2TB in a MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maskedscientist, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. maskedscientist macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Hey guys… I'm interested in buying a new 17" macbook pro, when they upgrade some of the specs in the coming weeks… But I couldn't wait to start the forum, to get the discussion rolling.

    The 17" MacBook pro supports a 12.5mm hard drive, which means it can hold a 1TB hard drive. But, can I use the MCE optibay to add a second 12.5mm drive? Does the optibay allow a 12.5mm drive? Can I get 2TB into a MacBook Pro?
  2. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece

    I don't know of any 9.5mm 750gb drive so I suppose the optibay is compatible with 12mm drives.

    Why don't you send them an email?
  3. gerabbi macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009

    Unibody MacBook Pro 13-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch, or Unibody MacBook 13-inch
    OptiBay Bare Enclosure with SATA Hard Drive Interface requires a 2.5" SATA hard drive 9.5mm or less in height.
    Portable USB 2.0 SuperDrive requires two available USB ports

    I copy/pasted this from the MCE web site. While I love the idea I don't think that 2 TB is possible yet. But you could do 1 TB and 640 GB that should work.
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
  5. sovereign macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2009

    Please elaborate.
  6. scottlinux macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
  7. jawa12083 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
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    The OP's question, is IF the 1TB harddrive will fit into the optibay.

    I've heard of a 2.5" 1TB SSD.... that came out before WD and it's 500GB harddrive, but it's not available for the general public. The Acer Lambourghini vx5 has it in it though... You could always that take apart....
  8. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    What are you trying to store that you would need with you at all times? Wouldnt an external drive make more sense?
  9. plaxico44 macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2010
  10. dreary macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    how come you don't get an external hard drive instead? :p seems more practical.
  11. bsblvnv macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    Las Vegas
    I remember when all I had was 500MB what the hell would I do with that today, i couldn't even install an OS!!! So 2 even 5TB will available in the somewhat near future.
  12. zipa macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    I remember asking the same question when I got my first computer with a hard drive. "How would I ever fill those 40 MB, that's insane!"

    I have since learned not to ask that question.
  13. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    2TB in this day and age though.. in a mobile machine.. I dunno, to me it just sounds excessive. If you really need that amount of space just carry external drives.
  14. dekka007 macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2009
    The whole point is so you do not need to carry all those external drives when you travel. I hate the clutter of USB drives.

    Go for the 2 internal 1TB in RAID0 for extra performance :)
  15. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I'd love to have 2TB in my 17" MBP.

    Right now I'm generating very detailed Conifer trees for a 3D project I'm working on. Many of which are upwards of 6-8 million polygons per tree. This generates .OBJ files of 600-800 MegaBytes. Turning these into .mi files (mentalImages archives) for proxy rendering in Maya doubles that. Then generating good quality Final Gather maps often also in the order of a couple of hundred MB's. Rendering out hundreds and hundreds of 16bpc 2K frames in a variety of passes, each 8-10MB per file, plus all the additional files (scene files, comp scripts, texture maps, shadow maps, etc) which can add up to many GigaBytes of accumulated data. Before you know if you've filled up the default 500GB drive.

    This is a MacBook *PRO* we are talking about. There are those of us who do use it in a professional environment as opposed to merely using it to browse, listen to iTunes and faffing around with handbrake.

    On Avatar at Weta Digital we generated a total of 1 PetaByte of data (one million GigaBytes), and that was with constant (daily) clean-up of files that weren't vital and could be re-generated.

    Having 2TB internal is far more preferable to carrying around additional external drives. That's the domain of back-up drives. I don't need the extra clutter. :)
  16. Steve Jobs. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
  17. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    lol... my first machine was my compaq 8086 luggable with 640k (didn't have the optional HD)[​IMG]

    after that I had 286 toshiba laptop with a whopping 21mb HD it ran ms-dos 6 quite well who could need more than that... it ran wordperfect, dos, fs4 (the beuaty of monochromatic flight), stunts, and various utility programs nd featured a 3.5" floppy drive as well:D

    those were the days.... </nostalgia>
  18. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
  19. gwsat macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2008
    Yep, me too. My first computer was one of those old Compaq luggables. I thought that I was rich and famous, though, and got the second generation 80286 machine with a, Wow!, 10Gb hard drive. After all, who could ever use more than 10Gb, right?

    I, too, had one of the first generation 286 Toshiba laptops. What a dog! I finally gave it to my housekeeper who gave it to her computer savvy grandson.

    Those, indeed, were the days, when the old LaSalle ran great. :)
  20. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    What 1TB 2.5" mobile drives exist in the market?

    Excluding SSDs, the max you can do I think is 750GB x 2.

    edit: This just in: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ..._re=1tb_2.5_hard_drive-_-22-136-545-_-Product , but one of them might not fit in the regular hard drive bay.
  21. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Dang. I thought I was gonna win with my 25mb HDD.
  22. oliverb macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I still fondly remember my first HD - 20MB external for my MacPlus... Captain Magneto, anyone?
  23. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Main bay: WD Scorpio Blue 1tb (12mm, fits in ANY UNIBODY mbp)

    Optibay: Toshiba 750gb drive (9.5mm)

    Total= around 1750gb

    BUT doing an SSD+HDD hybrid system sounds FAR better.

    Main bay: WD Scorpio Blue 1tb (12mm)

    Optibay: Intel x25-m 160gb (7mm or 9.5mm with plastic spacer), used as boot disk

    Total= around 1160gb, but blazing fast OS and apps
  24. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Why not just RAID-0 the two drives. It's fine. SSDs are fast but if you're accessing a lot of information off the hard drive, its going to be slow again.
  25. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Even 2 RAID-0 Velociraptors 10k suck compared to a good SSD.

    SSD for OS+Apps and HDD for storage is fine, even if you access libraries from the HDD you still have crazy fast programs, crazy fast startup, etc.

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