Advice needed for A1181 MB drive replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jimmyabcz, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. jimmyabcz macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    The MB in question is the 1st Gen white MB (A1181, Intel Core Duo, 2Ghz). I'm fixing it up to sell and it has the original 60GB drive that I want to upgrade.

    I've done a bunch of searching prior to this post and it seems like any 9.5mm tall drive should work. Is this definitely the case?

    Mactracker states the biggest drive size for this model was 120GB (5400rpm) and that the 'Hard Drive Interface' is 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA).

    Should I stay away from a drive bigger (or faster) than the above specs from Mactracker? I guess the max size was just the sizes available to order from Apple at the time?

    Thanks all,

    J
     
  2. StockDC2 macrumors regular

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    Hey Jimmy,

    The largest hard drive you can use has no correlation to the largest hard drive that was available from Apple for your specific unit.

    Also, any drive will work as long as it is 2.5" (even if it's a 500GB drive).
     
  3. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

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    Few months after I bought my A1181, I replaced the drive. It's super easy,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp47AQinUM8
    I bought my 500GB one here:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Hitachi/0A57915P/
    http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Search.cfm?Ntk=Primary&Ns=P_Price|0&Ne=5000&N=6403&Ntt=2.5+hd

    and the tools needed to replace. You need specialty screwdrivers, which are really cheap:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TOOLKITMHD/
     

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