Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Jul 26, 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    196
    Specs:
    Mid 12 MBP 8gb ram, Crucial M4 SSD 512gb, Sandy Bridge i7
    Installed Hitachi HDD 320gb 7200rpm.
    Installed this in my new MBP 13" base model a couple of weeks ago. It's working fine. However, it does boot up differently from the stock drive. It takes about 57 seconds to boot, and first shows a gray screen and then the Apple logo shows up with the spinning circle. With the stock drive, the Apple logo came up first. By the way, I cloned the Hitachi from the stock drive using Super Duper.

    Just curious as to why the boot seems a tad slower, and the logo comes up later rather than sooner. Any thoughts?

  2. #2

    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,932
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    I've found that when changing drives, the PRAM needs a reset to restore the boot time.

    Do this by turning the machine off, turn it back on and immediately press and hold Command+Option+P+R and continue holding until you hear the system chime 3 times.

    That should do the trick.

    Good luck with that Hitachi drive, be sure to make regular backups.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jul 26, 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    196
    Specs:
    Mid 12 MBP 8gb ram, Crucial M4 SSD 512gb, Sandy Bridge i7
    Sweet! What da ya know. That's one heck of a quick boot now! Thanks.

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Jun 15, 2009
    Posts
    129
    Specs:
    Unibody Macbook Pro 13'' 2.26GHz 4GB RAM 320GB 7200RPM HDD
    i would like to know why under 'about this mac' my serial-ata appears as Rotational Rate: 5400. Mine is a hitachi 320GB 7200RPM HDD. but it appears as 5400.

  5. #5

    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,932
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    For whatever reason your drive is reporting its spindle speed as 5400rpm. What you're seeing is the information the drive is providing to the bus.

    What model is the drive?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Jun 15, 2009
    Posts
    129
    Specs:
    Unibody Macbook Pro 13'' 2.26GHz 4GB RAM 320GB 7200RPM HDD
    model? im not too sure. but on the packaging it says

    HDD: 5k320-320
    Model: HTS543232L9A300

    im pretty sure its a 7200rpm, judging by the boot speed and all, unless the drastic improvement is due solely to snow leopard. :S

    EDIT: added what it says on 'about this mac'

    Hitachi HTS543232L9A300:

    Capacity: 320.07 GB (320,072,933,376 bytes)
    Model: Hitachi HTS543232L9A300
    Revision: FB4OC40C
    Serial Number: 090808FB2400CEH7HWAA
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 5400
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified

  7. #7

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    49,067
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Your drive is a 5400 RPM model. See below:

    Storage Capacity 320GB
    Manufacturer Hitachi, Ltd
    Maximum External Data Transfer Rate 300MBps
    Form Factor Internal
    Manufacturer Part Number 0A56417-20PK
    Rotational Speed 5400 rpm
    Manufacturer Website Address hitachi.us
    Interfaces/Ports 1 x 7-pin Serial ATA/300 Serial ATA
    Compatible Drive Bay Width 2.5"
    Brand Name Hitachi
    Product Line Travelstar
    Buffer 8MB
    Product Series 5K320
    Product Model HTS543232L9A300
    Product Name Travelstar 5K320 HTS543232L9A300 Hard Drive
    Packaged Quantity 20
    Product Type Hard Drive

    Regards.

  8. #8

    cwa107's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Location
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Posts
    26,932
    Specs:
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Oops, bummer.

    Any chance you can exchange that drive for a different one? If so, might I suggest a Western Digital or a Seagate? Longer warranties, better performance, better reliability. Just my opinion, formulated after years of experience with hundreds of notebooks in my line of work.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  9. #9


    Member Since
    Jun 15, 2009
    Posts
    129
    Specs:
    Unibody Macbook Pro 13'' 2.26GHz 4GB RAM 320GB 7200RPM HDD
    hmm thats really weird!!!!!!!! alright i will go check with the vendor. thanks!!!

  10. #10

    deathcloud's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 25, 2009
    Location
    Jacksonville FL
    Posts
    232
    Specs:
    13'' Macbook Pro 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 500 GB 7200rpm HD
    Whew, that scared me! I checked and my rationale rate is 7200rpms just had to double check.

    To OP and cwa107, I had a similar problem as well. I just installed my drive from doing super duper and all and it ended up sitting on the blank screen for a long time and then go to the apple and spin then load. I was like WTF I put in a new fast drive! BUT, when I got snow leopard I did the upgrade and.... then all of a sudden it goes to booting really fast! So just letting you know from my own experience. But I am wondering if I could get an even faster boot time by doing ur little PRAM reset.... hmmmm but I don't wanna mess anything up.

  11. #11


    Member Since
    Jul 26, 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    196
    Specs:
    Mid 12 MBP 8gb ram, Crucial M4 SSD 512gb, Sandy Bridge i7
    Quote Originally Posted by deathcloud View Post
    Whew, that scared me! I checked and my rationale rate is 7200rpms just had to double check.

    To OP and cwa107, I had a similar problem as well. I just installed my drive from doing super duper and all and it ended up sitting on the blank screen for a long time and then go to the apple and spin then load. I was like WTF I put in a new fast drive! BUT, when I got snow leopard I did the upgrade and.... then all of a sudden it goes to booting really fast! So just letting you know from my own experience. But I am wondering if I could get an even faster boot time by doing ur little PRAM reset.... hmmmm but I don't wanna mess anything up.
    I haven't upgraded to SL yet, but resetting the PRAM gives me about a 10-15 second boot time. Works like a gem.

    p.s. I'm in Jax Beach. Small world.

  12. #12


    Member Since
    Jun 15, 2009
    Posts
    129
    Specs:
    Unibody Macbook Pro 13'' 2.26GHz 4GB RAM 320GB 7200RPM HDD
    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Oops, bummer.

    Any chance you can exchange that drive for a different one? If so, might I suggest a Western Digital or a Seagate? Longer warranties, better performance, better reliability. Just my opinion, formulated after years of experience with hundreds of notebooks in my line of work.
    just got a reply from the seller, he got a mix up. so im getting an exchange, to a western digital as you suggested. hopefully it all goes well now. only thing is i gotta re-shift everything back to the new drive. gotta reinstall everything

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Managed to buy a 7200rpm Hitachi IDE for my mini !
    By Dad2b in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-22-2009, 04:50 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •