might try pricewatch.com. Digital Techland has it for $260.
     
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  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just another term for OEM; comes in nothing but an antistatic bag--as if any laptop HDDs are not sold like this.
     
  13. mBurns thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Have you ever purchased from estock ggjstudios?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, just found it on a Google search. I usually buy from OWC, but I know everyone has their own favorite places to shop.
     
  15. mBurns thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For the price difference I'll probably just support OWC.
     
  16. Fenir macrumors regular

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    Buy a cheap external drive ~ 500 GB or so. Move all your stuff to that. Just my opinion.
     
  17. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Why carry an external around? :rolleyes:
     
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  19. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Be carefull with the Samsung 500GB. It takes more power than any other drives and has some of the worst acces times.

    Check tomshardware for details.
     
  20. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Well, alphaod - what say you to this?
     
  21. alphaod macrumors Core

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    My battery life hasn't changed and I sure haven't noticed any decrease in performance. It's not as speedy as I hoped, but it's of decent speeds nonetheless. I think the Hitachi might be a bit faster, but I prefer the newer 9.5mm than the 12.5mm of old.

    I don't trust Tom's Hardware now after a few blunders; I have an SSD on my tablet and I was like WTF when they did their tests on that subject the first time.
     
  22. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It must be that extra platter of goodness that slows the motor down a bit. :D

    I'm getting closer to putting one of these in my home theater Mini. The Mini Stack II is just too noisy.
     
  23. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I just read the Tom's Hardware review:

    Though it does say it has 19ms access time; Shucks, next time I have to wait .5ms more than the person with a Hitachi 5K500. It supposedly uses .6W more than the Hitachi, but I haven't noticed a difference.
     
  24. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Oh, I see. So now you do trust Tom's Hardware? :p
     

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