Buying a 2.53ghz 15" tomorrow, planning to immediately install 500gb hdd...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yegon, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    #1 there I anything I should know in advance? I've already got a Torx screwdriver.

    Looking to get this hdd (I'll visit the store on the way), I assume it's compatible;

    I would get a 7200 but they don't seem that easily obtainable. I can always slap the 500gb in my PS3 if I choose to put a faster one in at a later stage.

    I can't wait! My current comp is a 2 y/o macbook which I plan on using kind of like a mini, permanently hooked up to a 24" monitor in the study.

    Which actually brings me to another question - given that my old mb will permanently be used as a desktop, should I take out the battery? I know cpu cycles take a hit but as it will be used purely for browsing and torrents, would it make much difference?
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    The Seagate 7200.4 are coming out very soon at 500gb..
  3. yegon thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Really? Hmm. I suppose I should wait then, as restoring to a new hdd is a piece of cake via Time Machine.
  4. areusche macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    I mentioned this in another thread, but get at least 7 little mini cups to hold the screws.

    Every time a screw changes move to the next cup and work backwards once you are finished.

    I did the upgrade to a 500gb drive and I love it. When I'm done at work I will upload a 15in MBP Santa Rosa and Penryn Apple Repair document for everyone to use.
  5. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    ive ordered one, cant wait till these are out..

  6. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
  7. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    To release the screw holding the HD?
  8. yegon thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Went with the 500gb WD Scorpio Blue (5400rpm) in the end. I'll probably replace it with a 7200rpm in 6 months and replace the 250gb drive in my PS3 with the old 500gb. Plus, I'd like to hear reports from people regarding using specific 7200 500gb drives, in the past I've experienced either noisy hdd's or ones that ran way hotter than others, something I hope to avoid by waiting.

    I also wanted a decent sized boot camp partition (purely for a few games) without sacrificing too much space for osx.

    65gb for XP, 400gb for Leopard - me happy :). Nice increase on the 320gb (298 after formatting) I had in my old macbook, which'll come in handy as I'll be using the mbp for a fair bit of video encoding, a task I previously left to my clunky old pc.

    Oh, and I LOVE the glass trackpad! MBP + hdd cost me £1800 all in, but this'll do me for 3+ years for sure. My only slight complaint is that the keyboard feels *slightly* spongier than my old mb. No biggy though, I'll get used to it.
  9. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Why would the new ones be any hotter/noisier? All they really do is increase platter density, it's not like there are more platters in there compared to the last generation.
  10. yegon thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I'm not really saying they are going to be hotter or noisier, but both personal experience and t'internet tells me that some brands/type of hdd's occasionally behave differently to others. No exact science to it, in all likelihood the quality brands will be fine.
  11. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    I believe it's a Phillips screw.
  12. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
  13. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    You are correct. Thanks for the link. very good stuff.

    Is the torx the same thing as a hex?

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