What 500GB hard drive should I get? (I have links)

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  1. silenahilena macrumors member

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    Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B -
    http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Trave...2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1267754400&sr=1-2

    Seagate Momentus - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    Western Digital Scorpio Blue - http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1267754430&sr=1-1

    What is the difference with this Scorpio Blue as well?
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1267754430&sr=1-3

    This is for a 13'' 2.26 Macbook. I want something that is cool, fast, and quiet....and something that won't break in 8 months (although it seems there's at least 2 reviews for each product with someone saying that the hard drive broke within a year). I have read hundreds of reviews of each product -- they all seem like great products, but I am having trouble deciding. Feel free to suggest alternatives. I prefer not to go to the 7200rpm route since I want something cool and quiet.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I have the Scorpio Blue and it has performed flawlessly for me
     
  3. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool. I've heard people saying that it gets a little hot...is this true for you?
     
  4. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I use a Scorpio Blue also. No problems with heat or battery life or vibrations.

    However, I might switch back to a 7200RPM drive again. I don't think i can handle the slowness anymore.
     
  5. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I'm still open to using a 7200RPM....I just don't want it to affect my new Macbook that much or have it roughed up for something that a 7200rpm drive wasn't made for..
     
  6. emiljan macrumors 6502

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    I have my eye on the 500GB Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 from newegg.com for my 13" MBP. Everyone who has one of these drives raves about how quiet these drives and and they are noticeably faster than the oem drives that come standard in most laptops.

    Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145275
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    The MacBook (Pro) can handle 7200RPM drives without any vibration issues. The rubber mounts displaces all the vibration.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    All of the drives that have been mentioned are excellent choices and have their fans
    I don't think you will be disappointed with any of them
     
  9. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    +1 It's hard to go wrong with those choices.
     
  10. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, now I'm leaning toward the 7200rpm. Speed is great - but how much battery does it drain?
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I don't have the 7200, but from what I understand, under normal conditions, the battery drain differential is negligible
    But don't be swayed just by the 7200 number

    Scorpio Blue and Black Review
     
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    I found none. But that's just me.
     
  13. djarsalan2006 macrumors regular

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    I have the blue scorpio, works like a charm, however it gets really hot that you could even toast a bread with it or something ..
     
  14. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

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    i put the 500gb 7200rpm seagate into my mbp. It failed after 6 months. I'd probably go with the hitachi if i put one in now.
     
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    What would the battery drain be like if there were 2 500GB 7.2k Seagates in a Macbook?
     
  16. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh man, all these mixed reviews...it's killing me. =/
     
  17. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    They are all great choices
    You won't be disappointed with any of the these drives
     
  18. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    Also, I read something on a Newegg review where someone stated that Macbooks run at only 1.5MBs transfer rate, so you have to adjust the HDD if you get a 7200 RPM. What's this about?
     
  19. zbg8000 macrumors newbie

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    It will automatically adjust the interface speed.
     
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  21. zbg8000 macrumors newbie

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    Western Digital Scorpio Blue. It's good so far.
     
  22. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the deal. All hard drives fail some times, so no particular brand is immune. For every drive, there will be someone out there with a failure story. But, with good drives, there will also be people with positive stories. In the end, like some of us said, the ones you listed are all good drives. No one is obviously better than the other. Pick based on color, favorite letter, word association, whatever :) All our choices are half chance...
     
  23. silenahilena thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you fo the link. I'm leaning toward the Scorpio Blue, however, I would like to see benchmarks for the 7200 Hitachi. I'll have to search for it later.
     
  24. akadmon macrumors 68010

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    Hitachi drives are junk. I recommend this 5400 RPM Fujitsu drive from Newegg.


    I have bought two of them in the past 3 months and and they're the quietest laptop drives I've ever had. One of them replaced a 250 GB 7200 RPM drive that failed (Hitachi), and it's actually faster despite having less RPM.
     

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