9.5mm or 12mm HD for 2009 Unibody MBP

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  1. Mr.Bullitt macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    I am scratching my head over physical size specifications when it comes to with 2.5" will fit in my harddrive bay on my July 2009 Uni MBP.

    Is there a specific brand and/or drive that it mostly recommended?

    it is 12mm or 9.5mm or both will fit?

    Some venders only list like 1/8" or 1/6" and that can be a bit confusing over here in metric country :)
     
  2. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    in the hard drive bay, you can use up to a 12.5mm drive in all the unibody macbook's. in the optibay, you can only use up to a 9mm drive.
     
  3. Mr.Bullitt thread starter macrumors regular

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    if I put a 9mm drive in the 12.5mm bay - will it need some "stuffing"????


    I have had my eyes on the WD Scorpio Black 750GB, but it seems to be only in 9.5mm.
     
  4. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    The mount points that are the same distance on both drive if you put it in the macbook uni so it will not need stuffing. now in a 09 mini its different as the drive top is near the super were in the macbooks pro and macbook it mounts the circuit board under the keyboard so its the same
     
  5. njaremka macrumors 6502

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    i meant to say 9.5mm in my post, not 9mm. sorry. the stock drives are 9.5mm
     
  6. Mr.Bullitt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know :-D - I just wanted to make sure that I could also use the 9.5 in my uni MBP...


    now the choice between SSD or high capacity HD must be done...
     
  7. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    SSD. Do it. Trust me, you will not regret it.
     
  8. Apok macrumors regular

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    Will the same size find in a mid-2010 13? I was thinking about putting the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB in mine.
     
  9. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the 2010 13" (7,1) can use a 12.5mm drive in the HDD bay. I'm positive it will work in the mid-2010, and 99.7% sure that all unibodies can use 12.5mm HDDs.


    WD makes both a 9.5mm and a 12.5mm 1TB Scorpio Blue, the 9.5mm will perform better as it's two 500GB platters vs. the 12.5mm that has three 333GB platters. As well as be lighter, the single downside to it is that it's more expensive.
     
  10. Mr.Bullitt thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Corsair 512GB drive seem to be the most attractive as a replacement... but not cheap for sure.... I will have think different with my stores, move my stuff to external Firewire800 for Lightroom and Photoshop......
     
  11. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you use all 500GB of your current HD, or could you get by with something in the 240/256GB range?
     
  12. Mr.Bullitt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess I could. Do you have any suggestions for specific SSD unit??
     
  13. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    I went with(and would recommend) a OCZ Vertex 3; despite the fact my computer "only" has SATA2 ports, I went with a SATA3 drive because I wanted a "next-gen" drive with the newest SandForce controller and all the updated tech of the new drives. Apparently, lots of people think this was stupid of me to do, but it was around the same price as a Vertex 2(Like $50 more or something small like that) and I'm happy I have a "top of the line" drive. Why buy a 2011 car when the 2012's are out?


    My Vertex 3 is really fast, tests in AJA 260MB/s read, 215MB/s write. It boots crazy fast, applications launch "on the first bounce"/under a second, apps install super fast...it's just all around FAST.
     

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