Will this hard drive work with my macbook?

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  1. beppo macrumors member

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    http://www.directron.com/0a50940.html

    I found this hard drive and its got a pretty good price for what it is now I'm just wondering if it will work with my macbook(mid 2007 2.0 GHz base model)
     
  2. eman macrumors 6502a

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    The macbooks take a SATA 2.5" hard drive. The one you have listed should work, it's a 7200 rpm hard drive and the macbook comes with a 5400rpm, but will still work.
     
  3. beppo thread starter macrumors member

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    will that difference drain the battery? Is the macbook capable of adjusting to the difference?
     
  4. eman macrumors 6502a

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    I would think the faster hard drive would drain the battery a little faster.
     
  5. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular

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    That hard drive will work fine. And no, you wont notice any difference in life of your battery. The Macbook can handle it fine. The Hitachi Travelstar 7200 is actually my prefered internal drive. It is fast and not noisy at all. A very good selection in hard drive.
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, it'll work. But you'd be better off with a 5400 rpm 320 gig ($30 cheaper) or 500 gig ($300 when available) drive. The performance is about the same, but you get 60% or more space.

    You shouldn't notice any significant differences.
     
  7. jakealdred macrumors member

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    erm
    they only take a 1.8 IM SURE!of it!.
    mine only takes a 1.8 and if they suddenly changed tell me!.
    and i got the mid 2007 one aswell do not buy it!.
    -jake
     
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  9. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular

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    Actually, I would not recommend the 320GB 5400 RPM. the 200GB 7200 RPM is much faster. i have installed many 7200 RPM drives on Macbooks and notice an immediate difference in the speed in loading the OS and applications. Everything seems faster. If you need more space, get an external hard drive. I find the performance boost similar to a memory upgrade. You also install programs faster. A program that normally takes me 10 minutes to install with a 5400 RPM only took me 5-6 minutes. You will enjoy it, get the 7200.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Have you quantified this, and if so, how? According to Tom's Hardware, four of the five fastest notebook hard drives for write performance are 5400 rpm drives, including the top two (Samsung, Western Digital).
     
  11. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular

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    According to MacDaddy08's book of personal experiences, a 7200 RPM hard drive is noticeably faster than a 5400 RPM. I took a 5400 RPM out of a MB and installed a 7200 and noticed an immediate improvement in the amount of time it took to install the OS and load applications. This has happened on more than 1 occasion. I don't have the quantitive data or benchmarks to back it up but thats my personal experience.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Oh, I see. What were the capacities and number of platters in the drives? Once you hit about 250 gigs, the data density is such that drive performance improves dramatically.
     
  13. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure it is 9.5 mm tall or less.
     
  14. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular

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    I installed a 100GB, 120Gb and a couple 160GB drives. Never went over 160GB with the 7200 RPM drives. The largest drive I have installed was a 250GB western digital 5400 RPM in a MBP C2D but i didn't have anything to compare the performace to. The others were in Macbooks and I experienced the macbook with the normal 80GB 5400 RPM models and then the 7200 RPM and it was a pretty big difference it seemed like. The rate very well could be higher in drives over 250GB, I can't say because I have no experience with those.

    As far as the number of platters goes, I can't seem to find that information. I tried looking up the specs by model number of the 160GB models but it says N/A where the number of platters is listed. It is a Seagate Momentus 160GB 7200RPM, model ST9160823AS.
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Most notebook drives have two platters. The Samsung and WD 320 gigs have 160 gigs per platter, which is about the maximum density for current technology. Samsung has also begun to ship a 500 gig notebook drive with a bit more than this density using three platters. That drive should be equally fast, but perhaps not since it has 50% more platters. We'll have to await the reviews.
     
  16. krye macrumors 68000

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    I've heard some people complain of a slight vibration on the palm rest after installing a 7200 rpm drive. You might also notice a dip in battery power too.
     

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