How hard is it to upgrade Hard drive in a Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gomff, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Gomff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Hello all
    I have a 3 year old Macbook pro which is still going strong. It's my birthday soon and I'm thinking about treating myself to a new 500 GB Hard drive.

    I have looked up how to upgrade it myself on and it looks OK but I'm just checking here to see what the general level of opinion is about difficulty / risk of buggering it up. The link to the process is here:

    I paid to upgrade the stock HD to a 250 GB whilst it was still under warranty but since that has expired now I don't think I have as much to lose by opening it up myself. Thoughts?

  2. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    I have done it to my MBP Early '08 17" models so many time, it became second nature to me.

    Couple of tips:
    1) Get a small box with multiple compartments or something like that. This is to keep all the screws in and organized so that you don't lose any and get confused.

    2) Don't rush it, just be slow and methodical, like operating on a patient.
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    It is a fairly straightforward process
    If I can do it... you can do it

    Take your time
    Follow the video

    You may want to purchase a portable enclosure for your old HDD

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  4. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    No answer (other than watching some YouTube movies — they always help me out with stuff like that), but just a tip: maybe consider upgrading to an SSD? Even though it probably has an older SATA connection, you'll definitely get a really nice speed bump out of it that would breathe new life into the MBP with daily use. Might be nice on an older machine.

    Because SSDs are quite expensive you'll still have a small(er) disk in the MBP itself if you don't want to spend too much, and need to keep stuff on an external USB/FW disk, but it just depends on what you're priorities are.
  5. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...

    Don't worry. This isn't too hard of a process. Make sure you lay your screws near where you removed them. Take your time and make sure you're careful with the components inside; cables break easily.

    Don't worry; you'll do fine.

    Habitus :apple:
  6. Csmitte macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    This is fairly easy and there are so many people who have done it, it has become second nature to some of us. I went from a 160 -> 250 -> 320 -> 500. then after all that I sold that machine and bought a UNI. Print good directions just in case your connection goes down, and take your time. No drinks in the area also!

    Good luck if you need assistance hit one of us back!
  7. DaWooster macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2009
    Did you get a good deal on those drives? I can't imagine it being cost effective to do it more then once, maybe twice depending on price drops.
  8. Gomff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Thanks everyone for the advice, really appreciate it.

    @ C64 - I like the sound of SSDs and when they are more affordable at the capacity I want then I'll go for it. For the moment though, it's more about having an HD big enough to have an OSX partition with all of my MP3s & Mac stuff on it and a Windows 7 partition big enough for all my work and project files. The drive I'm looking at is 7200 so it should be fast enough for my needs.


  9. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Very easy. Many youtube videos that show you how.
  10. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
  11. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2010
    London, ON
    +1. Towards the end my screwdriver striped and had to use vicegrips to tighten the hard drive screws.

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