What is the best internal hard drive for a MacBook Pro?

rimanere March 23, 2011
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I am trying to upgrade my Mac’s hard drive. Can you suggest the best options to replace a MacBook Pro (2009) hard drive?

I came across with those two:
Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black)
Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black)

Which one is better? Any alternatives?
I will really appreciate your help!

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  1. markus
    May 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB - 600 MBps - 7200 rpm
    $150 at Amazon

  2. markus
    May 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Check out the 750GB Seagate XT Hybrid SSD drives. Fast and affordable at $175

  3. markus
    May 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm
  4. Bud6prop9
    March 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    None of them because they are the same. Nothing to compare.

  5. Xzotic7
    August 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    guys my macbook pro 17" hard drive went dead ? whats best size hard drive well for music ..........

    • Tina
      August 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Xzotic,

      the answer is: bigger!

      If you expect an answer from someone who owns a Mac (not me), I recommend to ask a new question.

  6. Peterwetzler
    May 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

     I saw a 10K rpm 640 gig 2.5" drive at newegg. I'd love to increase the speed of the stock 750gig drive that came with the 2011 macbook pro but I love the size. Can't afford a ssd drive big enough but I'm wondering how much better a 10K drive would operate than the hybrid 500GB Seagate Momentus XT 2.5" 7200RPM / Solid State Hybrid Drive. The 10K 640 drive is selling at newegg for $440 and the hybrid 500 is selling at owc for $124.  I strongly disagree with the earlier poster about not using 7200 drives.  I've used them on my last 3 macbook pros and there's a huge difference, especially for writing audio and video to disk.

  7. Rimanere1
    March 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you all for your help!

    • Tina
      March 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      What hard drive did you decide to go with Rimanera?

  8. Erik
    March 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I'm using the seagate momentus xt 500 gb hybrid drive good performance and large capacity for less $100.

  9. Rimanere1
    March 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I meant to say:
    Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black) 7200RPM
    Seagate Momentus 7200 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 2.5 Inch Internal NB Hard Drive ST9500420AS-Bare Drive
    Which one is better? Any alternatives? Are SSD really a much better option?
    I will really appreciate your help!

    • Mike
      March 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      OSX Daily did a nice side-by-side comparison of an 5400RPM Hard Disk and an SSD.
      http://osxdaily.com/2010/12/22/macbook-pro-ssd-vs-hdd/

      Personally I once installed an MacBook Pro 17? (17-inch, Mid 2010, 2.66 i7, 512GB SSD) and I can only confirm that the difference is major.

      As for the regular Hard Disks I insist on my first recommendation of not using a 7200RPM Hard Drive.

  10. Mike
    March 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    pretty much any 2.5? HDD will do the job

    for the 13? and 15? MacBook Pro the maximum height is 9.5mm
    for the 17? MacBook Pro the maximum height is 12mm

    Personally I don't recommend using a Hard Drive with more than 5400RPM. The performance gain is only minimal while the heat will be excessive.

    If you are looking for speed you should get a Solid State Drive, for example:
    Crucial RealSSD C300, Intel SSD 510

  11. Anonymous
    March 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Best will be 7200RPM

  12. Kukrapok
    March 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I'd say the Western Digital Scorpio 2.5-Inch 500 GB SATA Internal Hard Drive WD5000BEKT (Black).

    You're welcome =)

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