Help changing HDD to MBP mid 2010

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pablo90, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Pablo90 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Hi guys,

    I have a 1 year old PC with a 640gb HDD from Western Digital.

    I'd like to use this HDD instead of the original one in my MBP mid-2010, but I'd like to know if you can tell me if this HDD is right/compatible.

    You can see the HDD in the picture.


    I have a doubt about the amperage: my original HDD is a 7mA and this is a 0.55A. The voltage is the same. You tell me :D I have no idea

    I also have another question: Can I put this HDD with windows seven installed and then format and install OS X, or I need to format the HDD before?
    And what kind of type do I need to use? FAT, NTFS etc?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    That HDD will work fine, it's a 2.5" laptop HDD, don't worry about the amperage.

    As for formatting, install it the boot to the recovery and use Disk Utility to create 1 partition with Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

    Personally though if you're going to upgrade the drive it might be worth looking at getting a 256GB SSD, unless storage space is an issue. The difference in responsiveness with a SSD is amazing.
  3. Pablo90 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Actually, space is the only reason why I'm upgrading :D

    Thank you for your quick and useful answer :)


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