Seagate 160gb HD for Macbook?

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  1. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    Hi I want to upgrade my macbooks hard drive, I am fairly sure that this hard drive will be compatable with my macbook, but can someone please confirm it before I spend my money. Seagate Momentus 2.5 160GB 8MB 5400rpm Notebook ATA100 ST9160821A hard drive
     
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  3. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So this one should be ok? It only $4 more. Seagate MOMENTUS 5400.3 160GB SATA150 2.5LP 8MB 12.5MS 5400rpm
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    yep! that's the one you want.

    I'm assuming you know the whole spiel about laptop drives, capacity, rpm and power usage...
     
  5. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I do, Thanks for the help. I just wanted to be sure before I went out and brought the wrong thing:D
     
  6. janey macrumors 603

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    before you do, i'm hoping you're aware that seagate recently started shipping the 7200rpm 160gb SATA laptop drives as well. Just in case you needed capacity and you weren't as willing to give up the performance boost of going from 5400rpm -> 7200rpm and didn't care about the power usage.
     
  7. Yaja123 macrumors regular

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    can i double check with you guys

    so im led to believe that this is the drive i need for my macbook (from a mac upgrade specialist)
    http://www.macupgrades.co.uk/store/product_info.php?products_id=406

    when i go through to the manufacturers specs from this site i get to this page
    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/laptops/momentus/momentus_5400.3/

    when i click through on ST9160821A i get to this
    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...40fc010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&reqPage=Model

    therefore the model number i need is Seagate ST9160821A Momentus 160GB 5400RPM ATA 8MB Hard Drive - OEM

    so i order the following from a cheaper site which is due to arrive on tuesday
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108779

    but according to this thread this could be the wrong one because the model number you guys are saying is ST9160821AS - the S & ATA150 being the difference. Yet, from the seagate website i dont see the drive you guys are talking about AND the newegg webpage goes to the same seagate product page my links goto...

    can anyone clear this up so i can change the order (but to what??!!) or allow things to continue
     
  8. Yaja123 macrumors regular

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    anyone?

    im guess the ata is for powerbooks etc and the sata is for macbooks?
     
  9. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Yes, ATA is an older technology used in older laptops and computers. SATA is newer and faster, and is used in the Macbooks and Macbook Pros.
     
  10. Yaja123 macrumors regular

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    thanks. im about to order the proper sata/150 160gb over the weekend. been waiting for the wrong one for a week now! duh, will have to send it back.

    does anyone know if the caddy for the 120gb that comes out needs any special requirements? i dont see any difference between caddies on sale - they dont state working with sata or ata etc?

    also, is there a 200gb @ 5400 rpm drive out for the macbook?

    or is there any noticeable speed difference in 200gb @ 4200 compared to 160gb @ 5400?

    thanks for your help.
     
  11. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

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    I am actually wondering the same thing, does anyone know?
     
  12. firstrest macrumors member

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    Hitachi have started shipping a 7200rpm 200GB drive. There's a piece about it in the register. Sorry I don't have a link. They claim similar power consumption/noise to a 5400rpm drive.
     
  13. azeteg macrumors member

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    I just popped the new Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB into my MBPC2D 15" yesterday. Feels like a completely different machine now! Its snappy!

    I replaced the stock 120GB Fujitsu. This drive is a little noisier than the Fujitsu, but not disturbing in any way.
     
  14. Problem Child macrumors newbie

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    Is was looking at getting the 160gb segate one at 7200rpm:
    http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-131-SE

    I presume this would be fine for my Macbook C2D? I want a faster speed for when I video edit, and loading times on programs like FF and photoshop. Thats why I want a 7200rpm, but also this is the larget 7200 drive I could find.

    That links a place near me in the UK, theres not many better price in the uk for that drive, well I actually couldn't find anywhere else that'd got the 7200 segate.
     

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