Hard Drive upgrade for 2009 13inch MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mmille24, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. mmille24 macrumors member

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    What do you guys recommend?

    I currently have 160gb, I would like the largest storage available, so 500 gb?

    Would it void my warranty if I try to install it myself? Is it difficult to install?

    Thanks a bunch. :)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would recommend the Scorpio Blue

    Scorpio Blue and Black Review

    Not difficult to install... there are videos around showing how

    I think you will still need a Phillips 00 and a Torx #6 for the new ones


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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It doesn't void your warranty, I think. I recommend Seagate's Momentus 7200.4 or WD's Scorpio Blue, both are 500Gb but Seagate one is 7200rpm
     
  4. mmille24 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'd prefer the 7200 RPM, but does it make the computer run hotter?
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Some have cited vibration issues with the 7200's

    There may be more heat and battery drain, but I haven't heard complaints about that as much as the vibrations

    According to the reviews, the 5400 performs as well as the 7200

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    Scorpio Blue performs but all 5400 drives doesn't.

    BTW, how do you get that Woof, Woof, Dawg thing for every post?
     
  7. mmille24 thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you guys like better the seagate or the scorpio 500gb?

    Also, how would I transfer all my files? External hard drive? Or is there an easier way?
     
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    Scorpio is 5400rpm but performs as well as most 7200rpm dirves so I would get that. 7200rpm drive can cause heat and vibration issues and lowers battery life as well. Use external drive or Migration Assistant to move your files
     
  9. mmille24 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I'll get that one. With the migration assistant would I need to re-install all my programs and OS?
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you don't use Time Machine or a cloning program like Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or SuperDuper (SD) , then you will need to reinstall Leopard from the DVD that came with your computer or a retail version of Leopard. Then you can use Migration Assistant to get everything off your old drive.

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