View Full Version : Replacing my Macbook Pro Internal HD - help?

22nd February 2010, 10:42 AM
Hi All,

any one able to comment on whether this will or wont work in my late 2008 unibody 15" MBP?

Hitachi 500GB 7200rpm 2.5" Mobile Serial ATA HDD w. 16MB Cache (0A72335) | Techbuy Australia (http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/132306/HDD_MOBILE_SATA/Hitachi/0A72335.asp)

Or is there another supplier i should be looking for with a better price/reliability?

Thanks all.

22nd February 2010, 10:56 AM
you should be fine with the Hitachi Travelstar - the usual suspects are Hitachi, Seagate & WD and they're all pretty similar in specs etc.

I have had a Hitachi before as a replacement supplied by Apple, though my current HDD is a WD (Scorpio Black), but that's only because it was the only one available when I was looking.

22nd February 2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks YinYang,

Are you able to comment on whether i am likely to notice and performance increase on disk read intensive applications (Like Lightroom) with the 7200rpm?

22nd February 2010, 11:21 AM
you may want to have a look at this comparison if you're looking for specific improvements...

Seagate Momentus 7200.4 vs other notebook drives (http://www.barefeats.com/note05.html)

though I'm not sure if there's that much increase in performance if you're talking about LR (or Aperture which is what I use). Maybe for the larger PS files, but then I'd be guessing for anything more than say 50Mb, or if you were using big video files.

I did run some benchmarks when I replaced mine, but that was just from a 200Gb 7200RPm to a 320Gb 7200RPM drive...


obviously if you want really fast times then you should look at SSDs, but I don't think LR warrants that (imho)

22nd February 2010, 11:50 AM
Would love an SSD but $150 - $200 for 500GB Spinning Disk vs $1000+ for half that in an SSD... i think ive made up my mind.

Im very quickly running out of space on my 320GB with all my RAW files so the extra 180GB will go a long way but i thought i might see if going for 7200rpm would also speed up the time it take to browse my library (about 100k photo's).

Thanks again for your help mate.

22nd February 2010, 11:58 AM
these days i don't even have my RAW files on the laptop - everything goes to an external HDD unless I'm away from home, and then I'll use the MBP's internal storage. Then when I get home I move all those RAWs to the external and tell Aperture to reference those instead - I think LR can do somethng similar, though it's been a long time since I've opened up LR, and it will only be v1.5 anyway.

22nd February 2010, 12:22 PM
It can, does a very good job with them too.

I have a number of my library's already referenced on external drives but they are all older photo's. I keep my most recent shots on the laptop hard drive so i dont have to worry about being connected when i work on them (Mostly from the couch :-)

22nd February 2010, 08:08 PM
Got an Intel X25-M 80GB in Hong Kong last week. I dont have quickbench but here is the xbench results
MBP 2.26 with 4GB RAM.

Results 254.70
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.6.2 (10C540)
Physical RAM 4096 MB
Model MacBookPro5,5
Disk Test 254.70
Sequential 164.62
Uncached Write 135.09 82.94 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 133.96 75.79 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 143.24 41.92 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 408.30 205.21 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 562.46
Uncached Write 696.24 73.71 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 251.48 80.51 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 1484.77 10.52 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 975.28 180.97 MB/sec [256K blocks]

I was going to put this baby in my PC but found it to be too much trouble. So I just installed it into the 2009 MBP 13". I must say the original 5400rpm it came with wasn't such a slow drive but this SSD screams when booting up and installing. OSX runs pretty smoothly even on a relatively slow 5400rpm drive.