A gruesome murder-suicide: Hard drive ate my data and choked on it. Need help choosi

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jemlunchbox, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. jemlunchbox macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    It seems as if the hard drive from my June 2006 Macbook model has died, and I'm dumb and didn't have much of my stuff backed up on there. I can't afford to take my computer into the specialists, so I'm planning on being bold and replacing the hard drive myself. I hope this is as easy as people make it seem on the internet? Eeek. I'm going to order a replacement hard drive online and I was wondering if this will work in my 2006 Macbook version:


    Any other affordable hard drives I should consider?

    Also, I'd like to see if I can retrieve any of my old files off of my crashed hard drive. I heard that I can buy a case or something that I can put it in and hook it up to a computer by usb. Can anyone tell me about that or recommend a purchase? Also, any other ideas for retrieving the files?

    Thanks so much for your help! I'm just a poor gal who wants to fix her computer but has no clue what she should be doing or buying. I appreciate any advice you have for me!
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I would definitely look at a brand other then western digital unless you want to be ordering yet another harddrive.

    Seagate or Hitatchi or Samsung. Those are the three to stick with at the moment.
  3. umiwangu macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    If you don't mind my asking, why not WD? I purchased this exact drive back in June and I'm wondering if I should get rid of it...
  4. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    Stay away from Seagate. I've had multiple SG HDDs fail.

    Go for Western Digital or Hitachi :)
  5. quantum003 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2009
    This is a simple install. Have faith in yourself!

    Remove battery. Loosen the three screws on the RAM shield, they don't come out so when they're loose just pull the ram shield free. (Make sure you use a tiny phillips head screwdriver so you don't strip the screws... a jeweler's "tweaker" screwdriver set for $5 is a very worthwhile purchase). Pull the tab you see sticking out to the left of the RAM slots, that's your hard drive. Gently.

    Grab an allen wrench, or preferably a T8 jeweler's screw driver to remove the caddy screws. Take all four off, transfer the hard drive sled to your new hard drive, and screw in the 4 T8 screws. Turn the new hard drive face down so that the tab is on top and facing out of the hard drive slot, and push it in slowly, until you feel the SATA connections on the hard drive and in the hard drive slot connect.

    Close up the RAM shield. Install Mac OS X. Have a few beers and congratulate yourself for kicking that hard drive problem in the butt. And then configure Time Machine so you don't lose all your data again. :p
  6. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Everyone has a horror story for a hard drive brand. I have had Western Digitals fail on me, a Seagate fail, and I currently have a Hitachi that won't seem to stay mounted on either Mac or Windows. It's never really a sure thing with any brand, so you just gotta jump in and hope for the best.

    For the record, I currently have multiple Western Digital MyBooks and haven't had any problems with them, so WD is my current manufacturer of choice. :cool:
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    I agree, just buy whatever is cheapest

    The one you linked to is fine.

    If you want a touch more speed you could look at the WD Black series as well.

    You should think about backup... =)
  8. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    Horror stories can usually be prevent with ......... backups!

    So buy an internal and an external drive. Unless your data is worthless, but I can't imagine that. Drives are cheap.
    Also you can buy a usb to PATA/SATA for about $25 to attempt to retrieve data.
  9. jemlunchbox thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    Thanks for all your help everyone! I really appreciate it. I ended up ordering the hard drive that I linked to since I was afraid of what a faster speed might do to the battery. Also ordered this since it was only $2.50 once I added it to my cart! I thought it couldn't hurt to try to get my files off the old hard drive with it. I can't wait to use my own computer again!
  10. umiwangu macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Best of luck. I know you'll enjoy the extra space, I definitely did.

    You got that enclosure for $2.50? Nice grab, it's now back up to $10.50.

  11. jemlunchbox thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    Actually, it did say the $10.50 price on the page when I was there, but once I added it to my cart it provided me with a new bundled price for both things! Yay! $61 for everything. My bank account is happy.
  12. thefaceless macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2009
    England, UK
    Exactly - I'd buy another WD without a doubt because I haven't had a single problem with their drives, whereas I have with Seagate, while obviously there are others in the opposite situation.

    Same rule applies everywhere, just back up your important data regardless. OP's drive is sitting in my PS3 at the moment working wonderfully.
  13. jemlunchbox thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    Thanks for all of your help! I replaced the hard drive myself and feel very accomplished and happy to have 300 gb free.
  14. umiwangu macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Great job! I'm glad to hear it went well.

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