Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320gb vs WD Scorpio Black 320gb

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kreator, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. kreator macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2008
    I find myself running low on space from everyday tasks and I find my hard drive is the bottleneck in a lot of my situations so I am upgrading. I can't decide on which drive. The Seagate best in benchmarks (from what ive seen), but my main concern is noise. Has anyone experience with either of these drives and can they confirm if they make excessive noise/vibrations?
  2. rablat macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2007
    Classified NSA intel
    I have the Seagate and I have not noticed any excessive noise or vibration.
    I was torn between these 2 as well. I came from a fujitsu which are
    famous for being quiet.
  3. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    We upgraded our Macbook HD with the WD 320gb 7200 rpm 16mb cache drive. Installation went without a hitch and it runs beautifully - and quietly. No noticeable vibration, noise, or increased heat. Hope this helps.
  4. ewoo macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    I recently upgraded my unibody MBP with the Seagate 7200.3 from my factory Hitachi 5400RPM drive. Noise is not an issue but I do feel a slight vibration under my right palm now--I didn't before. Anecdotal-ly, battery life appears to remain about the same but certain file operations do appear noticeably snappier.

    I would say that, the difference in noticeable performance wasn't a obvious as when upgrading say a desktop machine from 5400 to 7200RPM.

    I do a lot of development in VMWware Fusion, Photo editing and general internet browsing.
  5. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    I'd say neither. Wait two weeks and go for the 500GB Seagate Momentus 7200.4.
  6. ewoo macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
  7. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    The Seagate is quiet as a broken whistle in mine as well.
  8. tonyl macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    I also want to upgrade my HD and looked reviews on about the two drives. Many complains about click noise and vibration of both drives, but seagate seems to be more. Now I'm hesitate to do it. Heat is also a concern. I can barely feel warm at right palm even when copying big files (~10gb). The stock Fujitsu 160GB HD also works great now. I may wait for another year for better 7200rpm drives.
  9. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    i returned my seagate 320gb 7200rpm to newegg because it was clicking alot, i could not even sleep with the computer on!
  10. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    I've had my 320 gig seagate 7200 since just after they came out... it's been great. No difference it temperatures and it's been pretty damn quiet. You can hear a low hard drive "whir" but that's it... my 5400 wasn't really much quieter... not enough to matter at least.

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