MacBook Pro Unibody Hard Drive Upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Benguitar, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Hello, I was wondering what is the correct SATA hard drive for me to use to upgrade my MacBook Pro's internal hard drive with? I read on Apple's website that they say the replacement drive must be 2.5 inches.

    My MacBook Pro has an express card slot so it does have a removable battery.

    I'd like to get a 1TB drive in my machine, and I already have a 1.5 TB backup external drive.

    My guess, Please correct me if I am incorrect, Is all I would need to do is

    turn off my machine,

    remove the internal,

    put in the new drive,

    turn the machine on,

    boot up from external backup,

    use SuperDuper to copy the files over from the external drive to the new internal and then...


    So if you don't mind, Please recommend which drive will work best and then correct me if I am wrong about the data transfer.

    My local Mac Repair Depot wants to charge $140 for a 500GB drive plus $112.50 for install.

    I figured I could do all that with a 1TB drive for around $100 just for the drive and then transfer the data myself?

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Maybe I am behind the times, but are there any 1 TB drives currently available at 2.5 inches that will work?

    I thought the 640 GB WD was currently the largest, but I could easily be wrong on that

    Do you have any you are considering?
  3. Benguitar thread starter Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    I'm a bit new to upgrading my machine, So the only one I've really seen that I *think* would work would be-

    I am basing my information from some YouTube guy who was putting a 750GB in his MacBook Pro but said that the 1TB would also fit.
  4. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2009
    The 12.5mm height drives are the 750GB and 1TB drives from Western Digital. They are reported to fit in the unibody MBPs, but only the 17" in the previous models. The other issue with the 12.5mm drives is that they can be hard to find.

    The 640GB drive is the largest 9.5mm drive available, I have one in my 13" MBP and it's terrific.
  5. thomar2k1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2009
    It *may* work - not that the drive height is 12.5mm, the standard is 9.5mm. My MB only has capacity for a 9.5mm drive height, so you will definitely want to check that (Google the current drive for the specs).
  6. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Same, that's what I thought... And even if there are 12.5mm drives at 1TB, it'll be practically impossible to find them.
  7. Benguitar thread starter Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    True, I have noticed they are a bit hard to find.

    I may have to order it.

    This is what I read from Apple's website,

    Scroll down to page 37


    That to me seems like it would work fine as long as the drive "fits" the size won't really matter.

    That's the instructions for a 15in with non-removable battery, Mine has a removable but I believe the hard drive is mounted the same way in both machines.
  8. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    It's a tight squeeze in the non-unibody models. I doubt you're going to be able to fit a 12.5mm height drive in it -- I personally haven't tried, but from reading these boards for a long while, those that have tried were only successful in the 17" models.
  9. Benguitar thread starter Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Okay, Well, All I'd really like to know is what drive, I just contacted AppleCare and they said I could go up to a 320GB drive, But I was kinda hoping for something a LOT larger than that.

    So could someone just tell me what the absolute largest drive I could fit in my machine GB/TB size wise, and what drive it is.

    A Western Digital, LaCiE, Etc

    I'd really appreciate it if someone could provide me a link to a website like Best Buy or somewhere where I could see the actual model drive that you are recommending would fit in my machine.

    Thank you~ :)
  10. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    If you're really after HD capacity (and given that you don't use your SuperDrive too much) you could also purchase an optical bay caddy and use it to add a second HD to your MBP. You can find SSD threads on MacRumors that discuss this. The most popular caddies seem to come from this place:
  11. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    Samsung is pretty good

    Brand SAMSUNG
    Series Spinpoint M7E
    Model HM641JI
  12. Benguitar thread starter Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    I've thought about that, But I think I'll keep that as my backup plan. ;)

    What about this one? Maybe I'm doing my math wrong but this one is 26.1 mm high which converts to 1.027559 inches (1.0 basically)

    Wouldn't that fit?

    Or when Apple says 2.5 inches they mean width or length?
  13. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    That drive is a Desktop HDD.

    Standard Laptop drives are 9.5MM (thickness) and the largest you can fit in SOME laptops are 12.5MM.

    The 2.5" Apple refers to is the width.
  14. Benguitar thread starter Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Ohh, Thank you very much! :)
  15. chp5592 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Any experience with Samsung 640GB Drive?

    Anyone have any experience using this drive in unibody MacBook Pro? Just ordered from newegg for $99 to replace my WD500GB. From what I read, it is two platter with 320GB per platter (Amazing). Should be faster than what I have.
  16. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Does anyone know if 750 GB 2.5 inch 9mm drives are available yet and if not when they might come out? I wonder if anything has been announced by any of the manufacturers...

    I have looked around but can't see anything...
  17. laser71 macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2010
  18. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    From the top review on the product page you posted:


    But yes, a 12.5mm drive will jam in there.

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