750gb/1tb WD Drive in Early 2008 macbook pro

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  1. ethan028 macrumors 6502a

    ethan028

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    Hi, im thinking about ordering a 750gb or 1tb drive from WD. Now i know that the drive is 12.5mm and supposedly the macbook pro 4,1 can hold a 9.5mm drive only but if i were to put that one in would all it would do just rise my plate above the harddrive space just a little? If it would i would purchase one because i REALLY need the memory.

    Thanks

    -Ethan
     
  2. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    12.5mm won't fit. Get the WD Scorpio Blue 640GB.
     
  3. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

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    Not entirely true. 12.5mm drives will fit in the 17" non-unibody MBPs, but not in the 15"ers.
     
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  5. ethan028 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    but i thought that there was only a height difference.....so would it be able to fit but just push the metal up a bit higher?
     
  6. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

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    In theory, Yes. The only potential problem, is that the HD sits underneath one of your palm-wrests & hard drives generally don't take well to having external pressure put on them.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Also no airflow is not that good.

    See this self-made comparison of the third grade kind.

    [​IMG]

    And a look at this guide:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/...Inch-Model-A1150-Hard-Drive-Replacement/486/1


    You could get an external FW800 enclosure for 2.5" drives and put a 1TB 2.5" drive in there if you really need that much storage on the road.
    The enclosure, and thus the drive, is bus-powered, thus no extra AC adapter necessary.
     
  8. ethan028 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So then, i should not get it because of airflow..? I'm sorry i am just completely confused on this one because on the internet people are saying it works fine and people are saying it does not..

    EDIT: Oh okay i see.
     
  9. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    A 3mm difference might seem really small, but in terms of percentages 12.5mm is 31.5% bigger.

    If you need that much space, get the WD Scorpio Blue 640GB. It is 9.5mm high, with only two 320GB platters. I read somewhere that because there are fewer platters, the data is more densely packed and seek times are shorter.
     

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