Macbook Hard Drive Capacity

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kamilski81, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. kamilski81 macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    Hello All,

    My first post on MacForums...woo hoo....I would like to upgrade my hard drive, but I am not sure how to figure the capacity of the Macbook hard drives....any advice how I can find this out?

    I didn't find anything in the forums about this....currently I have an 80GB, but have about 150GB of data I want to transfer over...??

    Thank you.
  2. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    If you select the hard drive icon on your MacBook, and go to File->Get Info (or just press :apple:+I), it will show you the total capacity of the drive, used space and free space.
  3. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Well the only thing I can say is that hard drives compatible with your Macbook have a maximum size currently of 500Gb. Just check the specs on a 500Gb drive to make sure it is 9.5mm thick to fit a Macbook. There are a couple of 12.5mm thick ones that currently will only fit a 17" Macbook Pro, but the 9.5mm thickness is much more common.

    Popular sizes of compatible 2.5" SATA drives are 120Gb, 250Gb, 320Gb and the 500Gb as noted above.

    Welcome to the highly addictive world of Mac Rumors posting BTW!
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    If you want to know what sizes are available: You need a 2.5" hard drive with SATA and 1/8th height or 9.5 mm height. 1/6th height or 12 mm height won't fit. You can get drives at least up to 320 GB (I think there is a 500 GB 9.5 mm drive available now, but seriously watch out for the right height on 500 GB drives).

    If money is tight, go for the largest 5400 RPM drive that you can find and that you can afford. If money is not tight, go for the largest drive that you can find and buy 7200 RPM if possible.
  5. kamilski81 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    Thanks guys. Money is not an issue at all, I want the highest, fastest, available. I am looking at, do you guys recommend any other places I should look? Has anyone ever seen a 500GB 7200rpm internal hard drive for Macbook...seems like all 500GB are 5200rpm at the moment..

  6. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Last I checked there was a 320GB 7200rpm WD Scorpio Black HDD for $100 on NewEgg, and that's the fastest you'll get with that capacity. I'm pretty sure that no one has released a 500GB 7200rpm laptop drive.
  7. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS.

    This is a 500 gig 7200 rpm drive.

    According to Seagate's site, it's a 9.5mm height drive.

    Should be about $140 when widely available.

    It has an item number and a price at my favorite supplier of bulk drives (, but they don't have stock yet.
  8. kamilski81 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
  9. picflight macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008

    I have a 320GB in my Macbook Pro, when I check info, it shows 287GB. Is this correct? How do confirm what the manufacturer of the drive is?


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