URGENT Hard Drive Help Needed For 17" UMBP!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bazzy, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Bazzy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Hi All,

    I have a June 2010 17" 2.66 i7 UMBP. I need to buy an external HD ASAP (1TB) by GMT lunch time today. I have no idea generally on HD's & get confused what to get as the choices are so many.

    I would like to eventually replace the existing internal HD (500GB) with a 1TB one & would like to use the one I will buy today which I will have to use as an external one for backing up for the time being.

    I know some Western Digital Passport drives use to fit in the non Unibody ones but am not sure if they will fit in the 17" UMBP's. There are so many WD drives (& other makes) so I do not want to make a costly mistake. Can some please very kindly let me know of a decent external HD that will later fit in my notebook & at a good price?

    I am really pushed for time & quite flustered so please help if you can!!

  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    You have to make sure you get a 2.5" and 9mm tall drive.

    There's only a couple drives that will do the trick. One of them is a Western Digital My Passport drive.

    I can't remember the exact model number, you'll have to look it up.
  3. Bazzy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    Thanks for the input - I think I read somewhere that the UMBP's can take 12.5mm tall drives - is that true? If so, which ones in external form can be later used to install inside a 17" UMBP?

  4. Bebel macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Yes, your MBP will accept the 12.5mm drives. The 1TB drive will work fine, but it's pretty slow compared to other drives out there. Just buy the barebones 1TB WD drive and an enclosure, if you're worried about compatibility.

    If you want speed, then get one of WD Scorpio Blacks and an enclosure.

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