External HDD to Internal HDD: Possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by rotter2142, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. rotter2142 macrumors newbie

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    I own a 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD. I had bought it in 2008.

    I own a Macbook Pro 13(2009 model) with only 160GB of hard drive space. With the escalated prices of the hard drives right now I am not ready to invest in a new HDD>

    I was planning to remove the hard drive from the Seagate and install it in my Macbook.

    I wanted to know will it fit in my Mac?

    I am including a photo of the HDD I own, as a reference.

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  2. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I had one of those units and removed the drive, it was a standard 9mm sata drive. I reused mine in a raid enclosure, but it should fit in any modern laptop.
     
  3. rotter2142 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. It's time to wield the screw driver.
     
  4. El Awesome macrumors 6502

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    I don't know which size your external HDD has, but a MacBook requires a 2.5" disk. But judging from the flatness of the case you showed, it seems like this is one of them.

    I would seriously think about getting an SSD though. I know they are quite expensive, but the speedbump is enourmous. It feels like a complete new computer!
     
  5. rotter2142 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes it's a 2.5" HDD, so I think it's gonna fit. My Macbook is the late 2009 model and hence I'm quite reluctant to invest anymore in it. And I mainly use it as a source for my music which is expanding at an exponential rate and hence the req. for a larger drive which unfortunately the SSD won't be able to provide!
     
  6. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    You could for sure switch the drives if wanted and put the Mac drive in the external case and the external drive into the Mac just to retain a little bit of external storage.

    Piggybacking on what someone else posted an SSD would really liven the aging laptop up quite a bit. I put a 128GB Samsung 830 drive in my wife's late '09 MBP but she doesn't consume much storage. The drive was $79 at Fry's so not a bad deal.
     
  7. rotter2142 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just pre-ordered the new Nexus and a new headphone. I'm broke due to these new expenses. And I'm planning on a new gaming PC. So chances of getting a new SSD are quite slim.

    Anyways thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely keep that in mind whenever I have extra dough to blow.
     

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