MacBook Pro Hard Drive Failure - Which Replacement?

That-Guy

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Right so I have a friend MacBook Pro here, it looks like the Hard Drive has failed as it will not boot. You simply get the Folder with ? inside.

Disk Utility also fails to detect the hard drive.

The MacBook Pro is a 13-inch, Mid 2012 and has the following hard drive 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive.

I tried to get him to purchase an SSD but he was not interested. He wants another Hard Drive either 500gb or 1tb, but which brand/models are best for the MacBook Pro?

All suggestions welcome!
 

snaky69

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Right so I have a friend MacBook Pro here, it looks like the Hard Drive has failed as it will not boot. You simply get the Folder with ? inside.

Disk Utility also fails to detect the hard drive.

The MacBook Pro is a 13-inch, Mid 2012 and has the following hard drive 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive.

I tried to get him to purchase an SSD but he was not interested. He wants another Hard Drive either 500gb or 1tb, but which brand/models are best for the MacBook Pro?

All suggestions welcome!
Any 2.5'' hard drive under 12.5mm thick will fit. Buy whatever fits his needs and budget and has a decent warranty. A hard drive's a hard drive.
 

Altemose

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Right so I have a friend MacBook Pro here, it looks like the Hard Drive has failed as it will not boot. You simply get the Folder with ? inside.

Disk Utility also fails to detect the hard drive.

The MacBook Pro is a 13-inch, Mid 2012 and has the following hard drive 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive.

I tried to get him to purchase an SSD but he was not interested. He wants another Hard Drive either 500gb or 1tb, but which brand/models are best for the MacBook Pro?

All suggestions welcome!
I have good luck with Western Digital. Essentially, any answer you get here is going to be mixed... Some are WD people, others Seagate, others HGST (WD Company).

Maybe go with a hybrid drive this time around?
 

simonsi

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I'd recommend the Hitachi 7200rpm 1TB, I have it, works great, low power and noise and is significantly faster than a 5400rpm drive....
 

That-Guy

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Thanks peeps! Will offer him this selection and let him choose :)

Thanks Again!
 

That-Guy

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Sorry one more question.

Should I be looking at SATA 2 or SATA 3?

Thanks
 

Altemose

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Sorry one more question.

Should I be looking at SATA 2 or SATA 3?

Thanks
For hard drives it really doesn't matter unless it is a hybrid drive. The majority of all hard drives cannot saturate a SATA-II connection. In other word, for a classic hard drive, SATA II is fine. For an SSD or hybrid, it is best to go SATA III.
 

Naimfan

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Another vote for the HGST 1 TB/7200 RPM. Reasonably quick, lots of space, affordable, and decent warranty.

I have also had good success with the WD Black 750 GB.