MacBook Pro HDD Install Question

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  1. adamjackson macrumors 65816

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    My Girlfriend has a 2.6Ghz Early 2008 15" MacBook Pro w/ a 2.6Ghz Core2Duo.

    Her hard drive is starting to click. It's the stock 160GB 5400RPM HDD.

    I'm on NewEgg and the selection of SATA 1 drives is VERY LOW but that's what kind of drive she has. Tech specs for her machine show only SATA1 as the interface type.

    Can I buy SATA 2 drives on Newegg (since they're cheaper w/ more selection) and will it just down clock itself and work or will it not work?
     
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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    SATA II is backwards compatible so yes, you can buy SATA II drive and it will work fine. The biggest difference is the maximum bandwidth, 1.5Gbits/s for SATA I and 3.0Gbits/s for SATA II but normal hard drives barely get more than 400Mb/s (50MB/s) anyway so SATA I is fine
     
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    thank you! Yep, I totally knew the speeds just didn't want to buy the drive, have it shipped and it not be recognized.
     
  5. RHVC59 macrumors 6502

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    Done this several times, 120>320>500>640 GB either Blue or Back WD Scorpio. I have been vary happy after each migration.

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 6 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP31.0070.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.16f11
     
  6. RHVC59 macrumors 6502

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    Done this several times, 120>320>500>640 GB either Blue or Back WD Scorpio. I have been vary happy after each migration.

    Last one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136459

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 6 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP31.0070.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.16f11
     

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