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    Thinking of upgrading my HDD
    Only have a Hitachi 160gb 5400 drive at the moment. Thinking of upgrading to a 500gb 7200 drive. Any recommended brand or type for the macs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrblue View Post
    Only have a Hitachi 160gb 5400 drive at the moment. Thinking of upgrading to a 500gb 7200 drive. Any recommended brand or type for the macs?
    I would say it really doesn't matter. Just about any brand is fine (Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Toshiba, etc.). They're all pretty good...just shop for a good price. You could start with these guys:

    OWC

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    Won't a 7200rpm drive drain more power when not connected to the A/C?

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    I have a 17" MPB with the 500gb 7200rpm hard drive. I am probably on my laptop 10 hours a day on average with my screen brightness all the way up and I seem to have quite a long battery life.

    To be honest, I consider it to be such a minuscule difference on battery life. I would just opt for the 7200rpm to begin with and get a hard drive with a good cache size.
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    the momentus is 500gb 7200 rpm 16mb cache. best choice, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I would say it really doesn't matter. Just about any brand is fine (Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Toshiba, etc.). They're all pretty good...just shop for a good price. You could start with these guys:

    OWC

    HTH,

    - Nick
    Agree with Nick 110%.
    OWC or NewEgg. Both are fine retailers and have great warranties, etc.
    I have a 500GB 7200RPM Hitachi drive I bought from NewEgg several months ago and it is quiet, doesn't get super hot, and was easy to install. Plus I got a great price on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tander View Post
    Won't a 7200rpm drive drain more power when not connected to the A/C?
    Who knows as you have not shared your computer details with us? The answer is no it will not make a noticeable difference in a MacBook.

    As Nick advised go to OWC.
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    OWC is decent to deal with, their website is Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC

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