MBP maximum harddrive capacity

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by freddyfingers, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. freddyfingers macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Just wondering if theres is a reputable source of info on the max size hard-drive I can put in a MBP either the older version or the newer unibody model. Right now I'm contemplating installing a dualdrive in one of my systems. More info on those cam be found at the 2 links posted below.

    original MBP


    I'm going to assume their #'s are correct on the dualdrives but dont see why any 2.5" sata would pose a problem. Seems with the older MBP I can install a 1tb dualdrive but does the stock internal max's out at 500gb? or could I go with 2x 1tb drives? While with the newer unibody the stock internal drive max's out at 750gb and the dual drive can only be 500gb. More than likely I will be modding my older MBP just because it can support the most storage space.

    Was just wondering if those #'s are right or if it matters I dont see why a 500gb drive would be any different than a 750gb or 1tb as they are all 2.5" sata just bigger size drives.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    It has to do with the height of the drives.

    The Aluminium models (2006 to 2008) of the MBP line can only accept 2.5" HDDs with a maximum height of 9.5mm, thus 750GB is the maximum capacity for HDDs in the HDD bay. I don't know about the bay of the Optical Disc Drive (ODD).

    The Unibody models (2008 - )of the MBP line can accept 2.5" HDDs with a maximum height of 12.5mm, thus all 2.5" HDDs are accepted. The 17" Aluminium MBP is also capable of accommodating a 12.5mm 2.5" HDD.
  3. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
  4. freddyfingers thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    never considered 750gb great find might have to wait and just run 2 of those that would be the fastest option 7200rpm :) with the same storage 1.5tb

    I just ordered a 500gb 7200rpm drive which I was planning on using as the main drive. Then was looking at using this for the dual drive 1tb 5400rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152242 The dual drive is mainly going to be used for storage so I can have all my files with me and not have to mess around with externals.

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