Early 2011 MacBook Pro - Which Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bad1550, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. bad1550 macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
    I need to replace my daughters early 2011 MacBook Pro hard drive with a larger capacity drive.

    I am looking for either a 5400 or 7200 speed. What is the max gigabytes can I get and what specs should I be looking for.

    She installed Yosemite and seems she has no space left. Very laggy

    I appreciate any help

  2. a.y.n macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
    San Francisco
    I'd go with Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB or 500GB SSD.
  3. Oli20 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2014
    I agree, SSD is without a doubt the way to go. I did the same thing in a 2011 MBP and I couldn't believe the difference.
  4. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    another vote for SSD if you can. I upgraded my mid 09 MBP and my wife's late 2011 MBP with Samsung 840 EVO's (both 250GB model) and it's brought new life to both MBP's. I'll never go with a standard HDD again.

    For the price and performance, you can't beat the Crucial MX100 SSD at the 512GB storage for $209 on newegg.
  5. bad1550 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Lagginess is largely caused by the HDD.

    Switching to an SSD would remove all the lag.

    I would never recommend anything that isn't an SSD.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Any 2.5'' laptop drive will drop right in. Pick whichever that has the pricetag you like with a decent warranty. I prefer WD or Hitachi drives myself, but that's just me.

    Lag can be caused by all sorts of things, did you even check to see if your daughter is running out of space in the first place? Your post sounds like you haven't.
  8. bad1550 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
    Yes, Her HD is running out of space especially since updating to Yosemite.

    I ordered a Seagate 1TB non ssd

    Thx for all of the advice!
  9. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    I have less space used by my Yosemite install after upgrading from Mavericks, not more....??

    When I had a 1TB Seagate the drive was too thick to mount using the HDD screws, you might need to check the thickness of the drive, the Hitachi is a 7mm and definitely fits as std and is 7200rpm vs the 5400 Seagate (if you need to return and change the Seagate).
  10. bad1550 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
    Thanks, I appreciate your help


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