Upgrading MBP to Scorpio Blue - my experience

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  1. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I decided to upgrade the 160 GB 4400 HD in my 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor - Santa Rosa 17" MacBook Pro

    After looking around, I narrowed my choices to:

    Scorpio Black - 320 GB 7200
    Scorpio Blue - 500 GB 5400

    After reading a number of reviews comparing the two like this one, I decided to go with the Scorpio Blue

    I followed this installation video and it was spot on

    I only needed 2 tools:

    #00 Philllips screwdriver
    #T6 Torx screwdriver

    I got them in a precision tool kit at my local Lowes home improvement store
    I was surprised that Radio Shack didn't have anything close to help me

    The installation went off without any issues whatsoever
    I watched the video and just followed it without a single hiccup

    Once the hard drive was installed, I popped in my Leopard disk and used it to access my Time Machine backup on my 1TB Western Digital MyBook
    It restored flawlessly, and I was in business quickly and effortlessly

    From there, I proceeded to restore my Boot Camp partition
    That was a different story, and I will make a separate thread about that
    Suffice it to say, it was a little challenging, but I learned a lot


    So far, the Scorpio Blue is wicked fast for me
    I would recommend it to anyone looking for an upgrade


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  2. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I hear great things about that drive.

    Did you have difficulty prying off the top case? That is always the hardest part when opening up a prev gen MBP.
     
  3. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    Not at all... once I got all of the screws out! :)
    I left 4 in and was struggling till I finally realized what I had done :eek:

    The installation was simple, straightforward and if I can do it... anybody can
    The video is simple to follow

    It was well worth the upgrade!

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Must just be me then, because I always have to pull really hard in order to get the top case off from the front of the MBP near the latch area.
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I did too.
     
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  7. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    I can tell a big difference on booting up
    It is quick, quiet and seems to be running very cool

    I wasn't expecting much of a performance increase... just size
    But I have been pleasantly surprised by the speed

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. sm0 macrumors regular

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    sounds like a great drive - best price point atm.

    have you noticed any vibration or clicking?

    i'd be keen to hear from someone who has upgraded to the blue scorpio from the standard unibody drives. is the speed bump significant?

    cheers
     
  9. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    Actually... no

    It has been very quiet and solid
    It is quite an upgrade from the 160 GB 4400 Fujitsu

    I will be putting the old drive in an external enclosure and using it for a backup disk

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  10. iammike1 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, I had no idea the 160GB was only 4400 RPM.
     
  11. Ploki macrumors 68020

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    congrats!
    i have the black one. :)
    great disks, all my disks are WD
     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    That video made it look real easy. I wish the MacMini was that easy. I'm terrified to do it. :(
     
  13. MacDawg thread starter macrumors P6

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    It was far easier than I thought, because I usually find a way to screw things up
    The video was excellent, and there were no surprises along the way

    Don't get me wrong, I like surprises, but not when I am upgrading my HD

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    That site has a Mac Mini Ram install. Based on the video I'd have to say it's the earlier model Mac Mini but it looks less daunting in the video. So thanks for linking the video because once I get the 250 GB HDD I just bought I think I'll do the RAM and HDD upgrade at the same time.
     

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