biggest hd to fit in 1st gen rev macbook

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  1. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    so whats the biggest hd to fit in my macbook because im finally going to buy a new one yay. im not sure weather to get a 160gb or 250gb. suggestions? anything.
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    500GB are just showing up, 320GB are readily available now.
     
  3. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ?yea but whats the biggest the rev models can read im thinkin 250gb? or is it 160gb, like whats the sence buying a 320gb if it only reads 250...
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 601

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    I don't believe there was a system firmware limit. I had a120GB in mine.
     
  5. qacjared macrumors regular

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    HFS+ and by extension Mac OS X supports 16 Exbibytes

    Which is 16,000,000,000 GBs. Which there is of course no hard drive in existence that is that big so its just like saying snow leopard supports 16 TB of ram. Basically it supports the biggest SATA HD drive you can find.
     
  6. emaja macrumors 68000

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    The limitation is not capacity, but the physical height of the drive. There are 500GB drives out there, but they are too thick to fit in anything but a 17" MBP.

    Take a look at OWC (macsales.com) and use their configurator. Call them if you need a person to talk to about it, but I am reasonably sure that the largest capacity drive you can fit in your MB is a 320GB because the larger drives are too thick.
     
  7. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i know and im not talking about a flippin mbp 1st gen 1.83ghz macbook cause some guy said he bought a 320 and didnt read all of it?
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i have a rev a mb and i have a 250gig in mine. thinking about bumpin it up to 500 once i get around to it
     
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    All MB can take the largest drives available (500 gigs) and more when they become available.
     
  10. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh ok interesting but i think im going to go with the 160, anyone know where i can get them cheap and fast?
     
  11. emaja macrumors 68000

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    Hostility not needed, dude.

    All I was saying - and everyone else here - was that there is no capacity limit. I added that some drives would not fit because they were physically too big to fit.
     
  12. emaja macrumors 68000

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    Hard to beat Newegg. Right now you can get some of the 320GB drives for about the same price as the 160's, so I would get the drive that offers the best value.

    Take a look at this drive for $119.99 with free 3 day shipping.
     
  13. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    I just installed a WD scorpio with 320GB in my Macbook Core Duo. It works fine and is also faster than before when loading apps and booting. The important part is to get a Hard drive that is maximum 9.5mm thick and has SATA interface.
     
  14. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yea...
     
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Some guy "did it wrong", because there is currently no HDD size limit.
     
  16. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Hmm... Interesting. So what your saying is this...

    There are 500Gb drives out there but for some bizarre reason it's physically too thick? Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? Seriously, are you? Cause I believe Samsung has the 500Gb drive that can and will fit in all SATA enabled notebooks and laptops with the exception of sub-notebooks and ultra-compacts.

    Introducing the hot new bad boy!!!
    Samsung 2.5" 500GB SATA 5400rpm
    only 9.5mm thick!

    Model number: HM500LI

    Spinpoint M6
    capacity : 500 GB
    interface : Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps
    buffer memory : 8 MB ​

    If you believe this is a error, contact Samsung. :)
     
  17. ftaok macrumors 601

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    In emaja's defense, this Samsung is brand new. Previous 500 GB 2.5" drives have been 12.7mm drives, and thus do not fit in Macbooks. I think the 9.5mm drives have two platters and the 12.7mm drives have 3 (could be 1 and 2).

    Anyways, the Macbooks are limited to 2.5" SATA drives that are 9.5mm (or less) tall.
     
  18. emaja macrumors 68000

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    Yup, I am, but you are correct about that new drive, which is why I asked to call and check. I thought that any drive thicker than 9.5mm was not going to fit, and the first generation of 2.5" 500gb drives were 12.5mm thick so they wouldn't fit. I was unaware of the new, thinner drives were "in the wild" yet.

    Thanks for the backup ftaok:D !
     

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