Hard drive swap MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbee, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. jbee macrumors member

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    Hi there

    I have just purchased a new black MacBook, i'm so far very impressed with the machine although notice it seems slow sometimes for no reason (I've just literally got it today and used Safari, MSN messenger, etc).

    Anyway, i've ordered my 2GB Ram, no problem.

    Now I want to fit the following Hard Drive:

    Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 100GB U100

    Firstly - will this work inside my MacBook with no problem?

    Secondly - will it invalidate the warranty?

    I am especially keen to hear from anyone who has installed a different hard drive - how easy is it in reality (i've looked at the video) and are there any potential problems. I noticed on www.dabs.com that they specify compatibility with 'PC' only?

    Your help / advice on this matter is greatly appreciated.

    Justin
     
  2. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    You may as well install the memory and hard drive at the same time since the hard drive is behind the same panel as the memory.

    Assuming you get the HTS721010G9SA00 model of the 7K100 it will work. That is, the SATA 100GB model of the 7K100 series.

    Replacing memory and replacing the hard drive will not invalidate your waranty. But any damage you cause will not be covered by the waranty.

    Installing a hard drive into a MacBook is easy. Installing memory is a little harder since you need to use a lot of force to install the replacement memory. Also, be sure to have something long and thin like a credit card handy to help squeeze the EM shielding cushions back into the memory slots when you replace the "L" plate. You will also need a jeweler's philips head screwdriver since the screws are quite small.

    This advice is based on my experience replacing the harddrive and memory in two black MacBooks that I picked up a month ago.
     
  3. jbee thread starter macrumors member

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    Don't you mean the HTS721010G9AT00 model? Please confirm. This is the link to the product below:

    http://www.it247.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.85/it.A/id.31510/.f
     
  4. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    The drive shown at the quoted link will not work in a MacBook because it has the wrong interface. The MacBook uses SATA for the hard drive and the drive shown at that link is an ATA drive.
     
  5. Stuart Hinde macrumors newbie

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  6. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has released freely available documentation on how to DIY a replacement hard drive. The beginning of these instructions state:

    "Follow the instructions in this document carefully. Failure to follow these instructions could damage your equipment and void its warranty"​

    This would imply that if you follow the instructions carefully then you will not void your waranty.
     
  7. Craigy macrumors 6502

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    I assume this is the correct one?http://www.allpcstuff.co.uk/?page=proddetail&prod=12400
     
  8. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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  9. wilburdl macrumors member

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    I might sound silly for asking this but why are people replacing the hard drive on a brand new model?
     
  10. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Because it can be cheaper to purchase a larger than stock hard drive seperately and upgrade the drive yourself than it is to have Apple upgrade the hard drive in a BTO machine.
     
  11. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    I actually JUST installed a new hard drive into my MacBook. I upgraded to a 100GB 7200RPM (the default was 60GB 5400RPM).

    I used SuperDuper to backup my entire drive to a USB 2 external drive, and now (after installing the new drive) am using it again to do the opposite.

    It was really easy to install the hard drive. I'd suggest reading through this article also:
    Swapping Hard Drives on the 13-Inch MacBook
     
  12. Craigy macrumors 6502

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    Which drive did you use?
     
  13. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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