Are Hard Drives Other Than Hitachi Safe to Install on Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rekhyt, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Usually MacBooks come with Hitachi drives, and I'm wondering if it's possible to install a hard drive onto a MacBook Pro (2.4ghz Unibody) that isn't a Hitachi. (Western Digital, ...)

    Would there be driver problems (Heating up, ...) and also the hard drive free-falling locking feature be disabled?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Plenty do it without problems. Hitachi is just Cupertino's brand of choice.
  3. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    You can put just about anything you want in your Macbook. Heck the unibody Macbook Pros are designed so you can easily replace your hard drive -- one of the easiest notebook drive replacement solutions available on the market. If you search the Macbook Pro forum you'll see tons of posts where people are looking for either maximum 7200 drive performance, or the largest/cheapest storage solution for portable Macbook workstations. The posts in the Macbook Pro forum go into detail about performance vs. battery life, heat vs. vibration, etc. So I'd study the HDD discussions there and make your choice.

    You shouldn't have any problems with myriad manufacturers.
  4. rekhyt thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Thank you for your ultra-quick reply! (2 minutes! :D)

    Are Western Digital drives good?
  5. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    I am pretty sure that the new macbook pros come with toshiba drives...I saw a teardown on ifixit and it had a toshiba drive inside. Either way though you can use any drive you want
  6. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    yes it is safe.
    ive installed western digital and ocz on my macbooks

    as long as you get the correct connector and size you should be fine
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No, they're just the brand they can currently get cheapest.

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