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Christoph38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi guys,

 

I have a macbook white 2,4 Ghz with 8Ghz.

 

I used to have OSX mountain Lion installed on Western digital Scorpio blue 640 Gb but recently i bought the Seagate ST750LX003-1AC154 XT momentus hybride.

 

I did fresh install everything is working well execpt for the battery life of my macbook.

 

Before full charge capacity i got 6h time surfing internet, email, etc.. lite duty

NOW if i can reach 2h or 2,5h i am very happy!!!

 

So is it something normal to drain the battery life time so quickly?

I understand that performance are higher and i confirm that it is working well but it is dividing the battery life time by 3???

 

Do you have any recomendations, feed back?

 

Thanks a lot

 

Chris


MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion, white and working perfectly!
  • 1. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    mac.heretic Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Hello Chris, welcome to & thanks for using the Apple Community boards.

    There have been a lot of reports of battery drain after performing a Mountain Lion install. There are two suspects to this cause:

    1. A "runaway" background process - this is when an application or process of an application continues to use CPU power & therefore battery power after it's supposed to terminate.
    2. At this time Apple is reportedly looking into what is causing this issue. There have been users that have reported that with no runaway processes there is still a significant reduction in battery life.

     

    To look into this I'd say take a peek at your CPU processes using Activity Monitor. Here's some info on that here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5146

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5147

     

    The next is to turn off the Power Nap feature under System Preferences. Here's a support article for adjusting Power Nap settings:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11465

     

    Let us know well this helps out, if at all Chris.

  • 2. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,270 points)

    while installing the Seagate Momentus XT will drain some of your battery life because it spins at 7200RPM...

     

    but the issue you're having is not normal.

     

    see what else is running in the background via activity monitor - all processes - %CPU...

     

    anything over 10% under the %CPU section is high and will drain your battery...

     

    good luck..

  • 3. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Christoph38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok first of all thank thank for your support

    i put below a screen shoot of most of the process runnining.

    i was just dowloading an update on itune when i did it the screen shot.

     

    bottom the idle is always between 75% to 80 % is it normale?

    i didn't see anything abnormal well maybe i should bring the HDD to seagate or wait Apple to send the first update?

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-22 at 15.55.44.png

  • 4. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,270 points)

    if you look at the bottom of your screen shot - it's shows you're using 26% - that will cause your battery to drain faster....

     

    change my processes to all processes to get a better glimpse on what's going on....There is 16% that is not accounted for right now....it only shows 10% being used by storeagent which is iTunes.

     

    Have a look at mine:

     

    AM CPU Usage.png

  • 5. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    mac.heretic Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Another thing to check for Chris is a firmware update from Seagate. I recall at my last employer we had to do that a few times for older MacBook Pros. I don't know if you're going to "need" it but it may help:

    http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/laptop-hard-drives/momentus- xt-hybrid/

     

    While a 7200RPM drive will have a small drain on performance we're talking about minutes not hours, I wouldn't think the hybrid HDD is the culprit unless it's running at high speeds all the time (unless also, of course, a firmware update addresses the issue).

     

    Also consider having a look here for ways to maximize your battery life:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1446

  • 6. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    FishNYC22 Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    I just installed the same drive in my Mid2010 MBP. The old and new drives were both 7200RPM. I simply cloned my stock drive to the Momentus, installed and and booted up.

     

    The battery life is horendous! After unplugging it I went from 100% to 95% in about 6 minutes. I can actually watch the % tick down. I DEFINIATELY got much better battery life with the stock drive. VERY VERY Disappointed in this drive and may return it.

  • 7. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    georgr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just installed the hdd below


    Numéro de série (SN):    XXXXXX
    Numéro de produit (PN):    ST750LX003-1AC154 MEDIA

    Numéro de modèle :    ST750LX003-1AC154 MEDIA
    Gamme :    MOMENTUS XT

     

    All information given below are interessting but that doesnt help at all. Even if you check/update all configuration for Power Management, check if some processes are showing CPU consumption, you still have an amazing change in your battery lifetime.

     

    OK, performace are really better than the original 5200 RPM hdd but this is impossible to stay in this situation. I have something like 3h max. it was 6h20 before....

     

    I checked seagate website no firmware update... it is just unbelievable.

