Best, hassle free 1TB drive for 15"

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  1. KettyKrueger macrumors 6502

    KettyKrueger

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    Hi all,

    Been hitting the search and found that the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB is a popular choice amongst MBP owners.

    Will this have any issues with the SMS? Also, can I expect any increase in heat and vibration, as opposed to the stock drive?

    Finally, I've heard a few people say that the bottom plate doesn't sit flush due to the extra height of the drive (12.5 - 9.5mm), is this true?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I think it's the only widely available 1TB 2.5" HD. Most people are fine with it, I'm not aware of any heat or vibration issues. All unibody Macs can take 12.5mm HDs so it will fit fine.
     
  3. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    Just about to order mine; neat coincidence. NewEggers are colon-capital-D about the drive in unibody macs.

    The only time I have heard of the non-flush bottom plates was in the case of a MBP Pre unibody 15 inch. (People could just get it to fit.) And another dude who got it in apparently by leaving out the mounting bracket designed to hold the drive down.

    I am very excited to have access to alllll of my media even when on the road.
     
  4. sandylp macrumors regular

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    I put it in my 13" MBP without any issues. Did not have to leave out the mounting bracket. Just make sure you have the #00 Phillips and Torx 7 or 8 screwdrivers. (I just got a mini-screwdriver kit for around $10.) It was really easy once I had the correct tools.:)
     
  5. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    :( Got the hard drive out of the case just to practice; did not realize I needed a Torx. Is that just for the hard drive mounting bracket? If so, where can I procure one of these mini-screwdriver kits? (Live in Canada, BTW.)
     
  6. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Any hardware store should have basic screwdriver kits with Torx bits for under $10.
     
  7. sandylp macrumors regular

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    I couldn't find one at Home Depot. I got mine at Frys Electronics. I think you'd have to go to an electronics store or online. The #00 Phillips works for taking the screws out of the back, but you'll need the Torx for removing the mounting screws from the corners of the old drive so you can put them into the new drive. I put the drive in without the screws, and it worked, but I then got a Torx screw-driver kit and opened the computer again and put the screws on the new drive. You'll see that there are little inserts where the mounting screws sit so that the drive is secure. I think I used a #00 Phillips for the mounting bracket. Pretty easy.:)
     
  8. animan macrumors member

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    The flat end of precision screwdriver (size 1/16) also works for removing the screws on the drive... if you cannot find the torx. Just be gentle with it and be careful not to strip the screw. Firm gentle pressure and then turn, worked for me.
     
  9. mstier09 macrumors regular

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    I also couldn't find the Torx screwdriver when installing my SSD. In my case just a simple pair of needle noes pliers worked fine. Just got a tight grip and got the screws started, was able to use my fingers after that.
     
  10. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    Sweet; I have both of these on hand so I have hope. :D

    Thanks!
     

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