Upgrading MacBook HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andy348, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    UPDATE:

    I've returned my 320GB 7200RPM drive to newegg. I'm now looking for a new one and I can't decide what I want..

    I need atleast 320GB space. I'm using a 120GB now and I've got 2.5GB of free space left. The 7200RPM would be a nice upgrade, but not a necessity. I liked the boot up times of the 7200rpm drive but if its going to cause a lot more vibration/sound/battery power I don't think it'll be worth it.

    So to those using 7200RPM drives in their MacBooks, can you tell me which drive you've upgraded to and if it makes any more noise?

    I'd be limited to a 320GB 7200RPM drive or a 500GB 5400RPM drive because my price range is roughly $89.

    Here are the ones I've been considering:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148446

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145274

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148371
     
  2. erratikmind macrumors 6502a

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    Have you considered the 500GB 7200rpm Hitachi Travelstar hdd? I purchased one from Newegg, last month. I am very pleased with it. It's a quiet running unit.
     
  3. Andy348 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Its out of my price range. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    Updated the OP.
     
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  6. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't click your links but; I have a 500 GB Scorpio 5400 in my blackbook. It's been in there for about a year or more IDK. It is a great performer and quite. I think it was $99 back then. I have had several WDs and no problems for several years.
     
  7. Andy348 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's the type of feedback I'm looking for. Thanks!
     
  8. No1nfoProvided macrumors 6502

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    If you don't have a case for the hard drive currently inside your MB, I would suggest buying a portable HD like what I did and putting the old HD inside that enclosure thing so you can expand your MB HD and reuse your old HD as an external HD. I bought the Western Digital Passport Essentials 500GB, pried the enclosure open and removed the hard drive to put it inside my MBP. I then put my old 100GB HD inside the case and now use it as an external hard drive. This may sound complicated, but to me it was worth it because my 100gb hard drive isn't just collecting dust now. Everything works awesome, but I do have to caution that if you do take this route, do research on the model of the portable hard drive you are buying because I read that WD recently has made models of the Passport where one would not be able to strip the hard drive out of the case like I did for use inside your computer. As far as performance goes, it's about the same because the spin speed of the hard drive is the same as the one I replaced it with. The buffer in space is awesome though. Hope this helps (sorry if it didn't :|)
     
  9. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    I did the same thing with a 250GB before I got my 500GB. I plugged it in to the MB and cloned my original 160GB w/ "Super Duper". Then when I cracked the case and installed it, everything booted up and was pre installed.
     
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  11. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

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    I bought a hitachi HTS545050b9A300 drive, it was 500gb 7200rpm cost about £40 which is about $70 and there is no noticeable noise or vibration change in my white macbook[​IMG]
     
  12. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    500GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue is the perfect drive. No issues whatsoever and blazing fast (feels like a 7200 RPM drive). The reviews on newegg can attest to that.
     

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