Which HDD should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by SloopJohnB, May 31, 2009.

  1. SloopJohnB macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2009
    Hi fellow mac users! :)

    I'm thinking about upgrading my nvidia whitebook's HDD. I'm considering these options:

    Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421AS 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive (Bare drive) - OEM

    Cache: 16MB
    Average Latency: 4.17ms
    Parts: 3 years limited
    Labor: 3 years limited
    Model #: ST9320421AS
    Item #: N82E16822148336

    Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9320423AS 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

    Cache: 16MB
    Average Latency: 4.17ms
    Features: Native Command Queuing Green features: - Lowest-power 7200-RPM laptop hard drive yet - Ramp load features improve idle power consumption State-of-the-art error correction Fluid dynamic bearing motor Support for S.M.A.R.T. drive monitoring and reporting Support for Read Multiple and Write Multiple commands
    Model #: ST9320423AS
    Item #: N82E16822148446

    Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

    Cache: 16MB
    Average Seek Time: 12ms
    Average Latency: 5.5ms
    Windows Vista: Works with Windows Vista
    Features: Desktop-class performance for notebook computers Massive capacity Low power consumption Quiet Reliable and rugged Tested for compatibility
    Parts: 5 years limited
    Labor: 5 years limited
    Model #: WD3200BEKT
    Item #: N82E16822136280

    Are these the best? Should I look for another brand or model? Which is the best 7200rpm 320gb HDD today for the macbook? (in terms of heat, noise and performance)??

    Thanks a lot!
  2. Kingcodez macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2009
    I prefer the WD Scorpio's, but the Seagate's are quite good.
    Seagate actually just released a 7200RPM 500GB drive on newegg.

    Both drives are basically the same, one is a tiny bit better in This, one is a tiny bit better in That, they both are very reliable, reputable brands. They both have drives that are faulty, and are DOA. They both have their respective fanboys, in the end any difference you will hardly notice, unless you are comparing a working drive with one that may have a problem from the factory.

    It's like the people that freak out over the uMB's screen, xxxxx6 is brighter than xxxxx5 but xxxxx4 has 4% better color saturation.

    Either way if you seriously need the best, you will go buy a external monitor.
    It's just making Apple noobs (like me) fret over the smallest stupidest detail.
    uMB has a great screen, uMBP has a better one. My external $100 LCD has the best one.

    But hard drive wise, their basically the same.

    In regards to the Seagate, the 7200.4 is the NEWEST version of the 7200 HDDs, so it should in theory, be slightly faster ect ect as it is newer..

    The Scorpios have a harder to understand system, but just lookup up what the newest one is and see if it's the one newegg has.

    Just remember that people always get DOA items, and don't connect DOA with that brand, especially if it's a good brand.

    I think WD's are faster, and Seagates are slightly cooler or quieter. Yet the differences would be minimal at best.
  3. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    +1 for the Seagate 7200.4
    I have it in my macbook and I can say it is the best laptop HDD you can buy. But, does it really come in a 320GB version? I thought it was only 250GB and 500GB.
  4. Shawny D macrumors member

    Shawny D

    May 13, 2009
    WD3200BEKT has been running solidly for me, can't say the same about the Seagate 7200.4. (Just look at the mixed reviews on Newegg.)
  5. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    check out tomshardware.com

    they did a test on a series of 2.5" hard drives. there were some real performers in the 7200rpm range and in some cases they were just as efficient as the 5400rpm drives. 7200rpm drives are sooo much faster than 5400rpm drives and i think that they are a better upgrade than ram in a notebook as they affect everything but upgrading ram only really improves speed when you are running bloatware like photoshop
  6. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    +1 for this.
  7. GoHack macrumors member

    May 7, 2009
    Palmdale, CA
    I just installed the 320GB, 7200.4, in my uMB, so yes it is available.

    No complaints yet.


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