Upgrading New Aluminum Macbook Hardrive

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  1. Draumo macrumors newbie

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    If I were to buy one of the new unibody Macbooks and just got the default hardware configuration would I be able to buy a bigger 7200rpm Hardrive from say Newegg or something and install it myself. Or does the unibody pose a problem?... i.e. not being able to install new hardware.
     
  2. nope7308 macrumors 65816

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    All you have to do is remove a single screw and then pop the HD out. It's a piece of cake.

    Make sure you get an HD that's the appropriate size and some people have complained about excessive vibration with the 7200rpm, so keep that in mind.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    A quick search would reveal that this is very possible and countless others have done so already. Also, a search on Apple's support site would provide documentation on the Unibody MacBooks and explain, in detail, how one would be able to swap a hard drive. Just make sure it's a 2.5" SATA HDD with a maximum thickness of 9.5 mm
     
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  5. Draumo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I think I might just go with a 5400rpm 500GB or something. The heat/battery consumption completely skipped my mind.
     
  6. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my new 500gb samsung and it is quiter then the stock unit or my 320 wd.
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    For current 500GB models, there is only 5400RPM. for 7200RPM, the biggest available is 320GB.
     
  8. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Not too much longer. Seagate has a 500GB 7200rpm model coming out in the coming few weeks. Also, I saw something on InsanelyMac that said the Unibody machines could fit 12.5mm high drives.

    Lastly, has anyone who's done it confirm whether or not you need a torx screwdriver to get the old drive out? I've heard mixed comments on this one.
     
  9. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    OO Philips does the job to remove bracket you need a torx to remove the 4 screws attached to the original HDD to your replacement drive.
     
  10. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Specifically a Torx-6. They're four mounting screws that hold the drive in place inside the MB.
     
  11. ayeying macrumors 601

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    The new Unibody can fit 12.5mm drives. I notice putting in regular 9.5mm size drives seems a bit small compared to the battery next to it.
     
  12. scoobierules macrumors member

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    I am having no luck finding a 500gb hd for my macbook pro. Can anyone post a link? Thanks in advance!!
     
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  15. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    There are plenty of 500GB 5400 rpm drives. WD and Seagate make one to name a few. If you're looking for a 500GB 7200 rpm drive however, that's still in the works (though a Seagate one is scheduled to be out soonish). Next time though, be more specific in what it is you're looking for to avoid confusion and get the best help possible.
     

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