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160 GB drive for Macbook?
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JazzCatDRP
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Apr 12, 2007, 11:40 PM
 
A friend of mine's hard drive just went out in her Macbook, so she's taking the opportunity to upgrade. She's looking for a 160 gig drive. Does anyone have any recommendations?
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 01:09 AM
 
I am waiting until Seagate releases 200GB+. It'll be soon, mark my words!
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Apr 13, 2007, 08:18 AM
 
I bought a 160 Seagate from macsales.com and popped it in. It works great and was no problem to install.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 09:00 AM
 
Seagate has a new 160gb 7200rpm 2.5" SATA drive out now. I didn't see it on Newegg but here in Sweden it is already available at the store I frequent so it should also be available in North America. It'll generate a little more heat than a 5400rpm drive but the speed gain is worth it IMHO.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 09:28 AM
 
Good lord...whatever you do, don't buy a Hitachi drive. They are notoriously unreliable and poorly made. Buy a Seagate (five-year warranty) or a Toshiba (three-year warranty). Go to zipzoomfly.com or newegg.com for good prices.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 09:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
Good lord...whatever you do, don't buy a Hitachi drive. They are notoriously unreliable and poorly made. Buy a Seagate (five-year warranty) or a Toshiba (three-year warranty). Go to zipzoomfly.com or newegg.com for good prices.
FWIW, I had four of our five Toshiba drives failing, two or three of them in the first 24 months. Never had one of the replacement drives to fail. I get it that Toshiba laptops have Toshiba drives in them, but Apple shoud not.

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Apr 13, 2007, 09:53 AM
 
160GB Seagate for $140

Originally Posted by SLiMeX View Post
I am waiting until Seagate releases 200GB+. It'll be soon, mark my words!
Dell is shipping notebooks with 250GB/5400RPM drives... I expect they'll hit the retail market soon.

edit: Oh, you said Seagate... I don't know what brand Dell is using.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 11:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
Good lord...whatever you do, don't buy a Hitachi drive. They are notoriously unreliable and poorly made. Buy a Seagate (five-year warranty) or a Toshiba (three-year warranty). Go to zipzoomfly.com or newegg.com for good prices.
My toshiba has a 100 gig hitachi and it has worked flawlessly. Not only that but I also owned a T22 thinkpad that was a decade old with a hitachi and it ran fine aswell. Remember the tommy boy quote about warrenties? "If you want me to crap in a box and warrenty it, I can..."
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 11:25 AM
 
I think Seagate and Hitachi are the two leaders in hard drive quality.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 11:40 AM
 
Seagate FTW. For no other reason than their industry leading warranty.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 11:58 AM
 
SEAGATE FTW, by far.
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Apr 13, 2007, 12:29 PM
 
Seagate, and, what I've been told is that 7200 100gbs are not real-world-faster than 160gb 5200s. Free space is pretty important to how fast drives are in the real world.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 01:53 PM
 
If the laptop's drive failed and you haven't somehow voided the warranty (MacBooks are all under a year old currently, so your friend's should be covered), Apple owes you a new drive. I'd take advantage of that.

You can still get a 160GB Seagate (or wait a few months for the 200 and 250GB models to appear), but the Apple-replacement can at least serve as portable partial backup, for the next time a drive goes.
     
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Apr 13, 2007, 04:35 PM
 
I've had decent luck with Hitachi Deathstars (at least on the desktop). I just upgraded my HDD in my macbook with the Seagate 160GB, I think it's an awesome addition.....battery life seems to have improved a bit somehow as well (perhaps the Gate is a little more efficient?).
     
   
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