upgrade harddrive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BollywooD, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. BollywooD macrumors 6502

    BollywooD

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    I just bought a base model 13" MacBook Pro, and would like to upgrade the HDD myself..... will this void the warranty?

    if not, what do I need to look for? I would like >320GB, but dont know the specs for the drive that is compatible. Does anyone have any preferences for drive brands?


    also saw in another thread, someone said that their 7200rpm drive was causing vibrations.... so id probably go with a 5400rpm


    thanks in advance.:)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    My understanding is that the HD is user serviceable and will not void the warranty, but you will get varying opinions here from time to time. Your best bet is to confirm with Apple directly if you have any questions. They won't take our word for it when the time comes ;)

    Any 2.5" SATA drive should be fine

    I have the WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB 5400 and highly recommend it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. BollywooD thread starter macrumors 6502

    BollywooD

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    Many thanks, for the speedy reply!
     
  4. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    Will 7200 be a noticeable difference from 5400, just using Safari, iPhoto, iTunes, etc?
     
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Not really. Maybe one bounce faster, but in terms of real-life performance, you won't notice anything. If you're planning on upgrading, I'd recommend the Western Digital as well.
     
  6. BollywooD thread starter macrumors 6502

    BollywooD

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    Done - thanks for your input, the drive runs great!

    I went down to my local computer store, picked up the drive, and an external enclosure for the stock drive for $145CAD, also needed to get some torx screwdriver for $30 from canadian tire.


    super easy!
    :D
     
  7. Razeus macrumors 603

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    I'm donig the 7200RPM upgrade because I use iTunes ALOT (140GB of Music) and I seem to beachball everytime I switch tracks. I know iTunes is in need of a Snow Leopard treatment (slim it down), but a couple seconds of hesitation then beachballing for a couple of more to switch tracks is nuts)
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Excellent and congratulations!
    Having the original in a slim external enclosure is an added bonus for me!

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. drake macrumors 6502a

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    You paid $30 for the torx screwdriver?? They're about $4.
     
  10. BollywooD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I brought a set of 30 different screwdrivers - it has a lot of other hard to find sizes included.
    :)
     

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