What's the best Hitachi replacement HDD 5K750, 5K500.B or 7K500

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  1. globalmark macrumors member

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    Hi
    I want to upgrade my HDD (warranty just run out) from my stock 250gb to either a 500Gb or 640Gb hitachi - however Does anyone know whats the difference in these drives ?? Except the speed (5400rpm and 7200rpm) as I cannot seem to find much Info with the 5K750 used in a Mac - the 5K500.B and 7K500 seem pretty common but the 5K750 (500Gb or 640Gb at 5400rpm) seems newer ??

    Does any one have any thoughts on these drives or recommendations ?? any info would be great
    Thanks Mark
     
  2. hzxu, Jan 4, 2011
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    hzxu macrumors regular

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    I am wondering about the same thing, I am using 7K500 500GB now, there is a noticeable speed increase from stock 5400RPM drive, in terms of booting and opening applications, I did not notice much noise, vibration or heat, maybe due to its newer technology. However I do notice the battery drains a little bit faster, roughly 30mins for me.

    5k750 is a new drive, it uses Advance Format, this is what I am wondering, does OSX leopard support it? I only have a Leopard disk and a Snow Leopard upgrade disk, so if Leopard does not support it, I cannot install it.

    5k750 is still 5400RPM, it emphasises lower power consumption, but I don't think it is faster than 7K500 which is 7200RPM, although increased density may contribute to better performance.

    Also, there is another series of HDD from Hitachi, Z5k500, which has only one platter with max capacity of 500GB, and it is only 7mm thick, I prefer this one if compared to 5k750.
     
  3. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    A lot of people upgrade their drives and look back and view it as a great decision. If you want more space, you need to buy a HDD. There are a lot of great quality hard drives which are faster, larger and more reliable than the factory hard drives.

    Just a few of the best rated ones that a lot of users here rant about are:
    -Western Digital Scorpio Blue/Black
    -Seagate Momentus
    -Samsung Spinpoint
    -Hitach Travelstar

    It seems most users report that going into the 7xxx speed range has a minor amount of impact on battery life, but most users still say that the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. As a general rule, the 7xxx drives will make more noise (it is often reported as minimal), are smaller than slower drives, and are faster than drives with a slower RPM rating. Some people however have reported the higher quality 7xxx RPM drives are quieter and less shaky than the factory Apple hard drive.
     
  4. globalmark thread starter macrumors member

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    From what i have googled so far - seems that the 5K750 works but have not found 100% confirmation yet - yes it is a 5400rpm drive the 7200 7k750 range comes out 1st quarter 2011 so hopefully soon , but can i put larger than a 500gb in this macbook pro A1226 model ?? i have read that 500gb is max but that was when anything larger was over the 9.5mm max thickness of the hdd now the new 5k750 and 7k750 range is all 9.5mm I don't know ???

    someone must have tried ??
    Mark
     
  5. NickZac macrumors 68000

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  6. globalmark thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes the 1TB would be nice but still the question will anything bigger than 500gb work in the A1226 model macbook pro ??The hitachi 5k750 will go to 1tb also at 9.5mm I think! i also don't want to spend to much and when you get a GB starts to get more expensive and i don't really need it !
     
  7. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    I think we can take up to a 12.5mm drive, but don't quote me. Someone else please validate or discredit this!
     
  8. globalmark thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi

    I have googled it a lot and one thing i am fairly certain of is that the A1226 can only take a 9.5mm drive - but i could be wrong ????
    Mark
     

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