Successful upgrade to 7200 rpm HD?

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

  1. Oceanmac macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    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

    Sep 10, 2008
    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

    Nov 13, 2008
    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

    Sep 10, 2008
    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

    Jun 8, 2007
    Miami, FL
    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


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I tried the same drive but it gave me some vibrations and slightly less battery 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

    Oct 24, 2008
    Sunny Glasgow
    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

    Nov 13, 2008
    Thanks for the replies and the suggestions. Very encouraging.
  9. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    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

    Aug 13, 2006
    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

    Sep 27, 2006
    Northern California
    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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