macbook pro max hard drive size?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bmorris, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    what deteremines the max hard drive for the early 08 macbook pro's?
    is it the physical height? or is there a gb limit?

    i saw this 500gb barracuda drive at bestbuy for $80 running at 7200 rpm and 16mb cache buffer. so it sounds good.

    but is there anything coming out soon with higher rpm's or higher capacities for laptops? i know theres ssd but thats expensive and low capacity compared to sata for now.
  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    I'm most positive that there you would have zero trouble installing the drive. its not like its RAM where there's a limitation, its just storage.

    You will get a ton of replies asking how you're getting the 500GB drive for just $80 though.

    I checked best buy, the only 500GB 7200 rpm drive they have for $80 is for desktop only. you might be confused.

    And no, 500GB @ 7200 rpm is the fastest and biggest you can go currently and that just came out, so there's nothing bigger or faster traditional HDDs for notebooks at the moment. if there's a 10K rpm drive, you notebook might fry.
  3. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    As of now, the largest capacity that most of us can afford is a 500gb 2.5" SATA drive. Most any 2.5 SATA drive will fit in your MBP. The max you can put in only depends on the drives available.
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Its unlikely that Hard Drives will get faster than 7200RPM, not because the manufacturers are unable to, because they are, but SSD Drives run at around the equivalent 40,000RPM so theres not really much point continuing to make older style disk drives, plus the SSD's are much cheaper for manufacturers to make.

    At the moment the best you can get is 500GB at 7200RPM in a 2.5" laptop drive, however soon 1TB (1000GB) will be available, but not before the end of the year. If you wait for bigger hard drives you'll always be waiting, because they're always getting bigger.

    $80 sounds a too cheap however, are you sure its a 2.5" drive and not a PC 3.5" drive? Could we see the link please.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I think the OP was looking at a desktop drive, not one for a notebook:
  6. bmorris thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    good point, its a desktop hd.
    but ive seen 500gb laptop drives for $99.

    and yeah i know they always get bigger.
    just wondering if something soon was getting faster than 72000.
    ssd are ridiculous now for 500gb.
  7. hand macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2004
  8. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Actually, the highest capacity is the 750GB WD Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT.
  9. aslocum macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    ive seen a few posts from people that have used 12,5mm drives with no problems. but maybe 15"+
    you can always send the drive back if it dont fit...

    with 12,5mm you can get 1TB.
    The Western Digital WD10TPVT 1 TB Scorpio Blue is the only 1TB drive i (and my hardware reseller ;)) know
  10. hypermog macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    You can get 2.5" 500GB drives from Newegg here for $75: 1309740009&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

    I personally like Western Digital but they have the Seagate one on there too with free shipping. A little bit further down they have some 7200 RPM 500GB 2.5" drives for less than $100. The Hitachi one has the best reviews, with 75% 5-star ratings, and for less than $80.

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