Which RAM and HDD for 13" MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ugp, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. ugp macrumors 65816

    ugp

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    Which brands are known to work well with no issues? I want to upgrade to a 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. Thanks.
     
  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    For the HDD - I prefer Western Digital. They offer a huge range, all with different characteristics, good prices, good drives.

    RAM - I'd get it from OWC (macsales.com) they're renowned for their RAM for Macs, and they're probably the most popular on here, either that or crucial.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Hard drive: Western Digital and Seagate are popular here. Personally I prefer WD

    RAM: OWC and Crucial are popular
     
  4. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    FWIW, some here have experienced issues with '09 13 MBP & WD Scorpio Blue. YMMV ...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=762210
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=761749
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=748635
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=748990
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=744690
     
  5. biiishplz macrumors newbie

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    I got the 4GB RAM upgrade from Apple, but put in a Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 320GB that I already had in my old Acer laptop. I was initially going to put my 500GB Scorpio Blue in instead, but after reading the about the problems with it on here, I decided against it. It's staying in its USB enclosure. My friend put a 500GB Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B in his 13" UMB and loves it.

    Oh, and just to be clear, the 5K500.B is the newer version with 2 250GB platters and the standard 9.5mm drive height, while the older 5K500 used 3 166GB platters and was 12.5mm tall. The newer version is preferable since fewer, denser platters means lower noise, reduced power requirements and higher transfer rates, not to mention the hassle of the 12.5mm drive just barely fitting in there.
     

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