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hey everybody,
I have the new macbook pro (mid2009) 2.26 configuration with a 4gb ram upgrade.. and was thinking also about upgrading my hard drive to 500gb one..
I searched for quite some time and ended up with these 2 choices:
1.Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 2.5IN Sata 7200RPM 16MB
2.Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5 SATA 5400RPM 8MB
the Segate is 15$ more, but that doesn't matter if it is the better one.
I know its really obvious that I should pick the seagate, but I heard that the WD doesn't do problems as much and it gets higher reviews. plus with the higher RPM, I would loose battery power and it would run hotter, right?
am so confused.
help would be much appreciated.
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Mac Specs: 13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz; 4GB RAM; GeForce 9400M

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You're right, the higher RPM, the more power it needs to run, thus you'll loose battery power. You won't be losing hours though, unless you doing something that constantly read/writes on the drive (video editing).

I'm not sure if a particular hard drive company is better in general. Both have failure rates. Personally, I've always gone with Seagate (usually cheaper in store) and haven't had any problems yet. It's a preference at this point.

I say go with the one with better reviews / # of reviewers. That way you can feel confident you won't have to deal with customer service about a failed drive which is a pain when done through online purchases. Good luck!

13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz w/ 4GB RAM
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