Upgraded the HD in my 17" i7

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  1. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    I couldn't see the reason of paying Apple $50 to upgrade my HD to 7200rpm when I could do it myself. So this is what I did...

    I went out and bought a 320gb 7200rpm drive with 16mb cache for $69.99. I also bought a 2.5" SATA drive enclosure for $9.99. I pulled the stock 500gb 5400rpm drive and put it in the enclosure. So for about $80, I now have a faster drive in my mac AND I have an external drive to use for Time Machine backups or whatever I might choose to do with it.
     

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  2. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    I ordered that same enclosure and a 1tb drive for my 17 MBP.
     
  3. gooter80 macrumors member

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    I plan on doing the exact same thing. I have never done it before but from what I've heard/read it's fairly straight forward.
     
  4. tekmoe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Very simple. Watch this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKMBMd6kuWg
     
  5. Rm.237 macrumors 6502

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    I remember when I was little I used to try and emulate my father who is a Honda mechanic. I would try taking my bike apart and put it back together just to see if I could and maybe impress my dad in the process. That all stopped when I was riding one day and my front wheel came undone from the frame as I forgot a necessary bolt when putting the wheel back on. What followed was pain.

    In other news I ordered my 15-inch i7 high Res MBP the other day. Went ahead and spent an extra $50 on the HARD DRIVE 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200. Money well spent if you ask me.
     
  6. gooter80 macrumors member

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    Great video, thanks! My main concern is installing osx on the new drive, since I will be doing this as soon as I get the laptop and wont have anything to transfer I have heard it is as easy as putting in the disks.
     
  7. auero macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking into doing this soon but I want to get the 1TB drive. 500GB doesn't cut it for me really but the drive is a tad expensive.
     
  8. tekmoe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I bought the 320gb just because 500gb is pretty much overkill for me. I do a pretty good job at archiving my data so I don't use a whole lot of disk space.

    This is how I see it: Spend $50 to have Apple upgrade your 500gb drive from 5400rpm to 7200rpm. Or spend about $100 to upgrade your 500gb drive from 5400rpm to 7200rpm yourself and you get to keep your 5400rpm drive that came with the computer. It's a no brainer. And changing the drive is probably the easiest it has ever been in a Mac notebook. Anyone remember what it was like to change a drive in a PowerBook? Talk about a pain in the ass...
     
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    who makes this 1TB drive? and what speed is it?
     
  10. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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  11. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    ^^^^^
    It is actually 5200 RPM (which is sort of odd), but it is across 3 platters and so that should speed things up a bit.
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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  13. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Actually, it is just one disk. Then follow the instructions. Cake.
     
  14. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    It's especially cost-efficient on the 13", because the upgrade costs about 150$. So I save 40$ and get an extra hard drive by doing it myself.
     
  15. jkester macrumors member

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    In my i7 17" I've got 512GB internal SSD and I swapped the optical drive out for the WD 1TB. It's really simple and it's awesome.
     
  16. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    ^^^^^
    How do you like the WD 1TB drive? I've been thinking about potentially getting that as well.
     
  17. jkester macrumors member

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    I like it a lot. In my old MBP I had a 7200RPM 500GB Seagate, and I frankly haven't noticed a difference in speed between it and the 1TB WD. It's 5200RPM, but it's got 333GB per platter so it's actually fast. I keep all my apps and my Aperture Library on the 512GB SSD, and iTunes all my videos on the WD 1TB. It's working great.
     
  18. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

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    Plan on doing basically the same

    Replacing the HDD in my MBP 15 when it comes should be a lot easier then what I plan to do with the drive that comes with the drive in MBP. I plan on putting it in my mac mini it can be a total pain in the ass to open and then taking that drive reformatting it and using it for backups...
     

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