2tb hard drive in mid 2010 MPB?

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  1. Hardtimes macrumors regular

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    Have a macbook pro. Mid 2010.

    I'm all out of space and I want to stick in the biggest hard drive I can find.

    I think it has to be 12.5mm?
    I'd like to put in a 2tb one if thats possible?

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't think any internal drives are currently available on the market for the MBP with a capacity higher than 1TB.
     
  3. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Has to be 9.5mm and 1TB is the largest available, but after the recent surge in hard drive prices, I'd wait for a while if possible.
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i wouldnt rely on knowing if its a 12.5mm or 9.5mm on a "I Think" that should be what you find out first than search hard drives that are 2TB would be second.

    but as the other poster says ive only seen 1TB laptop internal drives
     
  5. warvanov, Nov 2, 2011
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    The MacBook Pro needs a hard drive 9.5mm or smaller, so any 12.5mm drive you see on the market WILL NOT FIT. EDIT: I stand corrected. 12.5 fit after all. Who knew!?!

    Also, as others have mentioned, 1tb is currently the largest laptop hard drive available on the market.

    If you absolutely need 2tb of space you could install one 1tb drive in the original spot and use something like this to add a second internal 1tb drive where the optical drive is now. The drawback is obviously no more internal CD/DVD drive, and _possibly_ voiding your warranty.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDAMBS0GB/
     
  6. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    In terms of the warranty, keep the optical drive if you go that route. This way, if you need warranty service, put the optical drive back in and they'll never know.
     
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    12.5mm drives fit
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    *lol*

    I use a WD 1 TB 12.5 mm drive in my Early-2011 and Mid-2009 MBPs.
     
  9. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    If that's the case then I stand corrected, but everything I've read indicates only 9.5mm drives fit. I'm not an expert though so I yield to your experience.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    That was true prior to the unibody design
     
  11. Ant.honey macrumors regular

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    9.5 is only for optical bay I believe.
     
  12. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    funny every time i see this discussed its never a concrete answer doesnt matter how much i google its some say 12.5 works some say has to be 9.5
     
  13. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Here is your concrete answer.

    Unibody- 12.5mm for regular drive bay, 9.5mm for optibay
    Older model 9.5mm for both.
     
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    Open it up and see what's already there and how much space there is.
     
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    ahh thanks that must be the confusion when people refer to the optibay drive needing to be 9.5
     
  16. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    That is because so many people post without any clue to the matter instead of waiting for somebody else who might actually know the answer. In the end it is for the op usually not so easy to know who actually knows what he is talking about.
     
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    The 9.5mm will be faster, since it's 2 platters rather than 3, and that means it has a higher data density, giving faster performance.
     
  19. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000

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    as mentioned 1tb is the limit as an internal

    If you have the 17" MBP you could try an e-sata express card 34 as i did,
    coupled with a 2TB WD caviar black - works well for me as my back-up drive for media/movies/old work files/ windowze 7/ time machine

    i also have separate WD-go-flex 1tb (esata) for my media (copy) which i plug to my hub as a network for all my media
     
  20. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    FUD..12.5 fit just fine in the HDD bay..

    People please think for yourself
     
  21. Hardtimes thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you very much for the replies!

    So how about a recommendation? on brand/model etc?
    Thanks!
     
  22. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    For platter drives I like Samsung
    For SSD's I like OCZ
     
  23. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    OCZ is if you want crashes, beach balls, etc.

    SSD: Samsung 470 or 830
    HDD: Samsung 1TB or Western Digital 1TB
     
  24. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    Put dual samsung spintpoints in, one in hard drive and one in optical bay, and there you have your 2 tb.
     
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