MacBook hard drive (non ssd)

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  1. Drich290195 macrumors 6502

    Drich290195

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    Not after a ssd or anything just something bigger than the 120gb in their at the moment. It's a early 2009 white model what type o hard drive do I need. And what's the biggest I can go up to. Also how would I restore from time machine. Just reinstall mountain lion on the new one and plugin my time machine is that it. Come to think of it if I wasn't bothered about the data could I just take the 1tb drive from the caddy it's 2.5 inch and pop that in cheers for your help
     
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    The 2009 MBP accepts any 2.5" S-ATA HDD with a maximum height of 12.5 mm, thus 1 TB is an option.

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


    As for Mountain Lion, you could use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper! to clone the old HDD to the new HDD if one of the HDDs is in an external enclosure.
     
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    Mines not a pro it's a MacBook is that a problem
     
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    Sorry, misread that. Yes, it will be a problem, as a white non-unibody MacBook will only accept 2.5" S-ATA HDDs with a maximum height of 9.5 mm, thus the maximum capacity will be 750 GB.
    The link I gave has further information and instructions if you want.
     
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    Sorry to sound silly how can I tell if my external drive is 9mm or 12.mm as I'm lead to believe my MacBook early 2009 can only take 9mm am I correct in thinking this. That's what I managed to understand from the precious post any help greatly appreciated.
     
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    If the external 2.5" HDD is a 1 TB HDD, it is 12.5 mm high, as currently there are no 9.5 mm 1 TB HDDs.
     
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    Anyone recommend a good choice of disk for it
     
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    For 750 GB? Budget? What about this one?
     
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    Sorry meant good not food lol. About 500gb is enough not wanting to spend loads. A mate has a 250 gb ssd I could have doe this require an additional connector or will it plug straight in.
     
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    Any 2.5" S-ATA SSD uses the same connector as a 2.5" or 3.5" S-ATA HDD, thus no extra connector is needed.

    This might be a good 500 GB HDD for you.

    Also consider getting a 120 GB SSD (100 USD for a S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) or S-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) SSD, though you are limited to S-ATA 1.5 Gbps (S-ATA I) on your 2009 non-unibody white MacBook, but can use that SSD later in a newer Mac or other computer you might get) for your HDD bay and a 500 GB HDD for your Optibay (• 4 in the HDD replacement guide I linked to earlier, though you need to get a P-ATA Optibay adapter (eBay or www.hardwrk.com for example, plenty of threads available via forum search or MRoogle).
     
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    So can I use a sata 2 hard drive in mine then if it is not sata 2 will it just run slower sorry confused
     
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    Since S-ATA is backwards compatible, you can use an S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) or S-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) drive on an S-ATA 1.5 Gbps (S-ATA I) interface and get S-ATA 1.5 Gbps (S-ATA I) speeds.
    The same applies for using an SS-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) drive via S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) interface and get S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) speeds.
    I do that with my 2007 iMac and 2009 MBP using S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) and S-ATA 6.0 Gbps (S-ATA III) SSDs.

    A little correction though, the early 2009 MacBook has an S-ATA 3.0 Gbps (S-ATA II) interface: http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...duo-2.0-white-13-early-2009-nvidia-specs.html
     
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    Spot on that's what I needed to no thanks so much for your help
     
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