replacing macbook harddrive??

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  1. petedes5 macrumors newbie

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    saw a video on youtube and looks like it can be done.


    my question is what hard drive do i need or can i use?
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    As long as its a Laptop HDD you will be fine. If you want speed and responsiveness get an 7200rpm drive, else a 5400rpm will do fine.

    Brand, that's up to you. Seagate and Western Digital are common choices here. How big, it depends on you.
     
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    you need a 2.5" Sata hard drive.

    7200RPM

    300GB or bigger is best otherwise you may need to get a bigger one later on.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    As long as it's a 2.5" SATA HDD you are good. (The only exception is the Hitachi 500GB).
     
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  6. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a

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    I just replaced mine. I've read quite a few reports that recommend against 7200 speed drives, unless you don't mind extra vibration and heat, with little speed gain as a trade off. Personally I don't want that. I used a 5400 Seagate Momentus 500 GB. Check the detailed specs of the drive you're looking at and compare them. The Seagate is rated to run longer than most drives out there, and has a reputation of being very good drives. The main trick is that the drive that's installed on the notebook has 4 screws that stick out the side of it. These screws are a bit difficult to remove. I used needle nosed pliers to get it off, but it's actually a very small allen key hole. If you look up my handle you'll see some talk of this in my recent thread. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old drive, it's available in a "free" version. You'll need an enclosure to do it this way. If you don't want to use an enclosure you can backup using Time Machine, install OS X from your install disks, and then restore from your backup. You'll have to do system updates if you go this route, but it has the advantage of not needing a sata enclosure.
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Go for a Seatgate as theyre good quality but get the 7200, 5400 creates a bottleneck on max speed.

    The noise and vibrations a hard drive make are down to their quality, not usually RPM.
     
  8. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    I have 5400 Seagate* and it's fine. I would suggest against 7200 due to the vibration, but if you wanna live with it then buy it.
     
  9. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    My Seagate 7200 has less vibration than my 5400. Much less.

    As i said, its quality.
     
  10. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    But I thought I read you say somewhere you have a 17" MBP.

    It's the new unibody MacBook's (not sure about the Pro's) that seem to vibrate. My Seagate 5400 doesn't vibrate or make any noise at all.
     
  11. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    go with a good quality 7200. spend the extra 30 or 40 dollars and you wont even notice any sounds or vibrations.
     
  12. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    I had a 7200 RPM WD Scorpio Black and it made my laptop vibrate. WD has a very good rep, and I'm not the only one that experienced this when I installed it.
     
  13. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    hmmm. i was actually going to go with that exact hard drive..i may have to reconsider now. anyone have suggestions to which 500gb 7200rpm drive is good? and has minimal noise/vibrations?
     
  14. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Maybe it was a Western Digital thing? I don't know... I ended up going for a Seagate 5400 RPM because I didn't wanna try the 7200 RPM... but the Seagate's might be better?
     
  15. TomMc macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to ask what is probably a silly question based on the advice already offered here! But is this Seagate hard drive usuable in an original MacBook - Seagate 250GB 5400RPM 8MB SATA-150. I am running Leopard with 2GB of RAM, if that makes any difference!

    Full spec of the drive is as follows:
    Dimensions & Weight
    Depth
    10 cm
    Height
    9.5 mm
    Weight
    102 g
    Width
    7 cm
    Environmental Parameters
    Max Operating Temperature
    60 °C
    Min Operating Temperature
    0 °C
    Shock Tolerance Operating
    325 g @ 2ms
    Shock Tolerance Storage
    900 g @ 1ms
    Header
    Compatibility
    PC
    Model
    ST9250827AS
    Product Line
    Seagate Momentus 5400.4
    Storage Controller
    Type
    None
    Storage Controller (2nd)
    Type
    None
    Storage Hard Drive
    Average Latency
    5.6 ms
    Average Seek Time
    12 ms
    Buffer Size
    8 MB
    Capacity
    250 GB
    Data Transfer Rate
    300 MBps
    Features
    Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
    QuietStep
    Ramp Load
    Form Factor
    2.5" x 1/8H
    Hard Drive Type
    Internal hard drive
    Interface Type
    Serial ATA-300
    Non-Recoverable Errors
    1 per 10^14
    Spindle Speed
    5400 rpm
    Start / Stop Cycles
    600,000

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    T
     
  16. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it will work in any/every MacBook.
     
  17. CanadianEh macrumors member

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    Compatable?


    I am also interested in a WD. The one that I am considering is the WD Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s. Would this work in my MacBook? Specs:

    Performance Specifications
    Rotational Speed 5,400 RPM (nominal)
    Buffer Size 8 MB
    Average Latency 5.50 ms (nominal)

    Seek Times
    Read Seek Time 12.0 ms
    Track-To-Track Seek Time 2.0 ms (average)

    Transfer Rates
    Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) 3 Gb/s (Max)

    Physical Specifications
    Formatted Capacity 500,107 MB
    Capacity 500 GB
    Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
    User Sectors Per Drive 976,773,168

    Physical Dimensions
    English
    Height 0.374 Inches ±0.008 inch
    Length 3.94 Inches ±0.010 inch
    Width 2.75 ±0.010 inch
    Weight 0.26 Pounds

    Metric
    Height 9.5 mm ±0.20 mm
    Length 100.2 ±0.25 mm
    Width 69.85 ±0.25 mm
    Weight 0.117 kg

    Environmental Specifications
    Acoustics
    Idle Mode 24 dBA (average)
    Seek Mode 0 26 dBA (average)

    Temperature (English)
    Operating 32° F to 140° F
    Non-operating -40° F to 149° F

    Temperature (Metric)
    Operating -0° C to 60° C
    Non-operating -40° C to 65° C

    Humidity
    Operating 8-90% RH non-condensing
    Non-operating 5-95% RH non-condensing

    Altitude (English)
    Operating -1,000 feet to 10,000 feet
    Non-operating -1,000 feet to 40,000 feet

    Altitude (Metric)
    Operating -305M to 3,050M
    Non-operating -305M to 12,200M

    Vibration
    Operating 0.00459 g²/Hz (10 to 500 Hz)
    Non-operating 0.05102 g²/Hz (10 to 500 Hz)

    Electrical Specifications
    Current Requirements
    5 VDC
    Read/Write 500 mA
    Idle 400 mA
    Standby 50 mA
    Sleep 20 mA

    Power Dissipation
    Read/Write 2.50 Watts
    Idle 0.85 Watts
    Standby 0.25 Watts
    Sleep 0.10 Watts


    What are the other alternatives? I am interested in a 500 GB HD and just want the best quality. Any recommendations? Thank you everyone.
     
  18. mynameisraj macrumors 6502

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    Yes.

    Samsung makes one, as does Seagate.
     
  19. US in Germany macrumors newbie

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    Just looking through this thread and had to ask a question...

    Just yesterday tried to install the aforementioned WD Scorpio Blue 500gb in my Macbook Pro (15"). Installation went fine, it seemed. When I tried to boot with the OSX startup disk, things looked good at startup but then the LCD backlight went out(?!) at the language selection.

    Needless to say, I re-installed old (now current) hard drive and all is again well. I just now have a 500gb drive with no home :(

    Has anyone seen this before? I was at first thinking there was a compatibility problem with the drive, but it seems to work for others.

    Thanks.
     

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