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MrFluffums
Jan 14, 2012, 06:56 PM
I want to upgrade my macbooks hard drive. What is the biggest size and speed (is 7200 rpm accepted? or do i have to stick with 5400?) for my macbook late 2007? Model 3,1?

Thanks!



simsaladimbamba
Jan 14, 2012, 07:43 PM
750 GB. And you can use 7200 RPM HDDs, but you need to stick to HDDs with a maximum height of 9.5 mm. Just browse Newegg for HDDs like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148599).

MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12025519&postcount=2)
How to format a new HDD/SSD to install Mac OS X or make a bootable copy onto (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12483448&postcount=22)

MrFluffums
Jan 14, 2012, 08:31 PM
Thanks! Can i ask where you got the info? Ive been looking everywhere!

Mikeske
Jan 14, 2012, 11:24 PM
I recently got a MacBook 3.1 from a friend that had a bad hard drive and I replaced the stock hard drive with a Seagate 500 GB hard drive running 7200 RPM. I was a little surprised at how silent the new drive was as after starting it to format it and load the OS X on it I could not tell that it had spun up, it was virtually silent.

The other problem is that it need new RAM and I went and got 4 GB of RAM from Staples (the only place that had any) Once I got everything together I put it in and everything is working great.

Oh BTW this is my first posting and I have a hobby called collecting old MAC's and rebuilding them as I enjoy the challenge.

malman89
Jan 15, 2012, 02:47 AM
I'd say go for the 7200rpm. I don't even think I noticed anything different from a performance standpoint, but it was the difference of a few dollars even a year ago when I upped my Late 2006 model from the stock 80 GB 5400rpm HD to a 500 GB 7200rpm drive.

Things got really sluggish as of late, so within the past month I went from the stock 1 GB RAM to 4 GB RAM (3.3 recognized in OSX). That seems to have helped a bit. Now I just hope my laptop can last for another year or more to make the investment worth it and before I can hopefully upgrade it.

mrsir2009
Jan 15, 2012, 03:47 AM
You can go for a 7200RPM if you want. I'm pretty sure you can get 1TB 9.5mm hard drives now, although I'm not certain.

MrFluffums
Jan 15, 2012, 08:54 AM
So i can get whatever size (GB) I want as long as its 9.5 mm high?

simsaladimbamba
Jan 15, 2012, 09:04 AM
So i can get whatever size (GB) I want as long as its 9.5 mm high?

Yes, as stated in the guide I linked to.

MrFluffums
Jan 15, 2012, 07:31 PM
So theres no problem if i use this?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291

simsaladimbamba
Jan 15, 2012, 10:23 PM
So theres no problem if i use this?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291

Yes.
Didn't know, 1 TB HDDs with 9.5 mm height are already around.

minifridge1138
Jan 16, 2012, 10:59 AM
The only downside to a 7,200 rpm drive is it will consume more power (and possibly make more noise) then a 5400 rpm drive.

I wouldn't think twice in a desktop, but it's something to think about in a laptop.

As long as the drive is SATA and physically fits, then it should work just fine in your MBP.

Good Luck!!!