replacement HDD question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mcard, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. mcard macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    I have a macbook pro 4,1 (early 2008, non-unibody) with the stock 200GB 5400 rpm hard drive. It's a 1.5Gb/s linkspeed, but I read that the 3Gb/s HDD's are backwards compatible. Do I need to purchase any adapters for this?

    Also, I don't know which drive to get, because on the Newegg customer feedback, all the top 7200rpm drives seem to be having problems. I'm trying to decide between the WD Scorpio Black 750GB and the Samsung Spinpoint MP4 640GB. The WD seems to have a firmware problem with OSX, while the Samsung supposedly struggles with bad blocks developing. I've never bought a hard drive before, so I want to make sure I get the right one.

    Note: I would love to get an SSD, but I can't afford it.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Any 2.5" SATA drive will work. If you don't need 750GB, you could go with the 500GB Scorpio Black. What I've heard, it has no issues with OS X. There is also Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200rpm.
  3. mcard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks for the quick reply! I don't see in my system profiler if I have the SMS feature. Does that mean I won't need to disable the SMS of the Seagate?

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