Which hard drive upgrade for MBP 4,1?

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  1. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    The time has finally came. My applecare runs out in 2 weeks and I have about 20 gb left on my hard drive. So my question is, what do those of you with the same MBP recommend? I figure its pointless to blow the money on an SSD since this mac only has the 1.5gb sata. I was thinking of getting a Seagate Momentus XT since it would probably be the best performance improvement. Also, is there anything to look out for? Thanks
     
  2. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

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    I recently upgraded my MB 160GB drive to the Momentus XT 500GB and couldn't' be happier. Yes, SSD is faster overall, but the Momentus is a great value for price/performance.
     
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    I can recommend the WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB 9.5 mm. I use it in my own Mid-2009 and Early-2011 MBPs. The Seagate Momentus XT is probably one of the slowest HDs on the market.

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=13118351&highlight=#post13118351
     
  4. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I didn't see anything about the momentus xt being slow. Everything I saw about it was either as fast or faster than the blue. Although I do remember looking at the WD blue. I also like the reliability of WD products. You do know im talking about the Hybrid drive right?
     
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  6. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ill just have to look at it a little more. The blue can be had with more storage but the XT is faster and would probably make it less painful to keep an aging machine.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    A friend of mine bought the Momentus XT for his MBP 3,1, and it is quite a bit faster than a regular drive.

    The downside is that his battery life took a roundhouse kick to the groin.
     
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    The Chuck Norris of hard drives?
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Exactly.
     
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    Yep
     
  11. Mr. Retrofire, Aug 9, 2011
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    Even if you talk about the hybrid version, Mac OS X cannot use it. Only Windows Vista and Windows 7 support hybrid hard disks. So a hybrid drive under Mac OS X is pretty useless.

    The Seagate hybrid drive has also a big amount of unsolved problems, especially on MacBook Pro systems.
     

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