Macbook Pro HDD upgrade, advice please

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  1. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all, I'm looking to upgrade my 13" 2009 unibody Macbook Pro HD. I curently have a 500GB one installed, but would like a total of 1GB.

    My questions are...

    1. Having never done upgrades to macs before, I assume the MBP only has space for 1 HD? So I couldn't just get an extra 500GB?

    2. Are all SATA 2.5" internal HD's compatible? Would this be compatible for example...

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-135-SA&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=896

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    1) You can fit more than one drive in a MBP, but you have to remove the optical drive to do it. Look up "Optibay."

    2) For the most part all 2.5" drives will work. The one you listed looks fine.
     
  3. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    I believe the 2.5" 1TB drives come in two different footprints.

    They are two thicknesses....

    9.5mm

    12mm

    The 9.5 should fit fine, I cannot speak to putting a 12mm drive in the 13" MBP

    I recently installed one in my 15" MBP ( purchased from OWC as a kit - included a USB enclosure for the drive being removed and all tools needed for the install )

    Even thought I probably had the tools, it was nice having them come with the kit and now I have an extra set.

    ALSO - I was informed of problems with some 2.5" 1TB drives, but they were the 7200 RPM units. The 5400 RPM drives seem to be fine.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    12.5 mm drives will fit inside MBPs. Macbooks had trouble with the thicker drives.
     
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  6. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    You can put a 12.5mm drive in the main drive bay, but only a 9.5mm one in the optical drive slot. Personally I've gone with two 9.5mm drives.
     

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