Hard Drive Upgrade

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  1. zzzCookie macrumors newbie

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    I have been wanting to upgrade my stock 250GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive on my 13" MacBook Pro to something with more space. I need to know the maximum size of the replacement drive. Can someone please tell me the specifications? I know it has to be 2.5", but I need to know the height and whether it still has to be SATA (3Gb/s) or can it be SATA (3Gb/s) with Advanced Formatting like WD Scorpio Blue 1TB. Thanks.
     
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    Any 2.5" S-ATA HDD with a maximum height of 12.5mm will work, thus the 1TB HDD will do.

    Btw, what do you mean with:
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  3. zzzCookie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I went to the homepage of Western Digital to search the list of internal hard drives and apparently, WD Scorpio Blue with a capacity of 1TB has an interface of SATA 3Gb/s w/AdvFormat. Here's the link. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=685.
     
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  5. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Wait, is that the same with the new Macbook 7,1 (MC516LL/A) models?
     
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    Yes, according to dozens of threads about the same issue, the Unibody MacBook, as all other Unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros, will accept a 12.5mm high 2.5" S-ATA HDD in its housing.
     
  7. After G macrumors 68000

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    I think 12.5mm height drives fit in the new unibody MBPs with no problems, but on pre-unibody Macbook Pros, only in the 17" ones. Someone else chime in if I'm wrong about this.
     
  8. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know if a 7200 rpm drive will make a white unibody Macbook vibrate?

    Looking at the WD Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500 GB hard drive.
     
  9. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    I just put that exact model in my new 13" MBP 2.4 GHz. Maybe a little speed increase, but the vibration is really annoying. I may go back to the stock drive. That drive didn't make my Dell 1764 vibrate...disappointed. :(
     
  10. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Don't bother with anything but a Hitachi 7K500 if you don't want vibrations.
     
  11. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    Also, I have a 320 GB Scorpio Black drive that I just put into the 13" MBP. I don't notice the vibration with this drive like I had with the 500 GB Scorpio Black.

    I did leave it as MBR instead of GUID....does that make any sort of difference?
     
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