What brand OEM hard drive in new 500GB macbook pros?

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  1. Jottle macrumors 6502

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    For those of you that have bought the new high end macbook pro 15'', what brand of internal 500gb hard drive is apple using? Is it Hitachi, Fujitsu, Seagate? I'm hoping for Hitachi as they are extremely quiet and a good tradeoff in terms of speed/power consumption. Please confirm.
     
  2. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Mine had the Hitachi 5K500 travelstar.
     
  3. Jottle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    awesome! Anyone else?
     
  4. thiagos macrumors 6502

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    The 500GB 7200RPM is Seagate. The reason I know is because is the only manufacturer who offers a 500GB Hard Drive and 7200 Rotation (at the present moment).
     
  5. Jottle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So the 5400rpm is probably always Hitachi and the 7200 is Seagate?
     
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    Right. Which is kind of ironic given that real-world benchmark tests show that the Hitachi TravelStar 5K500 is slightly faster on average than the Seagate 7200.4.

    I think the Hitachi is a "5K500.B", and I'm not sure what the B revision entails, but I've read a bunch of reviews where people complain that the original 5K500 was too thick to fit in their laptops -- 12,5 mm vs the standard 9 mm. I can see why this would be an issue with Macs in particular since Apple has shaved off every millimeter to make the case thin. So maybe the "B" is a 9 mm version of the 5K500.
     
  8. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Yes it's 5K500.B, a two platter drive. It is normal height 9.5mm.

    5K500 first revision was a three platter drive, that's why it was thicker.
     
  9. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    Ah. There you go.

    Hitachi appears to be Apple's go-to OEM for 2.5" drives. The 5K500.B didn't start shipping until December 2008 so I guess that's why the stock drives were 320 GB until now.
     
  10. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Same as the others, Hitachi in my 17" 500GB, quiet and seems pretty snappy thus far. See what happens later after I install CS4 and play around a bit.
     
  11. Jottle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hitachi rarely makes the fastest drives (desktop or notebook), but they're usually good mid level performers when you compare them to other drives in their price range.
     

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