What internal hard drive to replace stock HDD?

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  1. wallstreetcrash macrumors regular

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    What would you lot reccomend? I am looking for a 500GB one, will these work with MacBook Alu models.

    And it dosn't invalidate warranty, does it?

    Also, say you need to return your MacBook for repair, what happens then?
     
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  3. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Get the WD5000BEVT. It's faster and more power efficient than the Samsung.
     
  4. wallstreetcrash thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks :)

    So there is no problem with 500GB right? What about 1TB?

    Okay, say my MB dies or something. I am thinking of using my stock HD as an external HD, so that won't have MacOSX on it, would it still be fine to return it?
     
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    500GB is max for 2.5" notebook.

    changing the hard drive does not void warranty.
     
  6. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

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    Had the same question myself. After much research ended up getting the WD Scorpio Black 250GB 7200 RPM (non shock protection). I honestly feel it may be a better upgrade then adding 4GB of RAM. In my testing, computer boots almost 50% more quickly and apps load much more quickly. Thing is as quiet as the stock HD and runs a tad warmer (if i were to place a % on it id say 5%). When using office apps and browsing its nice and cold...only when i stress it with a movie do i notice the small temp difference. Mine also came with the hard mounts so all i had to do was pop out the old one and put in the new one (from newegg).
     
  7. mrrish macrumors regular

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    Look for things like operating temperature. Also expect lower battery life.
     
  8. wallstreetcrash thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could you explain why about the battery life?

    Thanks
     
  9. conezone73 macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody know if it is possible to install a SSD if you bought the stock HDD? I remember when the first macbook airs came out I called apple and they said that it would not be possible to add a larger SSD unless you previously bought the SSD model.
     
  10. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Yes I just but an Intel X-25 in one (stats are in the other SSD thread)

    Easy if you have a the right size screw driver (you nedd Hexes also). I didn't have any problems with the screws...I was lucky.
     
  11. mrrish macrumors regular

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    Apple tends to choose a combination of components with the battery life in mind. If you go buy a cost effective larger capacity hard drive, it will probably have a higher power consumption rate...
     
  12. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    I replaced my stock hd with a Seagate 320gb 7200rpm. But I did loose a little battery life...about 1/2 hr also there is more vibration with a 7200rpm hd. Not sure yet if I want to keep it in my MB or sell it and get a ssd 128gb. It is VERY easy to swap out drives...it takes about 3-5 min.
     
  13. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    Are the intel ssd for sale yet? They look screaming fast!!! I would love to get one for my MB....but the 160gb model.;)



    *sorry about the double post*
     
  14. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    I bought one to test off of ebay with the MS cashback deal (I will probably sell it on Ebay eventually)

    But it boots almost instantly. Very odd. Also, I had never used an SSD before a weeks ago and they are silent but what I really notice is the lack of vibration that I've been taking for granted all these years.

    Very noticeable.
     
  15. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    The Seagate 320GB/7200rpm drives should not take any more power than 5400rpm drives, just check the power measurements on Tom's hardware 2.5" charts.
     
  16. wallstreetcrash thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool, I'll look for a 5400RPM 500GB drive.

    What are the pro's and cons of 5400RPM vs 7200RPM?
    The 7200RPM reads faster... but makes more sound?
     
  17. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    No, not really

    YMMV, but a lot of people who put in 7200's don't feel any more vibration or noise than the stock 5200.

    There's always the chance you could get a bum drive, but that's why I buy them from the store, and not online. If your drive sounds like its full of bb's, you can take it back immediately.
     
  18. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone having any issues with the WD scorpio drives and the clicking that occurs when the drive head parks? Seems like its a problem with the WD's and I am not sure if the Seagates have this problem as well. Thinking about exchanging my WD for the seagate.
     
  19. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    I've got the standard Fujitsu and it's making this sound. I was going to replace it with a WD scorpio !
     
  20. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Clicking can happen to any brand hard drive. Sometimes it stops by itself after a week or two.

    I know some ways to do something about it but only in Windows.
     
  21. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I think Tom's hardware guide has a lot of benchmarks for harddrives, including power consumption, noise, vibration, etc.

    Amazon is a good place to look for results from the field. Based upon what I've learned, I'm going to get a WD 320 gig 7200 scorpion black.
     
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