Successful upgrade to 7200 rpm HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Oceanmac, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Oceanmac macrumors newbie

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    Wondering who has successfully upgraded your late 2008 alum MB to a 7200 HD. Please share your drive and your experience—e.g., make and model, ease of replacement, any issues after installation, etc.).

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. mcruzader macrumors regular

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    I recently did it on my alum macbook, I tried to carbon copy it but it gave me troubles so I just did a fresh install and got my stuff from the time machine backup.
     
  3. Oceanmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks mcruzader. Some follow-up questions:
    1. What drive did you use?
    2. Any issues with performance? Vibrations, power issues, etc.?
     
  4. mcruzader macrumors regular

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    I used a Hitachi H450-6044. 7200 rpm 16MB Cache, 320 GB. Replacement was a piece of cake no problems whatsoever.
     
  5. catgo macrumors member

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    Replaced mine about 3 days after buying it with a Seagate 7200.3 320GB drive, installed in 2 min. Did a clean install of OSX, everything runs much smoother now, no vibrations or increased heat. Great upgrade if you ask me.
     
  6. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    I tried the same drive but it gave me some vibrations and slightly less battery life..so I stuck but in my apple drive. I am going to wait till I can find a good deal on a ssd drive.
     
  7. PedroMendes macrumors newbie

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    Same for me - took me 5 mins to replace - very straightforward - used superduper to copy original drive via drive caddy - this took a while but it copied to the new drive no prob :D
     
  8. Oceanmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies and the suggestions. Very encouraging.
     
  9. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Put in a western digital scorpio black. Easy to install (if you've got some good small screwdrivers and a torx set) in less than five minutes.

    Formatted the HD using my install disks.

    Could not tell any difference in noise, vibration, heat, etc. COULD tell a difference in bootup and application launch times.

    Would suggest buying drive through brick and mortar store instead of online. Yeah, you'll pay more, but if you've got a loud or shaky drive you can get it replaced immedatiely rather than waiting a week.
     
  10. schulzmc macrumors regular

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    Same here as well - WD Black, install OS X from CD's that came with MacBook, then restore from Time Machine disk.

    At first I thought the drive sounded louder, but just to check I put the old drive back in and the sound is the same. I was more sensitive to the sound because of some reports about noisy drives.

    And - I'm seeing BETTER battery life, which makes sense because of the low power consumption of the WD black drive.
     
  11. spazer macrumors member

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    I installed my WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm 320gb within minutes of purchasing my macbook. The install was very easy, and the performance and added storage space is nice, but I can tell you I definitely got one of the noisy and hot running hard drives. I think I may switch over to the Seagate that people seem to be happy with.
     

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