5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2013 8:49 AM by OGELTHORPE
Valerie Pine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am looking to upgrade the internal hard drive on my laptop. I need more space, as much as possible at a reasonable speed. Would very much appreciate any suggestions on drives to buy (seagate?). I love my laptop, just need more space!

Thanks a lot for any help on this.

 

Details for my laptop are the following:

 

Model Identifier:    MacBookPro7,1 bought august 2010

  Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:    2.4 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    1

  Total Number Of Cores:    2

  L2 Cache:    3 MB

  Memory:    4 GB

  Bus Speed:    1.07 GHz

 

The hard drive currently in the machine is the following (only 250 GB):

 

TOSHIBA MK2555GSXF:

 

  Capacity:    250.06 GB (250,059,350,016 bytes)

  Model:    TOSHIBA MK2555GSXF         

  • Serial ATA interface
  • SATA/300 data transfer rate
  • Data transfers up to 3.0 Gbit/s
  • 5400 RPM spindle speed
  • 8 MB cache buffer
  • 12 ms average seek time
  • 5.55 ms average latency
  • 2.5-inch form factor
  • 9.5 mm drive height




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.4 GHz Memory: 4 GB
  • 1. Re: Upgrade internal hard drive for MacBook Pro 7,1
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    I have installed this HGST 1 TB HDD in my MBPs:

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145875

     

    It is working satisfactorily.  This should give you 4 times the space you currently have.

     

    Ciao.

  • 2. Re: Upgrade internal hard drive for MacBook Pro 7,1
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,285 points)

    Good drive at a good price.

     

    The only downside to consider is the tradeoff between faster spindle spin rate (7200 RPM) which will tend to give you fater data access, and increased battery use to spin it at that speed, and keep it cooled.

  • 3. Re: Upgrade internal hard drive for MacBook Pro 7,1
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    Grant Bennet-Alder, greetings;  Point well taken which would be true of any 7200 rpm HDD.  I have always wondered if there would be any offset due to the faster data acquisition in regards to battery drain.  As far as heat goes, the CPU temperature as I respond to you is 39 c with four applications open.  But then I use those KOOL 17 " MBPs.

     

    Ciao.

  • 4. Re: Upgrade internal hard drive for MacBook Pro 7,1
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,285 points)

    OGELTHORPE-

     

    Greetings! My response was not meant to be critical of your selection.

     

    The reason these issue occurred to me was that I bought my college-student son a really fast (and expensive!) SSD for his MacBook, expecting it to perform WONDERS for the computer's performance.  He never called to tell me how fast his computer was running. In fact, I heard nothing back.

     

    When I finally asked outright how FAST it was performing, he told me he could not tell whether it was faster or not. BUT -- it was MUCH cooler-running and quieter than the old one and the battery now lasted much longer. So it was a good choice for his use, but not for any of the reasons I expected.

     

    That incident made me consider: capacity, speed, spin-power and cooling-power and battery life were all tradeoffs in this portable-computer drive-selection business. And depending on how you use your MacBook, your answer may be very, very different.

  • 5. Re: Upgrade internal hard drive for MacBook Pro 7,1
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    Grant Bennet-Alder, greetings:  NO, NO, No offense was taken on my part.  Rest easy.  My response was a statement of fact (at least that was the intent) with a bit of levity (KOOL).  I suspect that the 17" MBPs, as a function of the larger size (heat sink) will actually be cooler that smaller ones.  Again as I respond to you, iStat pro says a KOOL 39 c CPU temperature.

     

    Very best,

     

    Ciao.