internal hard drive died. need advice for replacment.

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  1. necropunk macrumors member

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    Greetings all,

    After 4 years of brave use, the internal HD on my Macbook Pro has died. I'm now looking for a new one to install it myself. It's a first generation Macbook Pro (1.83Ghz - A1150).

    From a first google search I found this option a pretty decent one:

    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/160GB-MacBook-Hard-Drive-Hitachi-Upgrade-p-16950.html

    Any feedback on this particular item? Is the site reliable?

    Also, regarding the installation of the drive itsef: I've seen some guides on how to install it and they seem a little hard to accomplish. My experience with this kind of procedure so far is related to installing ram, which seems to be really easier. Is this something that a non-experienced user can install or shall I think twice before doing such adventures myself?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    That's pretty overpriced for a 160GB Drive. Any reason you want such a small drive? You should be able to get a 500GB drive for that price, or a smaller one for cheaper.

    Try newegg:
    Depending on how much you want to spend, in order of increasing speed (and cost)

    500GB Scorpio Blue (5200 RPM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...314&cm_re=scorpio_blue-_-22-136-314-_-Product

    320GB Scorpio Black (7200 RPM)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...80&cm_re=scorpio_black-_-22-136-280-_-Product

    500 GB Seagate Momentus XT (hybrid HDD/SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...8591&cm_re=momentus_xt-_-22-148-591-_-Product

    OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...51&cm_re=vertex2_120gb-_-20-227-551-_-Product
     
  3. zachsternelson macrumors newbie

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    That hard drive will work, but for the cost, there are a lot more cheaper alternatives, depending on how much space you need. I would recommend either Western Digital or Seagate drives. What you are looking for is this:

    2.5" Drive
    Serial-ATA (SATA) connection

    Also, once you get your new hard drive, you can use this guide:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/...-Duo-Model-A1150-Hard-Drive-Replacement/486/1

    Which will show you step by step how to replace it!
     
  4. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    Also, look up the Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500GB, 7200rpm ... pretty fast.
     
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  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Yes, great drive! That is the drive that I have. Except for some issues that I had with HDAPM, it works without a hitch. I scored it for $65 at www.newegg.com on sale.
     
  7. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for all the replys.

    The wester digital scorpio blue seems a real good option.
    The problem is that newegg.com doesn't ship internationally. (Neither does that site I first linked, so that was a complete failure indeed).

    Any tips on a site that could ship such products internationally (I'm in Portugal)?
     
  8. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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  9. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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    For a Macbook Pro 1.83GHz (A1150) internal hard drive replacement should I be looking for SATA or EIDE?
     
  10. spinnerlys Guest

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    S-ATA 1.5Gbits HDDs will suffice, though HDDs with S-ATA 3Gbit/s are downwards compatible to S-ATA 1.5Gbit/s.
     
  11. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry for reviving this thread again, but I'm still not sure if the Western Digital Scorpio Blue is compatible with my Macbook Pro 1.83 Ghz (model - A1150).

    From the info I gathered from the searches I've made, I can see that it is compatible with both macbook's and macbook pro'; but mine being one of the first models (A1150) I'm afraid that it might not do the job.


    Hence, bringing this thread again in order to receive more advice.


    Thanks for the help & patience.
     
  12. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, It is compatible. All MacBooks use SATA connections and hence it will fit.

    The only issue you will have is with the 1TB drives as they are 12.5mm and not fit (too tall). The 9mm drives will fit (750GB and less).
     

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