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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640 Drive draws too much power in a MacBookPro

102219 Views 211 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2010 9:15 AM by EllaM RSS
  • chris09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey,

    I just want to add that I received my WD 640GB 2.5" HDD yesterday, installed Snow Leopard on it and I've noticed the same problems as described by the original poster. My Macbook is extremely sluggish and countless spinning wheels of death. I'll try to disable that "hard drive parking" and see where this leads to. I'll keep you posted. By the way, I ran Xbench with the WD 640GB HDD vs. my "old" 320 GB Seagate 7200.3 and it appears that the WD drive is about 20% faster in terms of reading and writing. So I guess there seems to be a driver issue which slows it down during everyday tasks...
    13.3" MB Unibody, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • chris09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    JoeyR wrote:


    Using drives with a built in equivalent of the MacBooks Sudden Motion Sensor can cause problems. You may want to try to disable the Sudden Motion Sensor in your MacBook and see if that helps:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1934


    I've done as JoeyR suggested and the spinning wheel of death issue has been resolved as far as I can tell. The system is snappier compared to the state with the Sudden Motion Sensor active, however I think it could be faster. Maybe Apple will address this issue in one of their next updates. I guess a lot of people will encounter this problem since 640GB WD blue scorpio HDD seems to be the largest regular option (0.4" height) for the MBs/MBPs. Anyways, thanks for that input and especially for that great tip with the motion sensor.

    Cheers,
    Chris.
    13.3" MB Unibody, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • chris09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Did you restart and deleted the p-ram?
    13.3" MB Unibody, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
    Using drives with a built in equivalent of the MacBooks Sudden Motion Sensor can cause problems. You may want to try to disable the Sudden Motion Sensor in your MacBook and see if that helps:


    In my experience with the WD Blue line there's no problem with SMS compatibility....at least with the 500 GB version, which has pretty much the same specifications as the 640 GB version.
    15.4"MBP 2.66 8/09, Mini 2.0 8/09, (2) 24" LED 6/09 - 10/09, 13.3"MBP 2.53 6/09, Mac OS X (10.6.2), TC 1TB DB 8/09, iSight 4/09, iPhone3G Blk-16GB 7/08, (2)5GiPods 30GB 12/05 11/06
  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)

    Here's what I did after cloning and installing the new drive.

    1. Reset SMC
    2. Reset PRAM
    3. Repaired Permissions
    4. Made sure the new drive is the startup disk. Go to "System Preferences" and select "Startup Disk" highlight the new drive and restart the computer.
    5. Ran Disk Warrior to make repairs....had several to make by the way.
    6. Ran "Disk Utility" "First Aid" and repaired the disk using the install DVD. Note: do NOT repair permissions using your install DVD.
    7. Repeat #4 if needed.

    If you do these thing you'll be happy and your computer will be happier.




    Have you tried this?

    BTW, my new drive is operating as expected (same as the 500GB version). Knock on wood!
    15.4"MBP 2.66 8/09, Mini 2.0 8/09, (2) 24" LED 6/09 - 10/09, 13.3"MBP 2.53 6/09, Mac OS X (10.6.2), TC 1TB DB 8/09, iSight 4/09, iPhone3G Blk-16GB 7/08, (2)5GiPods 30GB 12/05 11/06
  • MrGALL Calculating status...
    I have had the same problem with Western Digital 640Gb and MacBook Pro 15".
    I tried all advises from this topic but they didn't help.
    Then I tried utility hdapm (http://mckinlay.net.nz/hdapm/) and the problem was gone for me!

    You need to install it and run:
    hdapm disk0 max
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • chris09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm back to square one. I performed all the repairs / clean ups / tweaks as described, disabled the sudden motion sensor and performed the performance tweak (hdamp) described before. At first, my macbook seemed to be snappier. However, after a while it gets back into the same old behavior of being unresponsive and showing the spinning colorful disc. It *****. I hope there'll be a driver update soon.
    13.3" MB Unibody, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    One last thing to try might be the suggestions in Kappy's Extended Hard Drive Preparation:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1885474&tstart=60

    I don't know if the erasure procedure will solve the problem or not. If it does not, it may be time to contact WD about a replacement.

    Good luck!
    MBP, 17"hi res, 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iBook G4, 800 MHz, 1.12 GB RAM, 120 GB WD HD, 10.4.11; 1999 CRT iMac Rev. C
  • jaredddddd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I figured I would post in this thread....
    I am interested in the Western Digital 750gb and 1tb Scorpio Blue Drive for my Macbook Pro.
    It is a 17" model (not the unibody). Myservice.com states in an article that these drives do indeed fit although they are 12.5mm, but I have read elsewhere that they do not. Can anyone actually confirm whether or not this drive at 12.5mm will fit in a Macbook Pro 17" pre-unibody?
    THanks.
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Apollo33 Calculating status...
    I just wanted to second the suggestion to use hdapm. That's what I had to do with this drive as well. Here are some good instructions:

    http://mymacfixes.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-do-i-stop-clicking-noise-from-hard.ht ml

    Lingon can be downloaded here (the link in the instructions is dead): http://voxel.dl.sourceforge.net/project/lingon/Lingon/2.1.1/Lingon-2.1.1.zip

    Now here's my question: Does anyone else think this drive is loud? My MBP was silent before, and now this hard drive makes it sound like a fan is running all the time—a fan that gets louder every time it reads. It's pretty annoying. I've been considering getting a replacement to see if I get one that's as quiet as all the online reviewers said, but I have a feeling it won't be any different.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • brianmay27 Calculating status...
    Well I have the same problem. My drive is the wd5000BEVT series and i get the spin up and down problems. Ive tried to disable the sms and use that utility you talked about, and however it did help a bit, I still noticed a HUGE lag. If someone that has this problem try this, listen to itunes for about 30 min. When i did that i would get 1-2 times where it would freeze completely for about 30 sec. I called WD and they sent a replacement, but that still didnt fix it. I dont know who to turn towards. Weather WD is at fault for making a pos hard drive or if apple has a problem with their firmware
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • anorphius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just registered here to say that I have the exact same problem described by the OP. Just recently bought the WD6400BEVT and installed it in my mid-2008 Macbook Pro. I noticed at first that firefox would "pause" every couple of minutes, and I also started to hear the hard drive "spin up and down" what seemed like every 10 seconds. What drove me nuts however was that whenever I watched any movie file on my computer (like an .avi or .mkv), the video would stop and skip every 10 seconds.

    What's really interesting is that I bought a second WD6400BEVT drive and put it in my PS3, and although it "skips" more than the stock drive, the skipping does not ever interfere with video playback or gameplay.

    I've just applied the hdpam hack - hopefully this fixes my problem!
    Macbook Pro mid-2008, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • anorphius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just wanted to respond back and say that the hdapm hack has fixed the intermittent start/stopping of the hard drive. Hopefully it doesn't have too much of a negative effect on battery life.
    Mid-2008 Macbook Pro (2.4ghz Penryn), Mac OS X (10.6.2)
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