western digital scorpio black in new 13 inch mbp?

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  1. INeedAMacBook macrumors 6502

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    can't find a thread so i thought i'd post, has anyone tried the 320gb western digital scorpio black in there macbook pro, 13 inch, june 2009 or the new ones, or is it better to go with the scorpio blue 500gb, same price but a bit slower, so things like
    HEAT/NOISE/VIBRATION/BATTERY LIFE/SPEED

    or should i go for a different hard drive? a fast 5400 rpm or a 7200 rpm
     
  2. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I put the 320 black in the UMB in my sig. It's definitely faster than the 5400rpm OEM Hitachi, but it's noisier. I didn't realize the Blue was faster or I might have done that instead. I am going to mess with mine and see if I can get it quieter (it quiets down if I put pressure on the right side palm rest). I may put a couple rubber bands around the outside of the drive to seat it more firmly. I would have returned the drive, but the hassle of erasing my info and writing to a new disk, combined with BestBuy's 15% restocking fee, plus Finals here at school pretty much screwed that idea.
     
  3. Inside_line macrumors regular

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    That was only 1 benchmark, scroll down and watch the story reverses. Not saying 5400RPM hasn't improved, but the 7200RPM drives are faster in overall.
     
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    I was just googling this thing up, and I can't believe this thread suits my question perfectly. I'm in the same position, I've kind of run out of space on my standard 160GB Seagate, and I was looking into Scorpion Black, the 320GB one. I'm interested in speed and noise particularly. Should I get a 320GB Scorpion Black, or is a 500GB Scorpion Blue a better idea?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    In some things 5400rpm 500GB is faster than 7200rpm 320GB and vice versa. Both have same average latency and seek time too. 500GB is faster in some things due density.

    Anyway, Hitachi 500GB 7200rpm is the fastest one anyway
     
  6. Ash9414 macrumors 6502

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    Would the Scorpio Blue be quieter than the 250GB HD you get with the 13" MBP? I'm thinking of upgrading my HD straight away when I get my MBP because I've heard it makes it faster (having more available space).
     
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  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yeah, but not that much that it'd be worth it unless you need more than 250GB.
     
  9. Ash9414 macrumors 6502

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    Just read in another thread that it makes a clicking noise, do the HDs in the MBPs do this too? I'm not sure whether to upgrade to a 320GB for £40 when I buy my MBP online, or get the base model and then installing the 500GB WD drive myself (for about £80).
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Clicking sound is not normal and you can always return the HD if it does it. Get the 500GB as then you can use the old HD too
     
  11. Ash9414 macrumors 6502

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    Ok, if I waited a while to buy the WD drive, how would I put all my information from the 250GB to the new 500GB that I might end up buying?
     

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