Just a guesss on user-replaceable HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by HawaiiMacAddict, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

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    Aloha everyone,

    From what I've read thus far, the new MBP and MP both take SATA HDDs, and Apple has made it surprisingly easy to reach them. I wonder if, now that 2.5" 500GB SATA HDDs are available, we could just buy one from OWC and slap it in.

    I mean, Apple will charge you an additional $150 for a bump up to only 320GB - you can get that from OWC for less than $100, also at 5400RPM, although there are some 7200RPM models as well.

    Has anyone read of Apple using any "special" HDDs in the new MBP/MBs? I can see the new MBP as an iMac replacement and am interested in expanded storage options.

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  2. iMav macrumors 6502

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    I have a 500GB drive out for delivery today from NewEgg (as well as 2x2GB ram). I expect to go pick up a new MacBook tonight. I'll let you know how the upgrade goes. :)
     
  3. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    ya any hard drive that will physically fit will work...
     
  4. Coldwater macrumors member

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    Nah, no special parts. They use stock drives, not sure if it was Hitachi or not but it rings a bell. You can certainly add any 2.5", I believe people added some 500GB drives to the old MBP as well.

    And about the price: they charge a HELL of a lot less then they used to, at least through the ADC store. I went with the 2.8Ghz model and the 320GB 7200 RPM drive was only $40 more.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's a Hitachi.
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    They should take a standard 9.5mm sata drive. The Hitachi 500GB is 12.x mm and only fits the 17"
     
  7. portishead macrumors 65816

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  8. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Apple hardware may be prettier than other hardware, but every Mac at its core is just a normal computer.

    Hard drives are interchangable, as well as RAM and a lot of other components. Apple only covers upgrades and components that they know for sure will work with their hardware, so they discourage users to do self-upgrades with third-party parts.

    Pft, this Apple store rep tried to tell me that Apple RAM was special and only Apple RAM would work with my MBP... When I asked him about price, he told me "It's only $100 per gig!".

    Fail. o_O

    I am happy with my 4GB for $50... lol.

    But yeah, back to your question, yes, any 2.5" SATA drive should work in a MacBook Pro. You just gotta do a little shopping around and decide which one is right for you and if you have any experience doing computer upgrades, it should be a cinch on the new MBPs.
     
  9. consumedsoul macrumors regular

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    Western Digital or Samsung

    Which would you guys go with, the WD Scorpio Blue 500GB or Samsung Spinpoiont M6 500GB?

     
  10. iMav macrumors 6502

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    I went with the WD drive myself. It is pretty quiet and I'm happy with it.
     

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