MacBook hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wctaiwan, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. wctaiwan macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    So my MacBook (Rev. A Core Duo, base model, no upgrades) froze system-wide today, after a forced restart, the screen showed a flashing question mark, and then there came the dreaded ticking noise of death. Apple Hardware Test returned no problems, and I couldn't make the computer boot from the hard drive instead of the install DVD no matter what I did. The Disk Utility on the install DVD couldn't even find the drive, and after a PRAM reset failed to make any difference, I determined my hard drive is dead - after less than one year and a month (I bought it during June last year).

    I did not purchase AppleCare, a decision I now slightly regret (only slightly because I know I couldn't, and can't afford the US$250 price tag). I perfomed a backup recently, so I don't really care if I can retreive data from the hard drive. Now I have a few questions:

    1. How much is it for me to go to Apple and get them to replace the hard drive for me, without warranty?

    2. What are the exact vendor and model of the MacBook stock hard drive? Is there a separate warranty for it that might still be valid?

    And if I have to purchase a new hard drive and replace it myself, what would you guys recommend? Would the replacement process be difficult / risky for a normal person? From my understanding I can use any 2.5 inch SATA drive (oh yeah, are the newer drives compatible with the MacBook?), is that correct?

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Do the replacement yourself. Its very easy, in fact Apple considers the hard drive a user replaceable part. 2.5" sata is the drive, look for deals at newegg or owc.
  3. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    Might be cheaper for you to buy a Western Digital Passport, I got the 160GB one and popped open the case to find a notebook SATA drive inside and I found it for $90, easy install.
  4. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    I would recommend any seagate or western digital hard drives. Seagate's 5 year warranty makes it a better choice than western digital though.
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Your stock hard drive has 1 year Apple warranty and no manufacturer warranty - that was the deal Apple made (just like every other computer manufacturer) when they contract for hard drive supply. It reduces the cost of the component by $3 - $5.
  6. wctaiwan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    Thanks for all the replies. Now I'm planning on getting either of these two:

    I'm leaning slightly towards the WD since the MacBook's stock hard drive (which broke, for me) seems to be a Fujitsu according to this picture in one of the iFixit guides, and also other people I've asked seem to like WD.

    And also, would all 2.5 inch SATA hard drives have the same layout that would work with the MacBook (i.e. are the locations for the power and the data connectors the same)?

    Any further suggestions?

  7. heySparky macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2007
    All the SATA 2.5 inch drives have the same power/data connections.

    I am quite satisfied with the Seagate 160 gig , 5400 rpm HD from newegg. 5 year warrantee and very quite operation.

    WD would be my second choice, but it wouldn't be that one from inside the Western Digital Passport. I think it has a smaller cache, 2 mb vs 8 mb. and taking it out of the external case would make me think you void the warrantee do so.
  8. dubels macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2006
    I have a similar problem. My computer froze while having safari open so i rebooted and now it refuses to boot in OSX. I have bootcamp so it just boots up in windows. After i rebooted from windows now windows wont start up. I am pissed about this because come on apple contract someone that can make a hard drive last more than a year. I havent tried reinstalling from the OSX disk b/c I don't have access to one right now but I will try that before I go out and get a hard drive.
  9. drforrest macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2005
    MacBook hard drives are defective

    You are not alone. Apparently a large number of Macbook hard drives have turned out to be defective. Even though our computer was more than a year old, Apple replaced the hard drive for free. The catch: you get the same size drive that was already in the computer, and they keep the old drive. We tried a data recovery service but they said the hard drive was scored and no data could be recovered. So: to those of you who are starting to hear a funny noise coming from your MacBook--backup your data immediately! The drive may be failing.
  10. tico24 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Eastleigh, UK
    To answer this macbook (same as yours) had exactly the same problem a few months back. Mine's still under warranty, but they put the price on the receipt.

    It would have cost £60 for the labour, and £120 for the part.
  11. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    You Must Read These!

    Also google: macbook hard drive failure

    You are going to see this is an epidemic!

    Watch out when you put the macbook to sleep - it is a flaw.

    That being said, I replaced mine with a 120gb OEM one from newegg for less than $70, you can find these for cheap.

    Make sure to read the responses as well in the link above.
  12. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    Wow, after reading this, I am re-backing up all my stuff on my macbook!

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