Upgrading MPB Hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by erkanasu, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

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    Is this possible and will it void my warranty? Also, could I copy my current hd over exactly to the new one? Where does one buy a HD for a mbp?
     
  2. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    It will void your warranty.

    Yes, you can (i think).

    One source is newegg.com
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can see how to upgrade the hard drive here. If you want to copy your current drive's contents over to the new drive, you'll need something to mount the current drive in such as another Mac laptop or an external case, preferably Firewire. :)

    This is assuming you don't mind voiding the warranty though. :eek:
     
  4. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    Is it going to similarly void applecare if you have any? On a slightly side note, what does applecare permit you to install yourself, or do you have to have all your upgrade (including memory) done in apple?
     
  5. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wait im confused, If apple upgrades it for me, it wont void my warranty...? anyone know how much it is for htem to do it?
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Memory you ARE permitted to upgrade yourself. It's quick and easy. I did it last night, though I did have to go and buy a P0 Phillips Screwdriver.

    Shame though they don't offer the same way to upgrade it in the Macbook Pro as they offer it in the Macbook.
     
  7. Natsus macrumors member

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    from apple's warranty page

    This warranty does not apply: (a) to damage caused by use with non-Apple products; (b) to damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, flood, fire, earthquake or other external causes; (c) to damage caused by operating the product outside the permitted or intended uses described by Apple; (d) to damage caused by service (including upgrades and expansions) performed by anyone who is not a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider; (e) to a product or part that has been modified to significantly alter functionality or capability without the written permission of Apple; (f) to consumable parts, such as batteries, unless damage has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship; or (g) if any Apple serial number has been removed or defaced.

    It does not say anywhere that your warranty is void if you open your notebook or if you replace parts yourself. If they can prove that you damaged your notebook because of it, then your warranty is void. They also won't cover your non apple part. So if your non-apple HDD dies, they won't cover that as well.

    For example, if you replace your HDD, and your optical drive fails down the road, your notebook is still covered via the warranty.

    On the safe side, I wouldn't mention to them you've had replaced anything, but based on their own Warranty policy, it shouldn't matter anyway and it's not morally wrong.
     
  8. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Or re install the old one no?

    Do they have a nice 160 hard drive that fits nicely in there yet? or 200?
     
  9. Natsus macrumors member

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    well yes, but the point is, there's nothing wrong with opening a notebook. I don't know why so many people think it's taboo... It may have been that way in the past (I don't know) but definitely not now.

    I checked a few retailers, and the highest capacity drive I've seen for a notebook is 120 GB so far. =(
     
  10. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah. I think its just more we are all paranoid.. I mean this will be my College Laptop... and for it to fry or something and them to tell me oh its your fault your up S*** creek 3000 for your MBP sucks to be you... I don't know what i'd do...

    Plus most of us are used to car dealers and other warranty companies that give you great warranties, but look for ways to screw you out of them paying for their problems...
     
  11. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Then you're just not looking in the right place. ;)

    From Macsales

    http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Upg...I=#TimeFormat(Now(),+&shoupgrds=Show+Upgrades
     
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  14. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Yeah that was expensive... I was hoping for a 7200 rpm 120 or 160...
     
  15. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    The largest 7200rpm drive currently is 100GB.

    The above poster is correct in saying that performing this upgrade will only void your warranty if you damage something in the process. Obviously, Apple will not warranty the new hard drive but it should have a 1 to 3 year warranty anyway so if it breaks, take it out and send it in to the manufacturer.
     
  16. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    The edges of your MBP will warp slightly. You've been warned.
     
  17. NATO macrumors 68000

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    Could you elaborate on that? I'm quite curious to know how that would happen... sounds pretty bad, I'm planning to upgrade the HDD in a MBP
     
  18. e-clipse macrumors 6502

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    hmm...
     
  19. Ozamandiz macrumors newbie

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    Already Upgraded HD

    I followed the instructional video at macsales.com and changed the 100 GB 5400 RPM drive with a 7200 RPM 80 GB drive. Everything went well and the performance has improved.

    I did the upgrade to improve performance not to increase storage. If you are careful and work slowly it is not really that hard. Two tips: first, watch the video a couple of time before starting the process, and second, use precision tools. I used a Wiha #00 Phillips screwdriver and Wiha #6 Torx. The video recommends using a #0 Phillips but the Apple guide recommends a Phillips #00 so that is what I used.

    The Phillips screws are very small and most have been coated with Loctite #242 (the medium strength removable formula). I did apply a touch of Loctite with a toothpick to the screws when reassembling the MBP.

    Good luck if you decide to upgrade!
     
  20. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow thanks for the input.... i think ill be uprading in the near future
     
  21. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Well, when you take the top case off, it's attached with plastic clips. They are really, really tight for a perfect fit, but when you take it off, it's never quite the same, because the metal will change shape slightly. It's basically not meant to be opened, ever.

    That said, it's not all that bad, unless you're like me. There might be a 1mm gap in some places.
     
  22. bursty macrumors 6502a

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    Here
     
  23. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Old ATA drive, not going to do any good in a MacBook/Pro ;)
     
  24. bursty macrumors 6502a

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    Whoops, good call. :eek:
     
  25. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Thats a little sad...
     

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