Macbook Unibody HDD Upgrade

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  1. Insomnica, Mar 3, 2011
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    Insomnica macrumors newbie

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    Hey MR,

    I've got a concern about my investment in a 1TB drive for my unibody Macbook (2010, 2.4GHz, 13.3").

    I read a guide somewhere on here, which I can't seem to find now, in which it said my Macbook can take a 12.5mm drive.

    So my question is, could my Macbook take the drive below?
    I just wanted to make double-double-double sure before I put down £70 on this drive. :p

    Samsung Spinpoint MT2 on Scan.co.uk
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not many laptops will take a 12.5-inch drive (12.5"), but the unibody Apple portables will all be able to accommodate the 12.5mm form factor.
     
  3. Insomnica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oops, good catch there. :)
    Changed my post to 2.5-inch rather than 12.5.
     
  4. Insomnica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just want to post a follow-up for anyone who comes and finds this in the future:

    The above 12.5mm fits in perfectly, without any hacking at the internals.
    The only slight problem is that it's a little bit noiser than the stock, but it's drowned out with ambient noise. Only noticeable in complete silence.

    Screenshot from Sys Profiler and Disk Utility:
    [​IMG]
     
  5. _bgb macrumors member

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    Hello fella,

    Signed up just so I could ask you a question as this is exactly what I've been looking at! One question, how has the speed of your machine handled a 1TB drive? i was sceptical at wacking in such a big drive.. always thought id read some where they couldn't handle it?
     
  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Speed has nothing to do with how large a drive the computer can handle.
     
  7. _bgb macrumors member

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    i mean as in can the hardware handle the HDD.. is it the same as going over the 4gb RAM recommendation kind of thing?
     
  8. Insomnica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I get what you're saying, I guess you're referring to disk access speeds?

    Been pretty cool so far, no latency beyond a little bit when I loaded up Firefox after Time Machining my machine back to how it was, but that appears to have disappeared now.

    I'll attach a quick graph from Activity Monitor, but i'm not sure how to gauge disk performance in OSX. :)

    In the dock: XCode, Firefox, Finder, Adium, iTunes, Twitter, Activity Manage, Interface Builder.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Does someone know where I can get the screws for the HDD of a MacBook unibody update? I got a new 500GB drive, but it rattles in there without the screws.
     
  10. _bgb macrumors member

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    cheers for the info! hope to join your spec soon haha ;)
     
  11. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    Try the nearest Apple store.
     
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Did, no luck.
     
  13. _bgb macrumors member

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    we all agreed that a LATE 2009 WHITE MACBOOK UNIBODY can take this drive.. i know that the dude installed it in his, but his is a 2010 so just checking before i purchase :)
     
  14. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Any unibody apple laptop can use a 1TB drive. The only models bigger will not fit currently as they are too thick. There is no hardware limitation on drive size that you need to worry about.
     

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