Which SATA HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kgeier82, Jul 2, 2008.


Which Hard drive for my MBP 2.4?

  1. 500gb samsung 5400~ 320$

    8 vote(s)
  2. 320gb hitachi 7200~250$

    12 vote(s)
  1. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    what do you all think...

    500GB samsung 2.5" 8mb cache 5400RPM~320$ with fw800 enclosure


    320 hitachi 2.5" 16mb cache 7200RPM?~
    250$ with same enclosure

    ive placed an order for the 320, but im just not sure... I use roughly 200GB with windows. But would like the extra space, but can I justify the cost?

    the 320GB is a small percentage slower than the 500GB on paper, but once that 320 gets full, the 500 will nail it.
  2. tacoman667 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    I don't even go over 70GB on my 250GB internal. I am a software developer so short speedy bursts of data read is what I need and 7200RPMs shine for that. Most designers doing a lot of video or image editing would need the larger capacity drives and do not really care much on the speed of the spindle as it will be thrashing constantly.
  3. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    OWC has the Hitachi for $170 after a $30 rebate. Got mine earlier this week.
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I really wouldnt get either until WD comes out with a 500GB. If you really want to ask though, get the 500GB. 320GB 7K will run really warm and drain power.
  5. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    My Hitachi 7K320 runs cooler than the WD Scorpio 320 I had earlier, and it has the same power requirements as a 5400 RPM drive.
  6. crobbins macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2006
    I really enjoy Hitachi drives, so my vote had to go with that one..
  7. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Me Too..

    Ordered the OWC Mercury w/ FW 400/800 and swap the 160GB HD I got now...
  8. AlaskanGrown macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2008
    Are you happy with the combo? I just ordered the exact same.
  9. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    I have the OWC USB/FW400/800 enclosure from a while ago. It now has my older WD Scorpio 320 in it. It's pricey but works great. It came with a pwr supply but I've never needed it. I run it FW800 bus-powered all the time to take SuperDuper! backups of my internal.
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    I dunno has anyone noticed but Western Digital have released their Scorpio line in both 5400RPM (Blue) and 7200RPM (Black) both available up to 320GB. Now that's progress!


    Wonder when they're gonna release a 500Gb version...

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