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Which Internal Drive is Best?


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Have a Mid-2007 Macbook and the hard drive just died. Looks pretty easy to perform a DIY replacement, but what's not so easy is figuring out which to buy. Been reading a ton, and all I've decided is that I'm going with a 5400 because I don't do much video editing or graphics work.

I've read that the WD Blue Scorpio has parking issues so I'm leaning against that model, and leaning toward this one:

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM501II 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Any input or ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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I would stay away from anything Samsung or Toshiba when it comes to hard drives. Hitachi, WD, Seagate, are usually a better choice. As for spin rotation, nothing wrong with buying a 7200 RPM drive which will give some better access times and speed.

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I would say that Western Digital is a fantastic call. I run their drives in my Windows box, and have a pair of their external drives. Can't say that I have ever had a bad experience with their drives.
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Thanks for the replies. Appreciated.

Amazon gave me some nutty offers and for $59 I'm getting the Scorpio Blue 320G on Thursday. Would have gone bigger, but really, I was at less than half of capacity on a 160 after more than four years, so doubling it seemed sensible (and cheaper). Also read a ton of stories about vibration issues with the 7200s. That kind of put me off.

Plus never know when I'm going to need a new laptop, anyway. Like my new one to have SSD and Apple is going to work with me when I need it. Had a bunch of 'crackbook' problems with my current machine. It's been in five times for that and a related problem. As in when they replaced the case and two days later I tried to insert a DVD and it wouldn't go in. They'd re-seated the optical drive incorrectly . But that's a longer story I won't get into here.

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I've been really happy with Hitachi drives recently. Not sure if they still make it, but the Hitachi Travelstar 7k500 is what I was using up until I switched to an SSD and it's a great drive - quiet, fast and power efficient.

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