WD Scorpio Black with or without free fall sensor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by superatombomb, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. superatombomb macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009
    hi, i plan on upgrading my macbook pro 13" to a scorpio black. Should i get the version with or without the freefall sensor. I heard the sensor conflicts with the sensor built into the macbook pro and causes kernel panics.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have a Scorpio Black with sensor on a 17" ubMBP (Early 2009) with no conflicts. From the research I've done, I believe that conflict was limited to an earlier, specific model of MacBook.

    Interestingly enough, this was a warranty swap for a non-sensor model. I was a bit unsure about it, but since I hadn't seen any conflict reports of late, I'd try it. No troubles at all. I even went so much as to trip it (GENTLY lowering the MBP in mid-air, but quickly enough to cause enough acceleration to trip the sensor). I could hear the head unload just fine and no KPs.

    That all said, get the one without - the MacBook Pro has its own drop sensor (the Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)), so if the drive is more expensive, it's a waste. The drive's sensor would be moot.
  3. gorjan macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2009
    Buy the one without the sensor. If your laptop has a sensor built in, you don't need another one in your HDD. :)

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