4TB HDD in MBP late 2011?

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  1. tomf macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I've switched out my optical drive in my late 2011 mbp and had a 1tb hdd in there (with a SSD in the main drive bay).

    However, i'd like to replace the 1TB hdd drive in the optical now with a 2,3 or 4TB HDD.

    Is this possible?

    Thanks for any help and advice :)
     
  2. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816

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    What may be an issue if its too thick to fit inside the Macbook case. Some large capacity drives are sometimes a couple or more MM thicker due to an extra platter for the additional storage. Most 2.5" drives are 9.5 mm thick which will fit. The 4TB Segate drives are 15mm in height which is a BIG difference. That may not fit inside your Macbook Pro.
     
  3. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah ok. So I'm looking for a 2.5" drive for the optical bay?
     
  4. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816

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    You want a 2.5" drive that is no more than 9.5mm thick/high. If you go to newegg.com and look at the specs for each of the 2.5" drives it should tell you how high the drive is or how thick it is. You will be safe with anything 9.5mm.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The high-capacity hard drives will be too tall to fit inside your MBPro.
    It makes no difference which bay you wish to use - it won't fit.
     
  6. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    I think there are 4tb ssd drives. But very pricy.
     
  7. Rafterman macrumors 68000

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    The largest 9.5mm that I know of are 2TB. So, you could do 4TB. in a 2/2 config. If you really want to get sick, you could get a pair of Samsung 2TB 850 Pro SSD drives - $1000 each :)
     
  8. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to leave the SSD thats in the main drive bay, thats ok for now.

    It looks like a 2TB HDD is my max then. I don't want to risk a larger size than 9.5mm thick incase i struggle to get the lid on.
     

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