Replacing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KettyKrueger, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. KettyKrueger macrumors 6502

    KettyKrueger

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    Hi all,

    After a long search I couldn't mind the answers I'm looking for.

    I basically want to swap out the stock 320GB 5400 hard drive from my MBP but I'm not sure what to replace it with.

    What capacity HDD can it support? People seems to go for 500GB but can it support 1TB? Also, I know the Mac Mini needs to have 'special' drives that are a certain height (or something!), is this the case with MBP?

    Finally, do I need to worry about additional heat, noise and vibration from installing a 7200 drive? Actually, would a 10,000 drive be okay to drop in?

    I'm avoiding SSD at the moment partially due to the 1.5 SATA cap on these new MBPs but mainly due to the expense of them vs. capacity.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    largest hdd that will fit in the machine right now is a 500GB

    fastest that i am aware of is 7200 RPM.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Any of the current 2.5" drives with the SATA interface should be fine
    And many are opting for the 7200's, so that should not be a problem for you



    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. KettyKrueger thread starter macrumors 6502

    KettyKrueger

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    So ANY 2.5" will do? Obviously, some are better than others, but any will fit and work?

    I've read that WD and Hitcachi are they way to go.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

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    Any of the 2.5" with the SATA connection

    And I have the Western Digital, both internal (Scorpio Blue) and external (MyBook)
    They have been excellent drives
    But each brand has its fans and its detractors
    Your experience may vary

    Many are choosing the Seagate 500 GB 7200 as well

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. iMat77 macrumors member

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    Right person at the right moment...

    Hi...

    I just "came back" from replacing my HDD. I bought a Seagate 2.5" 7200 rpm 500GB HDD and am really happy with it. If you have questions regarding the replacement just let me know.

    I advise you something important. Once you replaced the drive and before dropping the Leopard DVD in it, should you choose NOT to clone your HDD, then RESET THE VIDEO RAM.

    Otherwise you might have a not illuminated screen which makes it impossible to do anything...
    I did a VRAM reset and it worked without any problems.

    Again, should you need advice let me know.

    I have a MacBook Pro (pre-unibody) 17" 2.5 Ghz and didn't clone my drive. I backed all the data up (including iTunes and all iPhone apps) with free tools. It worked fine.

    The only thing you will have to do is reinstall all applications as well as all updates :)
    But the computer can handle that alone.

    Speed improvement was dramatic for me, as my 250 GB HDD was almost full. A half empty 7200 rpm drive speeds things up considerably. While you are at it I also suggest that you upgrade RAM (4 GB is the max for my MBP).
    Then you are more than ready for heavy lifting :)
     
  7. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Just got the Scorpio blue hard drive from WD. No complaints at all thus far!
     
  8. sneeks macrumors 6502a

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    Just ordered a 500gb Scorpio Blue today :)
     

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