Macbook pro hard drive question.

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  1. gurvir44 macrumors newbie

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    Im bought my first mbp (yay) but the 120gb hard drive is nothing
    Its a 15" 2006 Macbook pro. I reasearched and found the Hitachi 320Gb 7200 RPM hard drive. Now im wondering, will that work? And how do i set it up when i have installed it? I read some stuff about booting from the Leopard dvd. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  3. gurvir44 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow thanks so much for quick repsonse, and the tip on 9.5mm, didnt know that. Ok so i have to make sure its 9.5mm, 2.5". Ok now how do i set it up brand new and fresh?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Put the new HDD into an enclosure for 2.5" S-ATA HDDs (should cost around 10€) and format it using Disk Utility with "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)", which is HFS+.
    Guide on how to use Disk Utility from the restore / installation DVD.
    Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
    Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility

    Then use the steps you want explained in that guide I linked to and in my signature.
     
  5. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Put the drive in and boot with your os cd
    Navigate to disk utility and format to mac os extended (journaled)
    Continue with installation


    If you need more specifics I will elaborate :)
     
  6. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    The 7K320 is 9.5mm.

    It's only the gigantic drives with three platters (usually 750GB and up currently) that are 12mm drives.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Thanks for verifying that. Must have used the wrong converter (inch to cm via the built in widget), which gave me 10.4cm for 0.4".
     
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Probably rounded up to 0.4", which would be 10.5mm ish.

    Anyhoo if in doubt go check the manufacturer's spec sheet..
     
  9. gurvir44 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much. The cheap self i am, i would try the boot with os cd and try formating it that way, if for any reason that dosent work, i will use your suggestion. Thanks alot!
    And thanks again lol, ill go buy the drive tommoro.
    I herd its quiet, and fast. Suitable for the mpb. Thanks!
    All you guys easier+better then apple support (and there good)
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Thanks, looked for that via the search terms "HD20320 IDK/7K" but didn't find that.
     
  11. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    I like the Hitachi drives. They're fast and quiet and in my experience are very reliable. Seagate are a close second and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if the Hitachi is out of stock.

    You'll have fun pulling the Mac apart to change the drive :D
     
  12. gurvir44 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea thanks guys.
    Ill have fun. i like voiding warranty :)
     
  13. simsaladimbamba

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    Replacing the HDD is not voiding the warranty, as even Apple puts the procedure in their User Guides.
     
  14. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    There's a lot of screws involved, but use an illustrated guide such as iFixit.com and you'll be fine.

    Must be 20+ screws of various different sizes and types to get to the hard drive in the 2006 MBP. It took me a good 20 minutes to strip it down. You'll also need a Torx T8 (I think) for some of the screws, so you might need to buy a driver for that.

    Compare that to any IBM ThinkPad from the last 10 years. It's a single screw and a quick pull to remove the carrier. There's 4 screws holding the drive into the carrier. Takes under a minute to swap the drive over.

    It's far easier on the newer MacBooks.
     
  15. gurvir44, Mar 18, 2011
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    gurvir44 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thanks buddy, ruined my happy moment. Lol, anyway i like doing this kinda stuff, you should see my xbox! and all my various hotwheel mods. God thoes things are tiny.

    Yea my current pc is 2 screws and a tab you pull out.

    While were on the topic of hard drives, anyone recommend one the same size & speed, with little or no price diffrence?
     

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