MBP 2009 (macbookpro5,3 15") replacing of battery and HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eurobum, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. eurobum macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2012
    Battery is completely shot on my MBP. Will die randomly at around 20 %, less than an hour to go from 100 to 20 % on normal usage (email, browsing) and low brightness, many times it won't charge, many times it will say it's charging but it will still gradually drop in percentage.

    So gonna get the A1321, 1) this is compatible to my model?

    Seeing rather easy tutorials on iFixit, I figure I may as well do more work while opening it up.

    Gonna pass on RAM due to budgeting; not gonna use it for anything besides text-editing, browsing, it's basically for lectures/school use only. I use a desktop at home.

    NEVER use the optical drive, so I'm thinking about putting a second HDD there, possibly SSD (for instance the OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD).

    2) Any reason not to do this? Would be rather small (again budget), probably 120 GB, but sufficient for an installed OS and more. The original HDD will be for storage/backup.

    3) Since experiencing battery issues it's also become increasingly noisy and performs horribly. I'm going to clean it of course, fans, logic-board, etc. Could it be that the original HDD is damaged, too, hence the noise? If so, wouldn't be that expensive to replace with normal HDD not SSD -- which requirements does the HDD need to fulfil to be compatible? 2.5", RPMs, other?

    3) I need screwdrivers: Phillips #00 and 5-point Pentalobe. Both are 'normal' small screwdrivers available at your local hardware store, no?

    Thanks, guys!
  2. eurobum thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2012
    SSD, I'm looking at 256 GB Sandisk SSD.

    For the secondary drive, I'm looking at 750 GB WD Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT. It's 7200 RPM and 16 MB buffer. I see some cheaper ones that are 5400 RPM and 8 MB buffer?
  3. eurobum thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2012
    Got the screwdrivers at the store; wanted to double check before I order battery. Indeed it is A1321, just ordered off eBay.

    Cleaned it. Was so dirty.

    Will order OptiBay and SanDisk 256 GB SSD, but will leave the original HDD for extra storage.
  4. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Sandisk and other Sandforce-based drives can have pausing/locking issues with that year MacBook. Maybe Crucial (not the V-series, though) or Samsung?

    The 750GB black is fast but it will use more power. I'd get a 1TB Blue, it's a 5400RPM drive so it'll use less power. Secondary storage doesn't need to be fast for most people (music, movies...) and your system will be on an SSD, so it will still be fast.

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