How do I know if a harddrive is compatible with my mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by loganpyle, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. loganpyle macrumors member

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    I'm sorry this is such a n00b question. But I really want a bigger harddrive for my system. I have a 15" Unibody MBP, and I'm not sure how that process works exactly. Do I just buy any notebook harddrive and swap it with the one under my battery/hdd panel?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No, you need to make sure it is a SATA 2.5" drive.
     
  3. loganpyle thread starter macrumors member

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  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Correct, and no need to apologize - that's why we come here.
     
  6. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    Many good sites (Crucial, OWC, etc...) allow you to select the specific laptop you own and will show you only the drives that are compatible with your system.
     
  7. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

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    Only thing you have to worry about other than the form factor and connector is whether it support sudden motion sensor or not.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Most of them do, but I've heard about some Western Digitals that didn't play nice with it.
     

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