Upgrading My MacBook Pro's Hard Drive

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  1. zachcheatham macrumors regular

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    I currently have a 160 GB HDD in my 13" MacBook Pro Mid 2009 and am currently looking to upgrade.

    Current HDD Specs:
    - Hitachi HTS545016B9SA02
    - SATA
    - 160 GB
    - Queue Depth: 32
    - 5400 RPM

    I want to buy a 500 GB HDD to put in, but I'm not sure which specs to buy.

    Any suggestions/links?
     
  2. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. racedude macrumors member

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    I'd make sure to stick to at least 5400rpm. I've heard from multiple people that the difference from 5200rpm to 5400rpm is noticeable. I personally prefer Western Digital just out of good experiences with them. Here are two that I'd recommend (one 5400rpm and one 7200rpm).

    Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s - $74.99


    Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s
    - $59.99

    Keep in mind these are both OEM versions, which come with no packaging or instructions, but it's also cheaper.
     
  4. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    just get a western digital or seagate 500 GB hdd with the same rpms as your current hdd and you will have no issues.
     
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  6. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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    On newegg I saw some matching Hitachi drives but I didn't know of any reasons to go with another brand. I bought desktop WD drives before and loved them.

    Also, do all 5400 drives have the same power consumption?
     
  7. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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    Definitely cant afford an SSD
     
  8. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    ditto but wouldn't it be nice??? lol 512 GB SSD for $200 is my budget =D
     
  9. CW Jones macrumors 6502

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    I personally wouldn't go with a 5400rpm drive... 7200rpm or higher. (Not sure if you can get the VelociRaptor in a 500GB version?)
     
  10. CW Jones macrumors 6502

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    OMG if only!!!:D
     
  11. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    That Scorpio Blue is a great HDD for the price.
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Don't know that you can put a VelociRaptor in a MBP. Even if you could, it would get super hot, use a lot of power and cause way too much vibration.

    As for OP's question about power; not all have equal power consumption. Actually I think my WD scorpio black (7200 RPM) uses less power than the fujitsu unit that it came with (5400 RPM). I have been getting a bit longer battery life since the upgrade, along with a mild-moderate increase in performance. It's nothing mind-blowing, but nor is it unnoticeable, it's enough that I appreciate it. I have also always had good experiences with Western Digital drives, so that's what I went with.
     
  13. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I'm about to throw a 500gb 7200rpm seagate drive in my MBP. Up from my current stock 250gb 5400rpm drive
     
  14. green86 macrumors 6502

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    My recommendation is the new Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive. It's a 7200 RPM drive with 4 GB of SSD. It manages itself so it puts the most frequently used files in the SSD portion of the drive, allowing some SSD benefits with a ton of storage (compared to an SSD). And it only costs $130.

    The benchmarks and test are more than impressive, with it testing on the level of a VelociRaptor. It has the best performance/storage/price combination of any drive in existence in my opinion, for laptops anyway (and maybe desktops too). I ordered one this weekend.

    I think SSD's are way overpriced and impractical for right now. I'm sure in 2 years time I'll probably be running one, but for right now I don't think they are worth it.

    You can find it here.
     
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    +1...just put one of these drives in a few days ago and at the same time upgraded to 8gb of ram..

    notice a big difference..just as advertised, the drive most certainly learns b/c my boot ups quickened from first run to third run, etc..would certainly recommend going that route.
     
  17. mrdm macrumors regular

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    Also went with momentus xt in my core i5 macbook pro. A great HDD, very satisfied and much better than the stock Hitachi 5400 RPM drive.
     
  18. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Put the stock drive in an external enclosure, put the Snow Leopard dvd in, boot off it and install to the new drive, use the migration assistant with the external drive.
     
  19. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay so after some looking at the WD scorpio blue on newegg. Some of the reviews state that the 500 GB has crashing problems and then it also has a weird driver problem that causes like a constant 5 second spin up/park. Shouldn't I just buy the same drive that apple puts in, just bigger?
     
  20. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you have any problems with yours? like heat, noise, or spin up.
     
  21. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    No problems at all, it works like a dream.
     
  22. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a seagate 500 gb 7200 rpm in my mbp that I got from OWC. It was pretty affordable, no sound or heat issues.
     
  23. zachcheatham thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool, I dont understand why people are complaining about this thing parking several times a minutes and having to use something called hdapm to make it stop.

    Also, do drives still work with the macbook's built in drop sensor?
     
  24. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You should avoid getting the one with the sensor. The MBPs don't like it very well. Also, if you are looking at a WD Caviar, it won't fit in your computer. It has to be one of the scorpios (blue - 5400 RPM, black - 7200 RPM)
     

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