Question : VelociRaptor 300GB 2.5-inch, does it work?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Velociraptor X, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Velociraptor X macrumors newbie

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    Hello, this is my first post so I hope to be of a valuable resource to this great site.

    My question is that I am wishing to upgrade my hard drive on my Mid-2008 unibody 15-inch (2.4GHz model).

    I have talked to Apple and they said they can either fit a 320GB 7200-rpm or 128GB Solid State. Depending on what the answer to this question is. I will either go for a 300GB VelociRaptor 10000-RPM or 320GB 7200-rpm.

    BUT, does the VelociRaptor work with MacBook Pro, as far as I can see, it should. Its the right size and is a SATA. Anyone tried it or can advise me further?

    Thanks
     
  2. rme macrumors regular

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  3. Velociraptor X thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it not? Too big, too small, too thick?


    Another side question : Apple said that my Mid-2008 Unibody would only take up to 320GB hard drives. If I bought a 500GB from a third party (or ripped it out my Vaio) would it work?
     
  4. raptor87 macrumors newbie

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    2.5in velociraptor is not meant to be run without the 3.5" heat sink it fits in. The version sold without the heat sink is meant to be used in custom applications such as a rack mount server.
     
  5. ryan00davis macrumors newbie

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    the 10k drive is 15 mm tall, most laptop drives are 9.5 mm tall. I am not sure how much space there is on the MBP, but im guessing it wont fit. also keep in mind that this will be significantly louder, hotter and more power hungry than a typical 7200.


    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=494
     
  6. rme macrumors regular

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    Definately too high. (15 mm)
    A regular 500 gig 2.5" notebook drive should work fine.
     
  7. Velociraptor X thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah I see what it says here :

    Would my mac accept 500GB hard drives (7200 / 5400)?
     
  8. rme macrumors regular

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    Yes.
    I'd recommend getting a 7200 rpm drive.
     
  9. Velociraptor X thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. Velociraptor X thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would the 640GB work? I am one who loves to have masses of stuff. Especially with boot camp. I am trying to get a huge drive so I can put like 120GB of Bootcamp so I can get 400-500 for Mac.

    400+120 = 520 GB (So that means the 500GB would work) and so would the 640GB.

    Is there any NOTICEABLE difference between 5400 and 7200?

    EDIT : Am I correct in believeing that the 12.5 - 13 mm hard drives do not fit in the MBP?
     
  12. rme macrumors regular

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    The 640 gig will work, and 12.5mm drives should fit.
    7200 rpm is ~ 30% quicker.
    Whether you notice it or not depends on what you do with your computer.
     
  13. Velociraptor X thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use it for games and after effects.

    If 12.5mm drives fit then I could go all the way to 1TB (WD Caviar Blue) -- but I don't think I need THAT much.

    I'm kinda deciding around these three options. I would like plz to say which you personally would recommend.

    1) 500GB 7,200RPM
    2) 640GB 5,400RPM
    3) 128GB Solid-State (granted I already have 200GB of stuff on my laptop -- most can be put on my Rugged Drive though)

    EDIT: According to OWC, 12.5mm hard drives will not fit in ANY MacBook Pro/MacBook/Mac Mini
     
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  15. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The Hitachi 7K500 is a better drive IMO. Search these forums and you will find many satisfied users, myself included. It was my primary drive until I sold my MacBook Pro this past weekend.
     
  16. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    The speed depends on the drive model and data density more than RPM. A 500gb 5400 RPM drive might be just as fast as a 320gb 7200RPM drive, for example (assuming that the 500gb has a higher density)
     

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