Suggestions for 500GB Internal HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seong, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. seong macrumors 65816

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    Like the title says, what are your guy's suggestions for 500GB Internal HDD?
    I don't mind having 5,400 or 7,200rpm and the cache size (16MB would be enough for me).
    I read from other people's posts that some HDDs have slower boot time, more power consumption, drive failure, not booting, etc etc...
    What is the perfect internal HDD 500GB for Mac? The only one I know is WD Blue Scorpio (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277315163&sr=8-1), but I don't know if it's available around where I live.
    I am planning to partition 400GB for Mac & 100GB for Windows XP.

    Also, can anyone tell me the name of the screw driver to remove T6 Torx screws? Not familiar with all these stuff....

    btw, I have Macbook Pro 2009 model, as shown in my signature.
     
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    WD Scorpio Blue is a good and affordable drive, pretty popular in here.
     
  4. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So does WD Blue Scorpio performs well?
    Such as light weight gamings (playing SC2 and CODMW2 aka COD6), Pages, Keynote Presentation, etc.
    THX for quick replies!!! (ru guys refreshing every 30 seconds? jkjk)
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Games aren't HD intensive. It's one of the best 5400rpm drives, it can fight against many 7200rpm drives.
     
  6. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So, if I find out that the store doesn't sell WD Scorpio Blue (I live in Korea btw), how many days will it take me to order it from Amazon?
     
  7. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    Replacing the HD is pretty easy, just go to a DIY and ask for a T6 screwdriver, thats the one you need. I paid 4 euro for it, that was rather expensive but I did not want to spend too much time in searching the cheapest shop.

    Also, you could consider an external enclosure to pop in your old drive.
     
  8. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    hmm, 4 euro?
    I'm pretty sure that is expensive since my aunt bought a screw driver set (which didn't include T6 screwdriver) for 5 euro.
    thx for telling me! (I should have guessed the name:D)
     
  9. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking about getting a larger drive, too; I checked some reviews and there seems to be noise about a "known incompatibility" with MBP and these drives.

    This was the description given by one reviewer:

    The WD drive has a KNOWN compatibility issue with Apple's Macbook Pro line. The drive constantly attempts to park the needle and the Macbook will IMMEDIATELY start the drive back up. This is irrespective of the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" setting. This constant back and forth causes the drive to cycle up and down in a way that will impact performance in the immediate term, and shorten the life of the drive in the long term. Unfortunately many people don't take a noticeable performance hit, so they don't notice the constant cycling of the drive until it starts to click after a few months.

    Anyone on these forums experience this issue? Is this related to the issue with the EFI firmware update?
     
  10. elleana macrumors regular

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    Wow that sounds pretty serious. How widespread is the problem?
     
  11. joeybuckets macrumors regular

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    i have the WD Scorpio Blue 640gb and no problems in my macbook pro.
     
  12. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    Don't know, the review was from April 2010 and I wonder if it's just the issue with the firmware update that I referenced above.

    There is a long thread about it here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=729883&page=27
     
  13. seong thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ouch, that WILL change my mind.
    Anyone can explain this situation?
    Otherwise, I can't upgrade!
     
  14. elvisidal macrumors member

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    500GB WD Scorpio Blue

    I am tempted to try out the black one though.
    The WD blue gives me an hour more than the Hitachi and Seagate drives my 2 i5's shipped with.
     
  15. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    I"ve been looking at 640GB HDD and it seems like the problem still exists within OS X only. Of the 640GB HDD, the samsungs exhibit this issue as well as the WD 640GB. One guy returned his WD and went to Seagate 640GB and seems to be doing fine w/o the parking head issue. Really a bummer, never knew about it until I started looking into a storage drive.

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/feedback/OS_X_notebook_HD_cycling.html
     
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    word
     
  18. Forum-User macrumors newbie

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    I used the Fujitsu MJA2500BH

    Last week I replaced the HDD in my MacBook Pro 15-inch using the 500 GB 5400 RPM Fujitsu MJA2500BH from geeks.com. Fujitsu doesn't make this drive anymore, but it consumes less power than most other drive manufacturers. I didn't want to lower my battery life, and have been happy with its performance since upgrading my 13-inch MacBook last year, so I bought the same drive for my MBP.
     
  19. xbeamelite macrumors newbie

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    Hitachi 500gb 7200 RPM. $80 amazon. Installed on my 13" mac and its awesome. fast, quiet and no increase in vibration or power drain for me.
     
  20. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    I vote for Seagate Momentus XT. It's a hybrid that works well.
     
  21. cube macrumors G5

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    I ordered a Momentus XT 500GB. Too small for me, but just can't wait for the speed.
     
  22. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    I hear ya, I have a 320GB and, if I'm going to upgrade, I want to at least double the size of the drive; that's why I'm looking for something bigger than 500GB. Maybe I'll just wait a while and they will come out with a Momentus XT 640 or 750.....

    Or, a nice Hitachi Travelstar 7200RPM drive, in 640GB would be fine by me, too.
     
  23. cube macrumors G5

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    I would really want 1TB at least, but the Momentus XT is 9.7mm high, not 9.5mm, so a terabyte hybrid with the current technology might be too thick.
     
  24. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1TB is too much, 750GB has already been done (the rev B 750GB Scorpio Blue is double platter, i.e. 9.5mm high) although it's only matter of time when 9.5mm 1TB hits the market.

    Is the hybrid that much faster then? Why didn't you jump for 1TB WD (if your Mac can take 12.5mm drives)?
     
  25. deus ex machina macrumors regular

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    The 1TB fits in many of the new MBPs. I had one in my 15" i5, it worked just fine.
     

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