seagate 500gb 7200 rpm question

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  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I own a pre-unibody mbp (2.2 ghz, 8600GT, 4 gigs of ram) and have a seagate 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" drive in an external enclosure. I was thinking about installing it in the mbp, but it looks like you have to take the whole thing apart in order to do it. Also, I've heard on the forums that this particular drive has issues with the sudden motion sensors interfering with one another. So..

    1. will this drive cause problems will the mbp or have those issues been addressed?
    2. is the install all that difficult

    Thanks!
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    Can't comment on (1), though my MBP now has the 320GB version of that drive and has (knock wood) exhibited no problems.

    As to (2), I did the install myself. Lots of little Torx screws, but not a terribly difficult task if you have a well-lit, static-free workplace and some patience. Resource: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/...uo-2-16-2-33-GHz-Hard-Drive-Replacement/459/1
     
  3. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    I put this drive in my MacBook Pro 15".

    No vibration problems at all, and honestly it actually runs cooler than the stock drive, the portion of the case where the HD is is the coolest section of the laptop. Very minimal effect on battery life.

    Would I recommend it? Absolutely ...

    Hardest thing was finding a #6 Torx bit. Installation took 10 minutes on my unibody, cant comment on the non unibody.
     
  4. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    I've put 2 of these in my laptop (at the same time) and I have had no problems.
     
  5. Razeus macrumors 601

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    First of all, Seagate are crap. Pure garbage. Not deserving of a Mac

    Stick to Hitachi or WD Black.
     
  6. 6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

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    I installed a Seagate Momentus 500GB/7200rpm in my MacBook Pro3,1 and it's been working great.

    For the WD fanboys, they don't have a 500GB/7200 option.
     
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Actually, Apple used Seagates. For awhile it was the only maker of 500GB 7200rpm drives. If they don't decide what's worthy of a mac who does? ;)
     
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  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    hmm ok where are your sources? instead of the firmware issues which where fixed in the latest models btw.

    i have the 250GB 7200.4 and its fine. no vibrating issues and max read speeds of 100 MB/s not complaining. little quiet seek noise here and there like normal.

    i use Tom's hardware's average read speed chart for HDD speed ranking http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/...s/h2benchw-3.12-Avg-Read-Throughput,1110.html. the Hitachi 7K500 takes the ave read speed with the 7200.4 second.
     
  10. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    Yep, 'cos those Hitachi ones are soo good! :)

    I have nothing against Seagate. WD Blacks are noisy, I heard. That's why I chose the Seagate. 320 GB, with the sensor, a lot of buffer. It was around £45 ($70), which is a good deal. That stopped beachballs, what Snow Leopard couldn't do.
     
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    can anyone comment of the real world performance / noise difference ?

    also does Hitachi makes 2 versions: with and w.o. free fall sensor as Seagate does ?
     

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