Hard-disk replacement for MBP 15" (Alu)

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  1. ervalerio macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I would like to replace the hard-disk of my MBP 15" Alu, from a 120GB to something bigger (and possibly faster).

    I need suggestions on 2 topics: 1) which disks to choose, and 2) how to migrate my stuff to the new one seamlessly.

    1) Is there a compatibility-list for potential hd replacements?
    Since SDD are too expensive to get reasonable sizes, I'm looking for classical disks.
    I found as candidate a "WD Scorpio Black, 7200rpm, 16MB, 2.5, 500GB, SATA-II": would this be a good choice?

    2) Once I get the new disk, how do I install it in the lapton, and how to migrate everything to the new system, possibly without re-installing the whole system?

    Thanks for any suggestion,
    Valerio
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1. Scorpio Black is a good choice, it's the fastest laptop drive.

    2. Get a 2.5" enclosure for the HD, put it in, use CCC to clone and do the swap.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    1) ANY 2.5'' sata-II drive under 12.5mm thick will work.

    2) You will need to either use time machine or an equivalent, either way you'll be reinstalling OS X.
     
  4. ervalerio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi,

    thanks for the quick reply. What is CCC ?
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    carboncopycloner.
     
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  7. davids8477 macrumors 6502

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    Take a look at the Seagate Momentus XT.

    I just installed it in my 2007 MBP and it's certainly speeded up the boot and app loading.
     
  8. Genocyde macrumors member

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    I recently replaced the stock drive on my 2010 15" MBP with a WD Scorpio Black 750 GB and it went super smooth. I bought it from OWC as a kit. It came with everything I needed (drive, tools, external enclosure for the old drive). Now I'm using the old drive for a simple backup solution as an external usb drive.
     
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    step-by-step guide
     
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