macbook hard drive compatability

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Benjamin Black, May 29, 2006.

  1. Benjamin Black macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2006
    Dalls, TX
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The MacBook requires a Serial ATA drive (SATA)

    That drive appears to be Parallel ATA (ATA-6)
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Hopefully someone with more knowledge than I will come along to give you the full scoop, but I'll give you some basics.

    In short, no they are not all the same. In addition to the 3.5 inch vs. 2.5 inch difference which you're aware of, there are several other differences among drives.

    One is drive height...the size of the bay in your computer determines what height drive it can can generally fit thinner drives in bays designed for thicker drives. Typical laptop drive heights are 12.5 mm or 9.5 mm. I'm not sure what size the MacBook can inkling is that the bay is only 9.5 mm high.

    Another spec to look out for is the connection. MacBook's use a SATA controller, which is not compatible with the ATA interface on the drive you've linked.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Is the MacBook compatible with SATA II drives?

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