some questions about inserting new hard drive in black macbook (2006)

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  1. kathiekp macrumors newbie

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    Hi.... I purchased a Hitachi Travelstar 2.5 Inch 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA II 16 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0S02858 to replace the dead hard drive in my black macbook (late 2006). I have the old hard drive out. Here are my 2 questions.... first, there is no pull tab on the new hard drive. How will I get it out if I need to? The one I removed is a Seagate and has a covering on the top with the plastic pull tab. should I put that over the new hard drive? It comes right off the old one. Second, when I compare the connectors there is a section, looking straight on at the pins, on the far left that in the old one has 4 pins. In the new Hitachi there is just an empty compartment. Does that mean it won't work? Or should I just try it? If I leave it without the plastic pull tab how will it come out if I have to get it back out?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Put the plastic pull tab on the new drive and the four pins aren't used in Macs. they are there for older computers.
     
  3. kathiekp, Dec 21, 2010
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    kathiekp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, that was fast! One thing about putting the old plastic tab cover on, the old seagate drive had little nubs on the sides to hold the pull-tab cover. This one doesn't have the nubs but it seems to fit fine. I think it would pull it out. Is that ok? I'm not describing it very well. If I didn't put the pull tab on would I be able to get it out without that tab if I needed to get it out?


    ps I tried putting the pull tab sleeve over the top.... once I got the new Hitachi drive in the sleeve just pulls back out. I left the new hard drive in without the pull tab, re-screwed the drawer thingy, and the disk utility recognized the new drive. Right now I'm restoring from my external time-machine back-up. I'm worried that the new drive will be loose in the compartment because it doesn't have the 4 nubs sticking out on the sides to hold it on the rubber rails. And how will I get it out if need be without the pull tab?
     
  4. kathiekp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you SO much! That's just what I needed. Obviously I don't have the right screw driver to remove the nubs from the seagate drive so I can get that sleeve on. And the drive is in the bay without the pull tab. I guess first I have to go looking for the right screw drivers. hmmmmm.... Apple Store? Radio Shack? Best Buy? I don't have time to wait for them to come from other world computing, unfortunately. That video was super helpful! :)
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    You should be able to get the necessary Torx T8 driver at Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Harbor Freight, etc. They generally can be purchased individually or in sets.
     

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