Hard Drive Sled

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  1. reco2011 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know where I can buy a hard drive sled for a late 2006 Black MacBook? Also interested in the original 120GB drive as well.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The sled is simply a piece of metal which the hard drive screws into. There is also rubber "sleds" inside the machine that the hard drive slides into to help with shock and keep a steady connection to the SATA ports.

    You do not want an original hard drive. That is asking for problem. Get any SATA 2.5" hard drive off Newegg and let it roll!
     
  3. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Altemose. Do you know where I can pick up one of the sleds? I am also interested in the original hard drive. This is a hobby system with no important data so if it crashes and burns I won't lose anything important.
     
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    Are you referencing the rubber sleds or the metal bracket sled?
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    The "sled" is not really necessary.
    The guide screws attached to the side of the hard drive, that slide into the rubber guides, are very nice to have, but they can be used without the thin sled .
    I have installed some hard drives without a sled, and just the guide screws.
    I _did_ rig up a pull tab, using duck tape, etc, just to make it more convenient to swap out that hard drive, if needed.
     
  6. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Metal sled. This is for a late 2007 MacBook. Were there rubber sleds used by Apple.

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    LOL! Are you the guy who sold this to me :D The current hard disk has some duct tape on it as a pull tab. I'm a little OCD when it comes to these things so I'd like to find a sled if possible (and reasonably priced).
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-MACBO...465?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41807fa221

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MacBook-A11...786?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item46109cd2ea

    As for hard drives do not put an original in there. It does not add to the appeal, they are slow, and at this point are risky to put in. Aftermarket drives are better...
     
  8. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    The rubber refers to the internal guides (snubbers) for the drive. The guide screws on the drive slide into the rubber guides, which both support the drive, and provide a bit of shock mounting. Not much value in that if one uses an SSD...

    I just mentioned that I have used duck tape, but I have that drive, so it was "not me!"

    I looked through Apple's service manuals, which don't list any separate part for that drive shield - I don't think Apple would call it a sled, but I don't see any reference to it at all - no part number that I can find. Apple's original drives came with that shield already installed, or it just stayed with the MacBook by swapping it out to a replacement hard drive. I haven't seen one for sale anywhere - maybe someone else has....
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    There are some on eBay.
     
  10. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yepper. Thanks for the links. I'm going to have to pony up for one.
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    But don't order a MacBook hard drive. A new one is not much more with no wear at all. Putting an old hard drive in a computer is like sticking used spark plugs in a car.
     
  12. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate the advice. However I am looking for this drive to bring it back to its original configuration. This system won't be used for anything of value. If the drive should fail nothing of importance will be lost. I have much newer systems (rMBP, Haswell MBA, 2010 Mac Pro) which contain my valuable stuff (all backed up offsite of course).
     
  13. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Most any original drive you order off eBay is going to be wiped. You need disks.
     
  14. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I always wipe any drive that comes into my possession (I play a computer security guy in real life :D ) so that won't be a concern for me.
     
  15. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I still don't understand the logic of buying a 7 year old consumable item.
     
  16. reco2011 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Asked and answered:

    "However I am looking for this drive to bring it back to its original configuration."
     
  17. Altemose macrumors G3

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    eBay is the only answer then or Craigslist but that is a much harder find!
     

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