Hard Disk size limit for late '07 Macbook?

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  1. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry if this has been asked before but I can't seem to find a straight answer for this question. I'm trying to upgrade our son's late '07 MacBook hard drive. Does it work with a 320GB or 500GB drive? I know it works with 250GB because that's what's in it right now

    TIA
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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  3. tflournoy95 macrumors 6502

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    it works with the biggest laptop hard disk thats out right now. probably a one terabyte i think.

    you could put another one in the optibay too, but 1 terabyte is plenty if you're not a disk jockey or something like that.
     
  4. dborja thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, both, so much! I think I'll put in only 500GB...
     
  5. cubeeggs macrumors member

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    Warning: everyone in this thread is wrong.

    2 TB is the limit for desktop hard drives (although Seagate actually has a 3 TB drive they only sell in an enclosure for technical limitations with a drive that size).

    1 TB is indeed the limit for a 2.5" drive, but a 1 TB 2.5" drive is 12.5 mm tall. I believe the Aluminum Unibody MacBook with a removable battery can hold a drive this tall, but I think a white or black MacBook can only hold a 9.5 mm drive.

    This limits you to 750 GB (although if you do get a drive this size, make sure it’s a newer 9.5 mm drive and not an older 12.5 mm drive).
     
  6. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Actually, all of the unibody MacBooks (aluminum and white) will accommodate the 12.5mm format.
     
  7. dborja thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the information. I did get a 500GB 9mm WD Scorpio so that should be ok then
     
  8. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you're fine.
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    You would be the wrong one. SATA currently has a max addressing capability of 2Tb. This is for 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives. The only reason there is not a 2.5" 1Tb drive is because the drive makers haven't figured out how to cram so much data capaciity into so little of a size.
     
  10. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    IF you read what the OP wrote, you will see that he as a 2007 MacBook. These are not unibodies. The unibodies didn't come out until late 2008.


    WRONG-O. The OP meant what is the biggest size hard drive that he/she can get for his/her MacBook. Not what is the maximum theoretical size.
     

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