Q about Macbook HardDrive Replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kalns, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Kalns macrumors regular

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    First, does replacing the harddrive invalidate the applecare warranty and second where's the best place to get a 160GB HD? Thanks.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    No, the hard drive is a user-replaceable part on the MacBook.

    I trust OWC for a lot of my Mac-related purchases. Newegg also probably has good prices on the drives.

    Just be sure you get the SATA version of the drive, not the IDE/ATA version.
     
  3. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity, why is the Hard Drive user replaceable but not the memory?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    ?? Memory is user replaceable...
     
  5. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular

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    One more thing....hitatchi, seagate or toshiba on the HD?
     
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Seagate's are great drives, most of them with 5-year warranties...best in the industry. People seem to be having great performance from the Hitachi as well, and it's usually bit cheaper than the Seagate (though they're closer in price than they were a few months ago). Don't know much about the Toshiba.
     
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    are HDD sold by apple (aka if i CTO) overpriced? that is, for the amount of money i have to add on top, can i get the same spec of HDD for much less?
     
  9. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    Can you replace your HardDrive in a MacBook Pro?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Not as easily and it might void your warranty.
     
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yes, they're overpriced. Apple charges $300 to upgrade from the 60 GB drive to the 160 GB drive. You can buy your own 160 GB drive for about $200 (or even a little less) and still have the 60 GB drive to pop into an enclosure or sell.
     
  12. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    yes, but you aren't suppose to.. it might invaildate your applecare if you aren't careful
     
  13. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    Okay then. I don't want to void anything with Apple, but what about an external HardDrive? Where would that hook up and are they easy to carry around? I really don't know much about the subject.
     
  14. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    USB2 or FireWire. FireWire would normally be slightly faster. You can get small ones that are based around laptop drives that are powered by the bus they are plugged into. These are easy to carry but only come in fairly low capacities due to the smaller capacity of laptop drives. Or you can get ones built around desktop drives. These are faster, have much higher capacities but require external power...
     
  15. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    Okay, well I think I would be looking for something that was completely portable. So the USB2 and FireWire ones can run off of the portable power?
     
  16. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    memory and hd swapping should never violate any warranty in my thought anyway..well unless they are impossible to get too, without taking the whole damn thing apart
     
  17. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Well, swapping the hard drive in the MacBook Pro requires you to remove the top case. Apple's not going to be thrilled anytime people go poking around in the internals and unhooking ribbon cables...it's really to mess things up if you don't know what you're doing.
     
  18. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    true...i was talking i guess more from the stand point of us who know what we are doing...but i get your point
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Right...the experienced computer users aren't the ones they're worried about. Maybe they should administer an exam prior to purchase to determine what level of service you're allowed to administer to your own computer.
     
  20. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    wouldnt be a bad idea really, but somone would challange it and claim its unfair or something stupid like that
     
  21. TaylorB macrumors regular

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    So this wouldn't be a bad idea if I took it to a computer place and asked them to do put a certain something in? It sounds like as long as you know what is going on then it would be okay, so I guess what I'm asking is, is it okay if you take it to a professional to do it? I'm assuming Apple won't upgrade it for me either?
     

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