Two internal hard drives in MBP?

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  1. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a

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    I was talking to someone at a local electronics store about Apple laptops and he assured me that there is room inside the MBPs for an additional HD to be added, but I've never heard of anyone doing this. Apple certainly doesn't allow for you to add it when you order from them. Was this guy crazy, or is it actually possible to add a second drive?

    And if it is possible, could boot camp format it for a Windows OS to go on it so the two boot systems would be completely separate of each other? Thanks in advance!
     
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    The guy was totally on drugs. No way at all. the inside is packed already.

    cheers.
     
  3. DarkHeraldMage thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought unfortunately. :( I was hoping he was right simply because, though I fully intend to focus my time in OSX when I make the switch after Leopard is released, I'm still needing to have a substantial partition for Vista and all my Windows only applications. I don't want it stealing from Apple; MS is greedy enough as it is, I'm not gonna let it go crazy on my new MBP. :p
     
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    You might be able to fit two 1.8" drives in there, I suppose...
     
  5. DarkHeraldMage thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Really?! But does that mean I'd have to replace what Apple ships it with and put in 2 new drives? Sorry, but I'm barely familiar with Apple as it is, let alone how their computers are built.
     
  6. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Depending on which MBP you go with, you can get large hard drives from Apple. The 15" goes up to 200Gb and the 17" goes to 250.

    I have a 17" and just freaking love it. But I don't have 250Gb and don't run Windoze on it. I have an old PC for that. I don't want to contaminate my Mac!

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    How much capacity can you get out of those? And is there really room inside the case? I saw inside my 15" and there was barely room for air!

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  8. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    internals of the macbook pro:

    that gap you see in the middle is where the battery goes. reduce the size of that, and you could probably fit another drive in there.
     
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    Why not just get an external and put Win-doh's on that? Wouldn't that work?
     
  10. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    I just upgraded my 160 macbook pro to 250gigs. It is pretty tight in there. 1.8" drives are not there yet. For the price and size of two 1.8" you would be better off putting in one large 2.5"

    I did see when I was looking for the instructions that someone put in a second drive by removing the DVD drive and using that spot, but I think that is too limiting.
     
  11. DarkHeraldMage thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because it's a laptop that I'll be using for school. I don't want to cart around an external.

    I don't think I'm willing to sacrifice the CD/DVD drive for another hard drive. I'll just put the 250 in the MBP when I get it and try to not use more space for boot camp than is necessary. I just hate knowing any of the space on my main drive is being used for Windows when that's what I'm switching to try and get away from.
     
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    It would not be worth doing. My tongue was firmly in my cheek.
     
  13. DarkHeraldMage thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And now my foot is in my mouth. :eek:
     
  14. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    IF you can track them down, i know that Dell is now offering 320GB 5400RPM drives, so that could be worth looking into (i dont mean getting a Dell, i mean finding one of those drives) Other than that... it is pretty cramped, either your friend was pulling your leg, he is completely out of his mind, or he thinks that Apples are so over-rated, obviously they must be stiffing you, of course they would leave a hard drive size hole with connector inside a 1" thick housing (less than that if you think about it)
     
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    you can put a second hard drive in if you replace your optical drive with it
     
  16. Habakuk macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Samsung 250GB (see sig) in my 15" MBP. It was a change by ASC.
     
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    Couldn't you get a 16 gb pen drive and put windows on that? They're not exactly heavy.
     
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    Careful with 300GB drives. The only ones I have found are 12mm high and won't fit. 250GB drives are 9.5mm high, which is what fits in a MacBook/MacBook Pro.
     
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    huh, I had no idea (since I couldn't find any on newegg or elsewhere), but that is good to know.
     
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    Or fast for that matter.
     
  22. unixfool macrumors 6502a

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    Or cheap, from what I understand.

    There's also the matter of how Windows will handle swap space. Swap space on a flash drive will eventually trash the drive. When I say eventually, its rather sooner than later. Swap space memory is usually in constant use, and flash memory rewrites are finite. The 1,000,000 write capacity will vanish quickly.
     

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