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Upgrading To Hybrid Hard Drive SSHD, H-HDD

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darkhorse85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 10, 2012 6:03 AM

Hi there,

I am to upgrade the 2.5" 5400rpm 250gb hard disk drive in my 13"  MacBook Pro (mid 2009). I want to increase both the capacity(to 750gb+) and thespeed significantly. An Apple genius suggested a Hybrid Hard Drive. 

 

After looking on Amazon.co.uk, Ebuyer.com, Ebay.co.uk and Scan.co.uk but the only Hybrid Hard Drive I can find Seagate SSHD. Another Apple Genius said he would not recommend Seagate Hard Drives and that Toshiba make better faster Hybrid Drives (which he said Ebuyer sells). I can't seem to find anything other than the Seagate model.

 

          This the Seagate Hybrid Hard Drive

          (Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive)

          http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750gb-seagate-st750lx003-momentusxt-hybrid-solid- state-25-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache

 

I would appreciate anyones input on where I can get order a high quality Hybrid Hard Drive and general comments regading this subject.

 

 

Please note:

  • I'm miles away from being wealthy but quality ismore import that cost here.
  • I am not willing to remove optical drive / CD drive to accomidate
  • Please note I have already purchased a RAM upradge to increase the speed.

 

Thanks!

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    I also haven't heard great things about the Seagate hybrid drive, and have heard nothing about a Toshiba version.  You may have already considered an SSD. The prices have been coming down, and a 250GB SSD is more reasonably priced today (the larger capacity SSDs are still expensive). To expand your storage capacity, you could have an external hard drive. If you need portabiltiy, a drive in a case like this might work. 

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Nov 10, 2012 8:12 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    I have 2 Seagate 750XT drives, one in a 2009 MBP and one in a 2011 MBP. They both work extremely well, fast and stable. (22 second boot, button to desktop)

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:56 PM (in response to darkhorse85)

    darkhorse85 wrote:

     

    Thanks for that Csound1,

     

    • Can anyone recommend any other hybrid hard drives?
    • Csound1 the two Seagate 750XT drives you have, I assume are they're the same model as the one in the a link post in the first message?

     

    Thanks

    They are the same model, I also have 1 of the 500XT models and I had experience using the original (Windows only) 250 that Seagate produced. They all work but the 750 is fast, the 500 less so.

  • tomc8151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    I have recently purchased Seagate 750 GB XT 2.5 inch Hybrid hard drive to upgrade my MBH Mid 2011 I used carbon copy to clone my exsisting HDD over to my new drive. I was able to boot into it using a USB and worked fine but when I plugged it in internally the drive wasn't recognised and all that came up during the boot was a folder with a question mark through it. Has anyone else been having this issue if so what did you do to solve.

    Thanks

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to tomc8151)

    Start by carefully checking the connection (cable)

  • tomc8151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:30 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Yes the cable is in securely I did manage to boot from that drive external but when put in internally it doesnt work.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to tomc8151)

    Different cable external and internal.

     

    Did you set it as the boot drive?

     

    Does it appear in Disk Utility?

  • tomc8151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Yes externally I connected it via USB and pressed the option key during bootup and then selected the external drive. it then booted into that drive successfully.

     

    When I plugged it internally when it boots I get a icon come up with a folder with a question mark inside. When I go to boot option no drives appear.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 2:58 PM (in response to tomc8151)

    Then it is not connected, check the ribbon for damage and/or a bad connection.

     

    Does it spin?

     

    Boot to recovery and see if it appears in Disk Utility, or conect the old drive externally and boot from that and look in Disk Utility.

  • tomc8151 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 3:24 PM (in response to Csound1)

    yes it does spin.

     

    I will try that in a bit currently got the old drive internally at the momment and that has booted in fine.

     

    If the drive does appear within disk utility what should I do next?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,390 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to tomc8151)

    Let me know

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 5:58 PM (in response to darkhorse85)

    I can also speak highly for the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB drives.  I have one in my late 2011 MBP and it has been working great for the little over a year I've had it.  I have a second one in an external enclosure that I regularly clone my internal drive onto for backup/emergency recovery.

     

    I had read about people with lots of issues with the Momentus XT 500GB drive, but that seems to have been resolved with the latest drive firmware update.  I have also read from a few users using the Momentus XT 1TB drive running at 5400RPM.  THey are having no issues with their drives either.

     

    If you want performance for a reasonable price, I have heard that the Crucial M500 960GB SSD is on the market with an MSRP of only $599.99USD.  Due to popularity it is hard to come by and some are "scalping" them for $800-$1200.  Consider though that it is a 960GB SSD, so you get both space and SSD performance...

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