Seagate 7200.3 vs. WD Scorpio Black in the new Macbook. Which one?

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  1. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I'm still unsure what to pick for my Macbook. Seagate, WD or maybe even SSD.

    According to this review: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15079/7, the WD3200BEKT is quite a lot faster than the Seagate 7200.3

    I have reason to doubt their results because I've seen other benchmarks where the Seagate 7200.3 is faster than the WD. However, non of these benchmarks were real life tests.

    According to Tom's hardware there isn't much between the two drives in real world performance.

    Did anyone do some real world tests with the Seagate 7200.3 and compare it to the stockdrive?

    Did anyone find other reviews of the Seagate 7200.3?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    I can tell you I couldn't stand to leave the 320GB Scorpio Black in my alu Macbook for more than a day. It makes the entire unibody vibrate like crazy. The stock 250GB 5400 doesn't make any vibration and feels like I have an SSD. Unfortunately the Scorpio black is now an external drive.. kind of disappointing because I didn't have this problem when I installed it in my Macbook Pro. I think it has to do with the unibody being so stiff... any vibration gets transferred straight to the case. I'd recommend an SSD... hopefully early next year for me when the Intel X25 drops in price
     
  3. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks TxMacAddict.

    Are you 'Teacher' on NBR?
     
  4. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    hmm must be someone else.. I don't even know what nbr is. :confused:
     
  5. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's Notebookreview. This is what he wrote:
    He seems to be from Texas too and had a WD in his MBP too :)
     
  6. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    ahh ok thanks I'll check it out. I didn't have any problems with the sound from the drive.. it was excessive vibration. I wish I had ordered the 320GB Scorpio Blue at 5400 RPM or even the Samsung 500GB at 5400 RPM. Owell... I'm sure I can find a buyer for it. Would be cool if Newegg would let me exchange it.
     
  7. YOKOJP macrumors member

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    I'm debating on this issue too. my understanding is that 7200rpm produces more heat, noise and vibration compared to 5400rpm. Anyone has any experience with their 7200rpm HD on Macbook? Any comments are greatly appreciated.
     
  8. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    I put the WD 320 Black into my MB on friday. It does vibrate too much and sounds like a fan. I don't like it much after running with the SSD in my Air. :(

    Wish there was a 300+ Gb SSD
     
  9. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    By the way, the WD5000BEVT is much better than the Samsung 500GB. Faster and more power efficient because it has two instead of three platters.
     
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    installed it in my mb

    Installed wd 320 gig 7200 hd in my alum mb last night. Easy install, no more noise or vibration than the fujitsu had.

    Boots noticeably quicker, applications launch faster, machine seems to pop.

    Now looking for external hd enclosure for old hd
     
  11. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the info. No WD then. You're the third person to complain about it in a macbook.
    I think the Seagate 7200.3 does better in the noise department.
     
  12. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    no fan noise from mine

    It is the same as the stock on my alum mb. Period.
     
  13. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I get that. But if three other people experience something different, I'd rather not take the risk.
     
  14. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    statistics

    I'm sure you could go to other message boards and hear people talking crap about any other sort of hard drive. An apple authorized reseller near my house, swears against WD as well. OTOH, I've never had a problem with them. BB's forums are full will people (inculding macheads) giving glowing reviews about the drives. With manufacturers making millions of hard drives each, some of them are going to be bad or substandard in quality.

    That's why I went with a brick and mortar store with a return policy. It's also why I'm better about keeping receipts.

    Good luck to you on your upcoming purchase and install. If you don't mind, I'd like to swap xbench stats on our systems and drives.
     
  15. spazer macrumors member

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    I have the 7200rpm 320GB WD Scorpio Black in my MacBook (alu) and it works great. No issues with noise or vibration. Actually seems a bit cooler than the stock 5400rpm HDD.
     
  16. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    I guess its possible that some stock alu macbooks vibrate more than others... and when upgraded feel the same. For me if I can hold it and not be able to tell whether it has an ssd or platter then it's acceptable. If I can tell you then its too much.. I'm probably a little more picky than your average guy though too.
     
  17. Adamo macrumors 6502

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    That's the best part about all this, we can get a decent spectrum of what people have tried and their experience with each item - I'm going to go for the 500GB £110 HDD for my white MacBook as I'd rather do that than 'waste' money on a non-firewire, slower MacBook, I've already maxxed the RAM although the allure of new is always high.
     
  18. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    My Seagate 7200.3 vibrates a bit more than the 5400 drives I have had. Its not a lot and I am happy overall but it is a very small "hum" type vibration in the palmrest. As far as excessive noise or heat goes I have seen none. Its a very quiet drive that consumes (and produces) less power/heat than the older 5400 drives I had in the MacBook. Boot times, launch times and temperature have gone down while battery life has increased.

    After owning several WD drives recently (desktop and laptop), I don't have a terribly high opinion of them.
     
  19. daveb1976 macrumors newbie

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    I'm on this forum after having bought the 7200.3 Seagate - and taken it out of my MB an hour after putting it in because the virbration bugged me...

    Seems there can be problems with both types of drives.
     
  20. California macrumors 68040

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    There may be a different problem with ATA/PATA IDE drives from the PPC Apple laptops, but I want to add that my WD 250gb laptop harddrive that was put in my PB g4 earlier this year was silent and gave no problems.

    Same with the 100gb Travelstars.

    I have had good luck with Travelstars in my lengthy Apple romance.

    My second choice is the high cached Toshibas.

    I returned a couple of new iBooks/Powerbooks when they came stock with Fujitsu because they only had 2mb cache and suck overall.

    Have had moderate luck with Seagate.

    Have a Toshiba stock drive in my al Mac Book and its very quiet.

    When I upgrade, will probably be a Hitachi Travelstar.
     

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