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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Quiet hard drive for MBP!

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a quiet hard drive that runs cool and has decent performance. I currently own a mid 2010 MBP 13" with only a stock 160gb hard drive.

I'm thinking that since noise is an issue for me, I'll have to stick with a 5,400rpm drive but I'd like the highest capacity drive I can get. Please recommend a few models to consider for those that have upgraded their drive.
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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^^^^ I also wanted a very quiet drive in my '09 13 MBP. I tried several different drives from Seagate and WD before settling with the TOSHIBA MK5055GSX which is very quiet.
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You just described a solid state drive but capacity won't match conventional drives.
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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^^^^ I also wanted a very quiet drive in my '09 13 MBP. I tried several different drives from Seagate and WD before settling with the TOSHIBA MK5055GSX which is very quiet.
I'll take a look into this, thanks.

I was also considering the Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 750GB 2.5" SATAII 5400rpm 8MB Cache or also the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB hard drive. Any opinions on either?
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 10:38 PM   #5
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You just described a solid state drive but capacity won't match conventional drives.
Those drives would be ideal but the cost is too high for the capacity I would require.
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #6
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WD Scorpio, either Blue 5400 or the preferred Back 7200 for a bit more speed and with no increase in sound level or heat/power consumption - and a 5 year warranty and dual processors and platter drive heads.

Even their newest 1 TB Black Scorpio 12.5 mm drive would work with that MBP.
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #7
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WD Scorpio, either Blue 5400 or the preferred Back 7200 for a bit more speed and with no increase in sound level or heat/power consumption - and a 5 year warranty and dual processors and platter drive heads.

Even their newest 1 TB Black Scorpio 12.5 mm drive would work with that MBP.
It's funny you mention the Scorpio Black 7,200 because I just bought one (500GB) 2 days ago and I can't stand the sound of it. It's way too loud for my taste especially when idle. Great drive in all other respects though. Any other thoughts?
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 11:41 PM   #8
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WD Scorpio, either Blue 5400 or the preferred Back 7200 for a bit more speed and with no increase in sound level or heat/power consumption - and a 5 year warranty and dual processors and platter drive heads.

Even their newest 1 TB Black Scorpio 12.5 mm drive would work with that MBP.
WD black drives are ridiculously loud and vibrate-ey
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #9
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i have the 500g hybrid drive and couldnt be happier, quiet , peppy, large.
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Old Feb 17th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #10
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WD Scorpio, either Blue 5400 or the preferred Back 7200 for a bit more speed and with no increase in sound level or heat/power consumption - and a 5 year warranty and dual processors and platter drive heads.

Even their newest 1 TB Black Scorpio 12.5 mm drive would work with that MBP.
I bought the 640gb WD Scorpio Blue 5400 & it caused my '09 MBP to run like crap - I was living on the beach with all the beach ball-ing that went on when it was in there. When I went back to the stock HD it went back to be a fast beach ball free zone.

I'm considering this Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B 500GB 2.5" SATAII 5400rpm 8MB (Hitachi is the stock drive in my MBP) since it seems to run great with it.
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