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MBP HD Replacement to a 300GB/10000RPM???


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My '07 MBP really needs more HD speed but I'm on a budget so no SSD or new MBP for me until way in the future. As of now, I have a 320GB/5400RPM which is barely 200GB full of my music projects and a WIN7 bootcamp partition. GB size isn't too important now but speed is for my DAW/music programs.

I can purchase a new WD Velociraptor HD 300GB/10000RPM (9.5mm) for $90. I've read about excessive vibration and heat with the 10000RPM HD's but haven't came across anyone who actually installed/used it in a notebook/laptop. I believe the $90 Velociraptor would be worth the chance to try it for speedy reading/writing to the HD. If it doesn't work, I have plenty of Mac backups and I can always use the HD in my PC tower.

Your thoughts on trying this? Thanks in advance!

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I'd give it a try since you can always yank it out and use it elsewhere. I've heard that it does get warmer than an average 7200 RPM drive plus it's a bit louder. (vibration and noise) Let us know how it went.
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what about battery life?
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what about battery life?
I've read that the highspeed might drain the battery. My MBP is always has the power cord connected when I'm making music. The only time I disconnect it is to calibrate the battery every other month.

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I've read that the highspeed might drain the battery. My MBP is always has the power cord connected when I'm making music. The only time I disconnect it is to calibrate the battery every other month.
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