Help me make sure this hard drive will be compatible with a friend's macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by organic io, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. organic io macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I have a friend who has a Macbook pro 2012 non retina with a bad hard drive. We are looking to replace the hard drive, but want to make sure the replacement would be compatible before he makes the purchase.

    I was looking on Pricewatch and found this drive
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...pGg/MlsI1mCFc0tyn1iKw0bmNhSUqR7s4NPa69bo+uICg

    Which is 2.5" SATA 3. I read that SATA 3 is backwards compatible with SATA 2. Since this is a 2.5" drive I don't see why it wouldn't work with this Macbook. But I just wanted to double check here to make sure there aren't any unexpected kinks that I'm not aware of. I'm much more of a PC person, though I did own a Macbook of my own for about a year.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Any 2.5" SATA drive under 12.5mm thick will fit. It's a regular old PC under all that pretty aluminum.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Agree with post directly above.

    Just get the Crucial SSD, and "do the swap". It's a remarkably easy procedure.

    Precaution:
    I would suggest that you and your friend thoroughly "prep and test" the new drive BEFORE you swap it in. You can use either a 2.5" drive enclosure, but a USB3/SATA dock works just as well.
     
  4. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    All of the above. Plus do you know how you will load the OS on to the new drive?
     
  5. organic io thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah he has the OSX install disc. So it should be a pretty straightforward process. Thanks for all the help everyone!
     

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