MacBook Pro Hard Drive Failure - Which Replacement?

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  1. That-Guy macrumors 6502a

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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!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    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.
     
  3. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    I got a 1tb seagate hybrid drive and it works great, boot time with mavericks is better....
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    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?
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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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....
     
  6. That-Guy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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

    Thanks Again!
     
  7. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    +1 on these, just bought 2 and they are quite nippy @ 7200rpm

    M.
     
  8. That-Guy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry one more question.

    Should I be looking at SATA 2 or SATA 3?

    Thanks
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    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.
     
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  11. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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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.
     

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