WD 320 GB Scorpio Questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chp5592, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. chp5592 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    To those who have replaced their MBP or MB hard drive with the new 320 gb Scorpio drive, I have two questions.

    1) Notice any increased heat?

    2) Any decrease in battery life?

    According to Toms Hardware, this Scorpio has one of the highest idle and load power consumption (4.2 watts under load versus 3.0 watt load for the Fujitsu, 40% increase), which I assume would lead to higher heat and lowered battery life. Idle consumption is 1.1 watt versus 0.8 watt.

    My stock MBP has a Fujitsu drive 5400 rpm which has the lowest power consumption which I presume is why Apple chose this drive.

    I am concerned that switching out for the roomier and faster Scorpio drive would result in the above problems.

    Any experiences to share?

  2. Csmitte macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    works well, quiet, no heat issues that I notice? not decrease in battery life. DO IT!
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    1) No

    2) No

    Had one installed since they where released
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    No and no. I've had mine a few weeks and I can't notice any difference, other than an excess of free space...

  5. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    I haven't noticed any difference in heat or battery life, either. I'm completely satisfied with the Scorpio 320GB.
  6. chp5592 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Thanks for the replies thus far. Sounds like lab test power consumption tests may not be that relevant in real life situation. I think I'll go ahead and switch out the hard drive and try this out myself!

    I just picked up the WD320gb external passport drive from best buy for $150 which I'll pop open and swap out the drive with my internal 200gb fujitsu drive.
  7. pna macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    Is the only difference between the passport version and the bare drive the cache (2Mb vs. 8Mb)? The bare drive is 10 bucks more, so I've been somewhat inclined to pick up the bare drive and a 10 dollar enclosure just to have the peace of mind that the bare drive is from a batch with a higher MTBF.
  8. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    I have noticed somewhat of a heat increase in the drive area, but the battery life seems the same. Performance is higher and of course I have a ton of free space :)
  9. chp5592 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I don't think they make 2Mb 320gb hard drive. From what I read, it's the same 8Mb scorpio drive as the bare drive.
  10. brandonshough macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
  11. qksilver macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Mine is hotter, My stock 120 drive never got warm. my left palm was the same temp as my right palm (which is over the optical drive). Now with the WD 320 it gets warm. Not hot, but warm. It is slightly uncomfortable to me since I am used to it being the same temp as my right palm.

    I have not noticed a decrease in battery life but that is much harder to judge since it can be over a 4 -5 hour period and a difference in a few minutes would be hard to justify without a controlled test.
  12. chp5592 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Thanks for the perspective. I am certainly not interested in having a hotter machine. I think I may look in to the samsung 320 drive which had the lower power profile. The passport is going back to best buy.
  13. tip macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    I'm about to make the plunge myself (got a great deal on a Passport, which I'll pry apart). Got SuperDuper primed and ready. I just have to finish up beta testing this FDE product and remove it. I'll post my results.
  14. tmoney468 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2007
    one problem that I had when I used Super Duper was that when I installed my new HD and booted it up, I had a problem with the dock constantly showing/hiding itself, as it seemed like it was loading/unloading something. I don't know if this is normal or a temporary thing, but it didn't seem to go away so I just did an archive and install and it works perfectly now.
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The drive should not affect you battery life, nor increase heat output.
  16. djinn macrumors 68000


    Oct 4, 2003
    Since my upgrade I haven't noticed any heat issues. In fact, it runs cooler then the HDD that came with my MBP. No problem with Battery performance either.

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