Samsung spinpoint m8 vs scorpio blue

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  1. where is waldo macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, since hard drive prices are pretty low right now I thought I'd pick up a drive. Since both samsung and WD make 1tb hard drives that will fit in the optibay, I'm just wonder which model you guys think would be better in terms of reliability.

    Thanks!
     
  2. g3funk macrumors member

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    M8. I have had one in the optibay for almost 6 months. It is super quiet, reliable, little heat, and there is little to no vibration when doing a lot of read / writes. Completely happy with the purchase. I do purposefully spin it down when I don't need it as well.
     
  3. where is waldo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    While on the hard drive topic, which ssd do you use? I need to buy one of those as well, and I'm currently looking at the samsung 830 and the crucial m4(leaning more towards the m4).

    Thanks for the advice thus far!
     
  4. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    They are? o_O

    I was under the impression that hard drive now are priced ~50% higher than they were three or four months ago.
     
  5. where is waldo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I don't mean low comparing to before. But the WD scorpio blue I was watching is at $155-$160 now, and was around $220 two weeks ago. I figure I might as well buy one now since I'm running out of room.
     
  6. NZed macrumors 65816

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    Im in the same situation as you, running out of room. But i would wait though.
     
  7. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Don't expect hard drives to go down anytime soon. Supply is really low because of flooding in Thailand. Personally I would rather has the spinpoint, but I would go with whatever is cheaper.
     
  8. g3funk macrumors member

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    I run one of those gnarly 8mb plagues Intel 320's. I have never had the 8mb problem though. I decided to purchase the drive during the height of the issue (things seem to be quiet these days) and have yet to regret it. It has never skipped, paused, SBOD, etc. It is running in a first gen unibody 17 (2009) and I believe it to be the best setup for speed/reliability that is possible on the Sata II powered Macbook Pros.

    On the hold out for the 2012 refresh where I will either ditch the pro line (I run 99% of my VM's in Vagrant so 4gigs is "sufficient") and pick up an Air or get a 15 inch pro depending on internals, HD/SSD limitations.

    Also, I picked the M8 up for around 80 USD as a reference on current costs...which are very high.
     
  9. PoseidonMac macrumors member

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    I am going back and forth between these two drives and cant decide. I have heard good things about both and the posters here seem to like the Spinpoint, can someone give a reason why? I can see the Spinpoint has a height of 9.5mm and the scorpio is 12.5mm, but they will both fit in my MBP so I am not really concerned about that, unless there is something else to factor in like noise reduction or vibration. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Last I checked Prices are:

    Spinpoint ~115.00 USD
    Scorpio ~140.00 USD

    Anyone see anything cheaper right now, I am not sure if I am looking in the best places?
     
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i got the spinpoing a few months ago, not a single issue
     
  11. CorporateFelon macrumors regular

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    Prices have gotten better, though there is still room to get back to pre-flood prices. At least with the limited sampling that I've done. I'm seeing a 1TB 2.5" Scorpio Blue back to a bit above what I purchased one for just before the flooding. I expect prices to get better with time, but at the moment I've changed my position from "Wait" to "Buy if needed, wait if it is an upgrade"
     
  12. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    It appears to have gone down a little, but only a little. A couple of years ago I bought 4 WD green 2TB drives, $69 each. Amazon and newegg has them for $130 still.
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have a 1TB WD from a while back when they were 12.5mm and that still works.

    I also picked up a 1TB 9mm Samsung over the summer and that also works very well.
     
  14. Callumbear845 macrumors member

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    Would the 9mm spinpoint work in the main bay of a 2011 MBP? I know that a 12.5mm will, but will the 9mm slop around and damage things?
     
  15. CorporateFelon macrumors regular

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    Like I said, I have a very limited sampling. I guess I assumed that other stuff had seen similar rebounds, I guess some stuff is still up there in price.


    Considering that the MBPs ship with 9mm drives, I dont think it will be a problem.
     
  16. PoseidonMac macrumors member

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    I dont see a reason why I can not but I would like some confirmation. Can I install a new hard drive and RAM at the same time? Sorry if it is stupid, I am just not sure if the computer needs to recognize the new RAM before I copy my cloned old Hard Drive to the new one...
     
  17. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    That's fine. I deliberately do things like this at the same time so I don't have to open it a lot.
     
  18. PoseidonMac macrumors member

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    Exactly my mindset. Thanks for your answer.
     
  19. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    If you're using Windows 7 in Boot Camp, you need to do it individually, else you'll screw up the stupid DRM.

    If you're just using OSX, then do it all at once, or not, it doesn't matter.
     
  20. CorporateFelon macrumors regular

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    Thats one thing that extremely annoys me about windows 7. It virtually makes it impossible to run parallels off of the Bootcamp partition. After a couple of different start up it screws up the activation. What makes it worse is that Microsoft does not even acknowledge the problem, they see them as two separate installs in which needs two separate license keys, which would be impossible to do.
     
  21. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. I suffer the same problem with VMware Fusion. Basically, I've just stopped using Fusion, and only use Boot Camp. Microsoft have introduced DRM to try and force everyone who uses it to pay for their software, but instead have given everyone a legitimate reason to hack their software, so it actually works as it should.

    Now, if only I knew the existence of suck a hack, so I wouldn't have to feel so ripped off that I actually paid money for W7 :(
     
  22. PoseidonMac macrumors member

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    Wow thanks so much for that. I was not aware. I did plan to delete my partition before I do all the hardware changes and then remake the partition with a larger amount allotted to it, but this is just one more reason to delete it. Stupid Windows.
     
  23. PoseidonMac macrumors member

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    Just to give an update if anyone is still debating these drives. I think they are both great options. I decided to go with the WD because I have numerous other WD drives and they have all treated me well.

    FYI newegg has a killer deal on the WD right now.
     

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