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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook Pro - Installed Hitachi HDD 320gb 7200rpm.


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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?
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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.

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Sweet! What da ya know. That's one heck of a quick boot now! Thanks.
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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.
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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?

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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
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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

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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.

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hmm thats really weird!!!!!!!! alright i will go check with the vendor. thanks!!!
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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.
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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.

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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
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