Recommendations for quality MacBook HD upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by maccamb, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. maccamb macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am looking for recommendations for a good performance MacBook hard drive upgrade. I am looking for >= 120G capacity, 5400rpm that does not run too hot. I would greatly appreciate any guidance. And preferrably if you have had the drive >= 3 months.

    I have a late 2007/early 2008 MacBook 2 GHz C2D.

    Thanks very much in advance,
    m
     
  2. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    There are lots of good options up to 500gb. I like Hitachi TravelStar drives best but Western Digital has a great line of "green" drives that are moderately fast and have low power consumption too. Newer 7200 rpm drives give somewhat better performance and use power on par with older 5400 rpm drives.

    Take a look at macsales.com and look at their hard drive upgrades. They even have kits with an external enclosure so you can copy the HD image over before you swap the drive. They also offer an inexpensive toolkit with all of the bits you are likely to need.
     
  3. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    I'm planning on getting the seagate 7200.4, however I don't want/need the 500GB version. I'm trying to find the 250GB version. If you're just looking for something bigger than 120GB, this may be the drive for you, too. However, I'm having a hard time finding it. newegg, tiger direct, OWC, etc. all have the 500GB model, but not the 250GB. Anybody know where I can get a 250GB model?
     
  4. doug.hall macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I've just upgraded three macbook HDs and used the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB. Not sure where you are from however in the UK it's just under £100. If that is too much the 360GB is less than £50. Both get great reviews on amazon and on this forum and it's as easy to switch the hard drive as it is to change your ram - especially if you have Time Machine on. One point to remember is you will require your original install disks that come with the macbook.

    Good luck with the decision...
     
  5. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    I have been using the WD Scorpio Blue 500GB in my Macbook since Christmas and it has been working like a charm. I love all of the space, too.
     
  6. lermal macrumors regular

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  7. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    anybody know where to get a 250GB seagate 7200.4?
     
  8. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    Could not find the 250GB (You are probably looking for cheaper) but I found the 500GB model on newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148374

    Anyone know when we will see 640GB drives at 5400 RPM? Or do you think I should buy the 7200.4 500GB I mentioned? Better performance?

    I never really liked Seagate, always trusted WD. Ideas?
     
  9. yossim macrumors regular

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  10. hjteq macrumors newbie

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    easy there money pants its just a mac =)
    *JKING*
    what about solid state? I don't think that they are proven enough to recommend as far as reliability. I think that the new macs have buffalo branded drives up to 256 GB(correct me if I am wrong I only did a light search). Though I have not found it for sale yet.
     
  11. yossim macrumors regular

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    would you recommend sticking one into an iPod?
     

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