Replacing Hard drive in Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by clabapple, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. clabapple macrumors newbie

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    I recently upgraded my mid-2010 15" unibody macbook pro by putting in a new HDD and SSD (using an optical bay caddie for the HDD). Also added some ram. Worked really well so looking to do the same thing to an early-2008 (non-unibody) 15" macbook pro. My main concern is compatibility. I basically had a friend tell me what to buy for my 2010 mbp since he had done the same operation. This time I'm flying in the dark.

    Based on some initial spec research, it seems like the following components should be compatible, but I just want to make sure before I buy. I understand the size limitations, but I'm a bit lost when it comes to PATA vs SATA, SATAII vs SATAIII, etc. etc.

    HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145881&cm_re=2.5%22_7200 rpm_9.5mm-_-22-145-881-_-Product

    SSD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147371&cm_re=ssd_120gb-_ -20-147-371-_-Product

    Bay Caddie: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-Optical-Bay-Caddy-for-Early-2008 -Macbook-Pro-MB404LL-A-/300660461171?hash=item4600c28e73
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148201

    Also, assuming these upgrades work.. can I run yosemite?

    Help!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Any 2.5" SATA hard drive will work, period. So long as you meet that, you're okay.

    EDIT: Misread your post.

    You need your optical bay caddy to have a PATA to SATA interface. The optical drive in the non-unibody is PATA, not SATA. It looks like you've got that correctly covered.

    Apart from that your list looks okay.
     
  3. clabapple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help!

    Is the normal hard drive in the non-unibody SATA then? In other words will the SSD work if I install it where the old HDD is?
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Yup.

    It'll only work at SATA I speeds though, so don't bother going for the latest and greatest unless you intend on putting it in another, more recent Mac further down the road. An economy SSD with a decent warranty will work just as well.
     

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