2009 Macbook Pro DEAD hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GbkBrant, May 6, 2013.

  1. GbkBrant macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    The hard drive in my 2009 macbook pro died today.
    I am looking to order a replacement asap but have no idea what is good or what to buy.
    Could someone point me to a few options that will work with my computer.
    Looking to spend around 100$.

    I am a student and need this fixed yesterday, any help is appreciated greatly.
  2. johnnnw, May 6, 2013
    Last edited: May 6, 2013

    johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    What you need to look for is a hard drive that is 2.5" and the actual height is 9.5mm or 7.5mm Anything larger will not work.

    What storage are you looking for? If you don't need like a TB (1000GB) then you could easily find one under $100. The prices are always going down.

    Theres a 500GB for 59.99 free shipping.


    Or a 750GB, $79.99


    If you actually want to spend $100 and need a lot of storage, $89.99 free shipping 1TB:

  3. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
  4. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    You just linked a 3.5" drive. OP don't order that, it's made for desktops.
  5. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
  6. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
  7. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Nothing to add except to say don't bog down too much on the "brand" name. I'm convinced they all come from the same place using the same parts.

    Focus on the warranty instead.

    You could actually run to wal-mart, get a cheap external and work off of that. When your new one arrives just clone it to the internal. Then, use if for your backup after that.

    Not the ideal solution but you said you needed it yesterday.
  8. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    If you have a Frys or Microcenter nearby, they usually carry a decent selection of HDDs. BestBuy might not have a good selection, they mostly sell externals.

    Small local computer stores could also work.

    One thing that can be annoying in HDDs is noise. 7200 rpm drives tend to be louder than 5400 rpm ones. Check reviews if this is something that could bother you.
  9. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Post something on Craigslist asking for a used hard drive cheap. If you were local to me I would give you one of my old 160 drives. Should be able to find something for $20 to 50 for someone that upgraded.
  10. GbkBrant thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    Thanks everyone, I found that ordering online will take too long so I'll be going to best buy as soon as they open.

    Will my 2009 mbp support more than a 500gb hard drive? I've been told that it will not.
  11. GbkBrant thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    2009 Macbook Pro DEAD hard drive - NEW

    I would like to revive this thread because it turns out my hard drive is not bad after all.

    I replaced the hard drive in the machine, but when booted from a recovery drive supplied by IT at my school, the machine would not recognize the drive and the optical drive would not read any disk.

    This is after the drive was already formatted on another machine which had no problems recognizing the drive.

    I have booted my machine from the old drive and this is how i am using it right now. Also, the optical drive works when booted externally from the old drive.

    I am wondering what the problem could be. If I do not have to spend the money to get my machine diagnosed that would be great.


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