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  • BatmanPPC Level 1 (115 points)
    BatmanPPC wrote:
    Ok. The new Seagate drive I put in crashed hard. Disk Utility can't repair (lots of disk i/o errors). Neither can Disk Warrior.

    Anyone know which 500 GB drive works without an issue? Even if it is 5400 RPM?

    OK. So I returned the 2nd failed Seagate drive to BestBuy. I still need to send the first Seagate drive for RMA exchange.

    Ran with the original 320GB 7200 RPM for a while but I really needed to get back to a higher capacity drive.

    Went with a WD 500GB 5400 RPM and been running it for 2 weeks now and no crazy loud noises yet. I do hear some very light noises that could be head parking clicks but they might be normal operational noises. I'm not sure. I am sure that the noises aren't as scary as the ones the Seagate drives make.

    All told, I'm really disappointed in the Seagate drives. I usually go for Seagate drives over others. It's hard to say if Apple is to blame or Seagate. But I hear that the drives also have problems in other laptops as well as PS3 consoles.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Call these people:

    They will tell you what currently works with your particular MBP model.

    They always give me great service.

    EZ Jim

    MacPro QuadCore(Early 2009) 2.93Ghz w/MacOSX (10.6.2)  MacBookPro(13inch,Mid2009) 2.26GHz(10.6.2)
    LED Cinema Display  G4PowerBook1.67GHz(10.4.11)  iBookSE366MHz(10.3.9)  External iSight
  • katmandu137 Level 1 (0 points)
    All I can add is my returned MBP had a 500 GB Fujitsu. The replacement MBP (and no problems at all, thank goodness) has a 500 GB Toshiba. Both 5400 rpm.
  • ArnsteinK Level 1 (10 points)
    Have anyone fixed this?

    I bought mine the day the new ones were released, and received a second one after Apple "support" failed to fix the problems, but of course the new one had the problem too, and now Apple won't return my mails...
  • BatmanPPC Level 1 (115 points)
    Don't ask me why (maybe I like to torture myself) but I ordered a Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM (Travelstar 7K500) to try out in the MBP. I'll just installed it and will report back in a day or so.

    If you haven't been following my posts, I tried two Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM drives before going to a WD 5400 RPM 500GB. Both Seagate drives essentially failed but the WD drive worked.
  • jorhh Level 1 (30 points)
    Hey BatmanPPC,
    please do keep us posted on your HD endeavours ... !

    Message was edited by: jorhh
  • BatmanPPC Level 1 (115 points)
    It's been several days and absolutely no clicks or spinning balls (none that seem to be HD related).

    It's starting to look like the Hitachi drives are the ones to go for (at least for those of us who are looking to do the drive upgrade ourselves)

    I'll try to remember to make a final report in a week.
  • zl9600 Level 1 (20 points)
    I installed the infamous Seagate Momentus 7200 500gig on my MBP 2.6 with Snow L.

    I have to say I've had ZERO issues and this is the drive I bought way back in the early summer yet held off on installing.

    One thing I did do was follow the instructions I found from this thread about erasing, partitioning, setting the GUID (No need for APM on an Intel mac), etc. I don't know if that helped, but by using SuperDuper and booting from that and doing the disk work, making sure to run Cocktail on everything, it has been a great disk for me so far.

    I'm hoping that 10.6.2 and the above has eliminated the issues that started this very long thread. Of course this post could have jinxed all of this. Good thing I back up with both SuperDuper, Time Machine and Crash Plan!
  • bc270 Level 1 (0 points)
    I would definitely not get the seagate. after a few months my seagate 500gb 7200 drive started getting noticeably louder (the whirring of the drive) and there was a vibration that started coming through the right side chassis (where the hard drive sits). i confirmed with geniuses that conferred on the issue that the 7200 rpm could cause these issues, and even a greater chance with the seagates (apparently apple is trying to move away from this brand b/c of quality issues). they recommended a fujistu 5400rpm, which i just got - much quieter and no vibration! however i am getting a light click-beep now. not sure if its normal. but the other brand they suggested is hitachi.
  • CarriedBy6 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think Fishbert (from another discusion) is definitely on to something here. I know everyone has been swearing up and down that it is a firmware issue, and that it only applies to the 15", trust me, i have read every page in multiple discussions about this and similar if not related issues, and have very little hair left because of it.

    I have updated to 10.6.2, and applied the new 1.8 and associated firmwares, and disabled the temporary hdapm fix. installed a Western Digital 750GB. and all to no avail. I desperately ordered a replacement sata cable from 7-inch-early-2009/cable-hard-drive-connector-922-8920.asp

    (again, this is the link for the 17" MBPro drive cable not the 15, double check to order the right one)

    Installed it, (careful not to put the excessive bends that the orig had) and 3 hours later now after doing everything in my power to get my 17" MBP unibody to beachball, click, beep, and hang up in any way etc, am very happy to say that so far... my issue is resolved 100%

    The cable that arrived was slightly different in regards to the markings than the orig cable, I talked to the tech at Apple Palace and he said apple just released the OEM cable to be sold to outside vendors as a replacement part not too long ago.

    For reference.

    Hopefully, even if this is unrelated will convince someone else to take the $35 plunge and start enjoying their mac again.

    Normally I'd like to know if installing the old seagate 500gb 7200rpm drive would be fixed as well, but i threw it at a wall, so that's a no go... sorry.

    Thanks everyone here for adding the helpful comments.
  • BatmanPPC Level 1 (115 points)
    Ok, I promised to report back and here I am.

    No issues!!


    NVidia MCP79 AHCI:

    Vendor: NVidia
    Product: MCP79 AHCI
    Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.20 Supported

    Hitachi HTS725050A9A364:

    Capacity: 500.11 GB (500,107,862,016 bytes)
    Model: Hitachi HTS725050A9A364
    Revision: PC4OC70E
    Serial Number: 091107PCE400VLG1KK0C
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 7200
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Mac OS X:
    Capacity: 499.76 GB (499,763,888,128 bytes)
    Available: 85.3 GB (85,301,469,184 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /
  • wheelchairstuntpilot Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a slightly different problem - machine works fine except for Logic pro, which reports that the disk is too slow. Problem is clearly the Seagate Momentus ST9500420AS 500gb drive that I fitted, but it also seems that neither Apple or Seagate care enough to fix it
  • groovycatmedia Level 1 (5 points)
    Can anyone confirm for me if this is still an issue currently affecting the top end 15.4 2.8 MBP or the 17" MPB?

    I was going for a new mac (first in a LONG time!) and saw this long thread and wanted to avoid problems!
  • jazzslant Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Wheelchair. Your post is a very significant one for me. I was just about to upgrade my 2008 Macbook "white" 2.1GHz with this drive until I came across this clicking issue (first saw it here actually: which I think you should all read if you haven't already).

    Now, since I already use Logic Pro quite successfully with my stock HDD (A Fujitsu 120GB 5,400rpm) but am quickly running out of space, I had thought this new Seagate was the answer...until I read these (and specifically your) posts. Can you tell me if Logic Pro just refuses altogether or is it an occasional problem with the insufficient speed? If it doesn't work with Logic Pro then clicking or not, it's a total non-starter for me. Cheers.
  • Eshyn Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had my 7200 2.8 since September and I JUST experienced my first HD click+beep - I have no zero issues with the computer thus far.

    There was no slowdown in actual operation and I had just carried the computer over from the desk to the couch and sat down a bit abruptly so I think it may have had something to do with that.

    Here's hoping it doesn't start happening more often!