MacBook and WD Scorpio Blue 750gb hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nycjdc, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. nycjdc macrumors newbie

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    Hello.

    I have a White MacBook version 3,1 made in 2008 w/ the intel ICH8-M AHCI SATA controller. Unfortunately this controller is only 1.5gb/sec.

    I picked up a WD7500BPVT, WD Scorpio Blue 750gb, with a spec of 3gb/sec. Western Digital tech support assured me it would step down to 1.5gb/sec, no jumpers needed (as it isn't configurable by a hardware jumper).

    So I install it in my MacBook, boot up from the Snow Leopard install disc but it doesn't see my fancy, schmancy 750gb drive. :mad:

    Is the drive not seen because of a compatibility issue w/ the SATA controller?

    If so, what is the largest capacity 9.5mm drive someone has installed in a MacBook w/ the intel ICH8-M AHCI SATA controller?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    SATA II is backwards compatible so you can use SATA II drive even though your interface is only 1.5Gb/s. Make sure you have installed it correctly, see installation videos
     
  3. youno macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I installed the WD7500BPVT in my early 2008 macbook a couple of weeks ago without any issues.
     

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