Question about optical drive swap

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RealSkyDiver, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. RealSkyDiver macrumors 6502

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    So I found THIS as an optical bay, but where can I find a hdd that matches? On Newegg all the 7200rpm 2.5" hdds are way overpriced and MCE offers both, optibay and 750GB 7200rpm hdd, for $200. Maybe I should got with the MCE solution after-all? But is there really no 1TB 7200rpm hdd that fits into the optical bay?
     
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Newegg's prices are fine. Pick up a drive from Newegg and a cheap optibay from eBay for <$100 total.
     
  3. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    I can highly recommend OWC as I have one of their optical bay caddies and a SSD from them and both work great. Their customer service is amazing. However, you can find cheaper optibays on ebay.
    However, it looks like the highest capacity 7200RPM 9.5mm drive OWC offer is 750GB (this one here).
     
  4. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    I must be missing something, $100 for the optibay, $90 for a seagate 750/7200. i'm pretty sure that's less the $200 mce charges for a optibay-750/7200. and getting a scorpio black would only be $10 more than the optibay-750/7200 from mce, that hardly seems way overpriced.

    i would get the owc data double for $75 and a WD scorpio black for $110, better setup than the mce and cheaper to boot. my 4 pennys
     
  5. RealSkyDiver thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok I found THIS optibay ob ebay. It's only $15 and looks sufficient good to me. Guess I only need these tools to upgrade my drive and memory right? In terms of memory these seem perfect for that price.
    But what about the warranty? If I need to give Apple my macbook pro to I need do re-install the original drive and memory?
     
  6. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent picks.
     
  7. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    It's not a huge deal, but you can get this 23-piece precision tool set from Home Depot for $5 which will be a lot more useful for other things too. It's what I used and it has everything needed and a lot more.

    Also, FWIW you can pick up a Kingston 8GB RAM kit for $69 shipped from Newegg.
     
  8. RealSkyDiver thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I like how the RAM keeps getting cheaper :D
    I also remembered that I already have a tool-box with all the tools I need...xept for the Nylon Spudger. What could I use as an alternative? I guess my fingernails probably isn't a good idea.
     
  9. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Fingers are fine, they worked for me ;)
     

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