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    Which of these 500GB HDDs?
    I have a Macbook pro (2.2) w/ 320GB HDD already and I am still in dire need of more space. So I decided to upgrade (again) to one of these three 500GB HDDs, and was wondering if anybody has had any experience with any of them.

    -Seagate Momentus 500GB 5400 RPM
    -SAMSUNG Spinpoint 500GB 5400 RPM
    -Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 5400 RPM

    All can be found at newegg, Newegg.com - 500GB, Laptop Hard Drives, Hard Drives, Computer Hardware


    Right now I am leaning towards the Seagate, but that is just because I have a seagate right now.

    Thanks
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    Stick with either the Seagate or the Western Digital. I would personally go with the Seagate as well because Seagate drives tend to have longer warranties (five years as opposed to three by WD). Plus, the Seagate drive is cheaper.

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    I am trying to make the same decision. I'm leaning towards the Western Digital myself since it's the only 500GB 2.5" drive that uses 2 platters. The others use 3 platters to get to 500GB. All else being equal, the 2 platters of the WD should equate to higher performance, no?

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    I'd think it would depend on the number of w/r heads? Just a guess, I have no idea.
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    I actually decided on the Seagate, partially because of their 5 year warranty versus WD's 3 year; but also because of the reviews of the WD, it seemed as if a lot of them had "clicking" problems, and the Seagate drives that I have had been problem free for the years that I have owned them.
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    Post back how the install went and the performance of the harddrive, it will no doubt help me in deciding which harddrive I should upgrade too. However I don't think my Macbook will support a SATAII 3GB drive.

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    I would also go with the Seagate, not just of the longer warranty but also because it has lower power consumption compared to the other two, and is super quiet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGruber View Post
    Post back how the install went and the performance of the harddrive, it will no doubt help me in deciding which harddrive I should upgrade too. However I don't think my Macbook will support a SATAII 3GB drive.
    Yes, your Macbook will support it since the drives are backwards compatible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    Yes, your Macbook will support it since the drives are backwards compatible.
    Thank you, I did not know the drives where backwards compatible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGruber View Post
    Post back how the install went and the performance of the harddrive, it will no doubt help me in deciding which harddrive I should upgrade too. However I don't think my Macbook will support a SATAII 3GB drive.
    It should be in and installed by Saturday, newegg usually gets it to me extremely fast.
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    Yeah, that's why I love Newegg. Being in So Cal, I normally get it within a day or so.

    I'm still trying to figure out how I can get my current Mac config onto a new Harddrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGruber View Post

    I'm still trying to figure out how I can get my current Mac config onto a new Harddrive.
    Use an external hard drive case with firewire and migration assistant.
    Migration assistant in in applications/utilities.
    This will make a bootable copy on your new hard drive.
    Swap drives and use the external case for your old hard drive. (Time machine?)

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    If you have no Firewire, you can use Superduper! or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a copy of your original HDD using the new drive attached via an external USB HDD enclosure. Both applications are free to download and use, though a donation is asked of you want to use advanced features. The advanced features are not needed for what you wish to do.
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    You can use rsync which is free and already loaded.

    From the terminal window type man rsync to learn the command.

    Most utilities are simply rsync nicely packaged.

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    Just an update. I got the drive in today, but with school I can't do anything with it today - so it will have to wait until tomorrow when I get back.. but I can't wait!!
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