What hard disk MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SasukeJ, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. SasukeJ macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for a 500gb hd what of this I get?

    500GB 2.5" Seagate Momentus 5400.6 5400RPM 8MB SATA Notebook Drive $99.97

    500GB 2.5" Seagate Momentus 7200.4 7200RPM SATA Notebook HD 16MB Cache $137.99

    500GB 2.5" Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B 5400RPM SATA Notebook Drive 8MB Cache $97.99

    500GB 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400RPM SATA Notebook HD 8MB Cache $104.99


    My preference over all is silent, and no cliking

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I would get the just-released Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500GB 7200RPM. I'm not sure if it has hit retail just yet. If not it should definitely do so shortly since it was released at the beginning of this month.
     
  3. madog macrumors 65816

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    I read about that Hitachi too. I am shocked that no one has yet to compete with the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 yet as it's still the only 7200 2.5" 9.5mm 500GB drive available to the public. While it has gotten good reviews on the performance of the product itself, it is hovering at about 60% of 5 star reviews at newegg.com (which concerns me).

    I am waiting to install Snow Leopard until I get a new hard drive. I have a Hitachi 500GB already (with 60GB free) in my MBP, but performance wise it's not the fastest (or just may be "going bad"). Also, I do get the occasional CLICK noise but am not sure if it's normal (when it spins down) or just the drive possibly going out. I do not hear it every time I use it. Hopefully, Hitachi's 7200 is a better/faster drive overall than the Seagate.

    Some people complain about the noise on the Seagate 7200 drive while some claim they notice nothing. Regardless, it has to be a little louder than a 5400 (*whether people notice it or not), it will run a bit hotter, and also will need more power to run lowering battery life; however; being able to perform tasks a bit faster may be the trade off in the slightly lower battery life. I'm concerned about the heat myself as well as the noise.
     
  4. garylapointe macrumors 65816

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    I don't see anyone selling them yet. None of the first 30 Google hits seem to be selling....

    Gary
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  5. brendu macrumors 68020

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    curious about exactly the same information, so please keep any answers coming.... remember the quieter the better above all else... speed matters just under that.
     
  6. verdee macrumors newbie

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    I recently put the WD 500 drive in my early 2008 MBP and I have been very happy with it so far. I was debating between the seagate and the WD, but from what I read the WD drive is quieter, more reliable and almost as fast. I had a definite boost in performance.
     
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

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    is that a 7200?
     
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Western Digital does not make a 500GB 7200RPM notebook drive.
     
  9. SasukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. spetykowski macrumors member

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    I have both the 7200 and 5400, 500GB Momentous and they are quiet as can be. There are almost unnoticeable in my MBP (specs at the bottom) I am very happy with both. The 7200 is my boot/scratch drive and the 5400 is my data drive. Both perform very well. Personally I would go for the 7200. Spend the extra money and be happy with your purchase.
     
  11. SasukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no issues like beep and click that I'm reading with 7200 rpm disk?
    and vibration is noticiable?
     
  12. spetykowski macrumors member

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    I read a few threads but haven't heard too much about this beep and click issue. The only thing that I notice is when the computer goes into a forced sleep, i.e. Cmd alt eject, while the drive is still spinning there is a beep. But nothing that would suggest that there is damage being done to the drive. As far as vibration... I have read pages and pages of the noice and vibration on the momentous. Either everyone uses a stethoscope to listen to their momentous, or I have the only quite drive. That being said, I hear nothing more than the original drive. Vibration is non existant. I have the 7200 in an optibay drive replacing the optical drive, and the 5400 in the hard drives normal location. I've had both spinning at the same time and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

    Hope this helps.

    Oh and btw. I ordered my momentous a few weeks ago from buy.com
    and picked it up for $118, not sure of it's still at that price but it's worth checking out.
     
  13. SasukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well reading a few post I'm scared about the EFI 1.7 problem, in the apple store they send mbp 13" with this firmware or with 1.6, there's any HDD that don't give any issue with the 1.7??
     
  14. gaps macrumors member

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    Very happy here with the Seagate Momentus 500gb 7200RPM!
     
  15. SasukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    gaps u got the EFI 1.7 installed? no click, beep any vibration?
     
  16. ebustin macrumors newbie

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    I to, want the Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500GB 7200RPM low power higher speed. Problem is no one selling them. WHY :confused:
     
  17. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...I'd go with the WD vs the Seagate drives, they seem to be getting better reliability reviews where ever you look...
     
  18. MacFanUK macrumors 6502a

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    Did you ever decide on a hard drive? I will be ordering my MBP either tomorrow or next week and looking for a bigger hard drive for it.

    Cheers
     
  19. SasukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I think on getting one with 7200 rpm but with the EFI problem dunno wat to do.
     
  20. MacFanUK macrumors 6502a

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    What's the EFI problem? Sorry :confused:
     

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