MacBook and WD Scorpio Blue 750gb hard drive

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

  1. nycjdc macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2007

    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    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

    Jul 1, 2010
    I installed the WD7500BPVT in my early 2008 macbook a couple of weeks ago without any issues.

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