Any reason not to upgrade MBP 13" HD to 500GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ToTo Man, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. ToTo Man macrumors regular

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    I'm seriously considering purchasing the new base model 13" MBP. I almost pulled the trigger a fortnight ago on a refurbed previous gen 13" but I'm glad I waited as the extra RAM and HD space makes £999 feel like (slightly) less of a rip-off! :D

    I am considering committing an extra £40 or £120 to have Apple upgrade the stock 250GB 5400rpm drive to either 320GB or 500GB. I know it's essentially giving them more money than I should, but I'd rather not have to mess with installing a larger HD myself in the future.

    But, is there any reason why I should avoid upgrading the stock 250GB HD to 500GB? Can the 13" MBP cope with a 500GB drive in terms of the extra heat it might generate? I'm assuming I've nothing to worry about since Apple offer it as an upgrade on their website, but I thought I'd ask anyway. :)
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    For the £40 extra you can buy a 500GB drive. A 7200RPM one for that matter.
     
  3. tianuk3 macrumors member

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    No issues whatsoever if you were to upgrade. However I would strongly suggest you do it yourself, it is incredibly easy to do, and will save you about 70 quid aswell. I am personally sticking with the stock 250, then upgrading to 256gb of ssd when it finally becomes cheaper..
     
  4. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, there's plenty reason not to: price.

    Buy this, install it from the get go, and you wont have to worry about needing to upgrade later on.
     
  5. ToTo Man thread starter macrumors regular

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    But how easy is it to install a HD in a MBP compared to a Mac Pro?. I found the Mac Pro HD installation manageable but I'm not sure if my impaired dexterity could handle tearing down a MBP...
     
  6. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Apple has made it quite easy. I do it all the time. Just check some videos online and you will see how easy it is.
     
  7. ToTo Man thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool, I just watched one on YouTube and it seems relatively straight forward. Just need to ensure I don't damage the SATA cable when removing it from the old HD.

    I assume upgrading the HD doesn't void your warranty?

    PS - I'm considering sticking with 5400rpm as I'd like to minimise noise/vibration and don't think my activities on the MBP will fully warrant a 7200rpm HD. Is that WD Scorpio Blue a 5400rpm drive?
     

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