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stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello guys, I need your opinion .... I got a macbook pro 13" and want to know if it is compatible with the following hard drives:

- western digital scorpio blue with 500 GB
- western digital scorpio black with 500 GB

Seagate momentus 7200.4 is also true that many problems with the macbook pro??
Sorry if I do so many questions but I have to upgrade my macbook and I would not make a wrong purchase.

Bye bye

Macbook Pro 13" mid 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    I think any of those drives would work, but you probably would want to avoid buying one with a built in motion sensor, as it could conflict with Apple's built in Sudden Motion Sensor. With the WD Scorpio Black, It's called a "free fall sensor". With Seagate drives, it's called "G-Force Technology". Study the manufacturer's web site for more detailed specifications, and post back with model numbers once you have your choices narrowed down.

    Good luck!
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The model number are : WD5000BEKT and WD5000BPVT.How are these hard disk??
    While the model number of the Seagate ST9500420AS.It 'true that this drive creates many problems for macbook???
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    Between the two WD models WD5000BEKT is a definitive winner since it has 16mb cache vs 8 and 7200 rpm vs 5400 and amazingly 1.80 watts max power consumption vs 2.50 . So there is not even a second doubt between those two .and between WD5000BEKT and the seagate although they are almost identical by tech specs I would still go for the WD because segate's current is rated at 1A max and seagate at only 0.3A . Which means it does the same job using much less current therefore giving longer battery time for you and having less environmental impact .. So there is a clear winner for me and that is WD5000BEKT .. As for the issues with sudden motion sensor I wouldn't worry too much .. it's a feature to aid a hard disk with no suck sensor onboard in case of a sudden drop.If tho you buy a hard disk with one you can ( and should ) easily disable the apple sudden motion sensor and live a happy life with the on board sensor of the drive since it will definitely be faster to react then an external one and will be better suiting since it already came built in the drive.I don't think me posting how to would be appreciated on these forums but a simple google search on how to disable the sudden motion sensor will get you there in no time .
  • Tobaruses Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Funny I asked an almost identical question regarding the same drives earlier.

    To me, the Momentus XT hybrid would be the clear winner performance wise (I did choose/order it in the end - I'll let you know the results if interested). It has 32mb cache instead of WD's 16mb max, in addition to 4gb of SSD memory, which would have endless application in terms of buffering/performance enhancements.

    Anyways, my main concern with the drive was the power consumption (for any drive at that). Not so much in terms of battery life (I almost always have the laptop plugged in, power outlets are everywhere), but in terms of the capacity of the power supply in the laptop itself. I have yet to find out what type of power supply/capacity is in the laptop in terms of wattage. Can anyone direct me? In the end I took a leap of faith because other users have used this HDD with MBPs with no power problems... apparently.

    My 2 cents...
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    I don't think any 2.5" drive that fits in your MBP can draw too much power.first off they all follow certain criteria when they are producing those units secondly the race is towards producing less power hungry equipment .I can say it will be no problem at all ..

    If the XT was included in the previous post I would also definitely opt for that . With the ssd buffer story that drive is destined to be a monster ..nice buy . .
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I thought the XT but my budget does not allow me, I also saw that consumes a bit more energy than the other then choose a classic 7200. So I suggested the wd5000bekt ...!!! Thank you very much.
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    yes that one is a true hero .. incredible power consumption with solid performance .. should be perfect .
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello guys
    my friend advised me the seagate and I did also read the reviews. These reviews show excellent results on the performance of ST9500420AS in comparison with the Scorpio Black. Now I ask you, to your knowledge and experience, what's the best?
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    Seagate draws 3 times more power than the scorpio black and there are a few reports in the forums that indicate this might cause a problem ..Also by looking at their specs I doubt it has superior performance over the WD ..

    here are both the specs :
    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=70f4bfafecadd110VgnVCM100000f5ee 0a0aRCRD#tTabContentSpecifications

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=854
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh I understand, but what is the latency? Because the characteristics of the two hard drives ... won the seagate.
    One last question: I read in a forum that some users-mac to solve the problems with the seagate hard drive make a jumper to make it 3.0 Gb / s to 1.5 Gb / s. What I wonder ... but it is a contradiction set to 1.5 and then add a hard drive to 7200? And what if I put a funnel in the connection between hard disk and PC. Or wrong?
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    the speed downgrade of the interface will not matter much because the drive is not fast enough to be limited by even the 1.5Gb/s so if that help compatibility then why not .the funnel I didn't exactly get
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ah thanks I understand the explanation. Then set to 1.5 no problem?! I did not. I did not.
    Now I will see a few reviews and decide, still have a preference for wd.

    Thanks you very much.Bye bye!!!
  • Murat Lahur Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
    I 'm glad if this helped a bit .. take care
  • stewie84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    One last question: what do you think of the Hitachi travelstar 7k500 (mod.number HTS725050A9A364)??I read a review in which he spoke very well.
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