     

    It cost money and time to switch such device. the result is not acceptable for regular apple users the MBP is not professionally operational since then.

     

    Any help is of course welcome

     

    BTW

    Nom du modèle:          MacBook Pro

      Identifiant du modèle:          MacBookPro8,1

      Nom du processeur:          Intel Core i5

      Vitesse du processeur:          2,3 GHz

      Nombre de processeurs:          1

      Nombre total de cœurs:          2

      Cache de niveau 2 (par cœur):          256 Ko

      Cache de niveau 3:          3 Mo

      Mémoire:          4 Go

      Version de la ROM de démarrage:          MBP81.0047.B27

      Version SMC (système):          1.68f98

  • 8. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    georgr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Logiciel  Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53)

  • 9. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    mac.heretic Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    New Mountain Lion update, 10.8.1, reports to improve some of the battery life issues in 10.8 - download it & see if it improves your issue any.

  • 10. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Christoph38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear All,

     

    Here what i did since i sent my question:

     

    - i updated dmy power settings which help a little bit

    - i updated Mountain Lion which didn't change anything

    - i tried to update the firmware of Seagate but i could not find how to do it so IF YOU CAN HELP about that?

     

    Then i did an image of my HDD to use same installation onto my western scorpio blue, and i monitored my battery which came to almost normal around 6h after full cycle of discharge and charge.

     

    Ok i noticed that my macbook is very hot on the keyboard now and especiall below, the cooling fan is running more often (never heard spining it before).

     

    Any other suggestions? because it is not due to my battery since i tried the old HDD and span time running on battery came back to normal.

     

    I ask the shop to take it back and they refused.

    Beside the problem of draining out my battery, the performances are really good.

     

    Well cannot write anymore because just few % battery left, better to send before loosing all.

     

    Thanks guy if you have any input!

     

    Cheers,

    Chris

  • 11. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Christoph38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I forgot!

     

    I am living in Singapore, country of Seagate, everybody complain about this brand because they manufacture shity HDD, i should have been more carefull!.

     

    Hahaha! i am just depressed i was expecting too much!

     

    thanks

    Chris

  • 12. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    mac.heretic Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Wow Chris that really is terrible. Sorry you're having so much trouble with that HDD, at my former job I installed that drive in dozens of Macs & PCs and never saw the battery or heat issues you're having.

     

    I did some digging around on Seagate's discussion boards. There seems to be a firmware that fixes the battery & heat issues, vSD28. Specifically it addresses the fact that the hybrid HDD/SSD never spins down. Which makes sense if the HDD platters are always running then the battery will drain faster & excess heat will be created.

     

    Here's the download page.

    http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/215451en

    Firmware update procedure (this is once you boot to the CD):

    http://support.seagate.com/firmware/firmware_update_procedure.html

    This is the instruction set from Seagate for running the update:

    http://support.seagate.com/firmware/firmware_update_procedure_mac.html

    If you need to know how to burn an image (.ISO) file to a disk look here - it's the same for all versions of OS X since 10.5:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH7025

     

    In my searching I've found that some people had to run the update 3 times before it actually updated the hybrid's firmware.

    Another user stated that if you downgrade the EFI on your MacBook Pro to v1.6 it'll fix the issue as well (doing a firmware downgrade is a little more difficult however). There does seem to be a number of people on various forums on Google that reported success as well.

    Lastly one user on Seagate's forums reported that he had to replace the drive because it was defective. His issues were the same as yours & had the retailer swap the drive, now his problems are solved. So you can always seek an exchange as well directly through Seagate.

  • 13. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    Christoph38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info,

     

    I checked the different links given by mac.heretic , SEAGATe says that the firmware applies for ST92505610AS
    ST93205620AS, ST95005620AS
    model.

     

    Mine is the model ST750LX003-1AC154 XT, so i don't dare to update it?

     

    Anybody can confirm that this update is suitable for my HDD ???

     

    I contacted Seagate on facebook and no reply yet! will try to call them on monday!

     

    Thanks a lot !

     

    Chris

  • 14. Re: ST750LX003-1AC154  seagate momentus reduce my battery life
    FishNYC22 Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    Hey Chris. Wondering of you heard fro Seagate yet. I sent their support team an email this AM and waiting for a response. I can't believe there isn't more talk of this issue.

     

    thanks

     

    Dave

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