User install HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by manosaurus, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. manosaurus macrumors 6502

    manosaurus

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    #1
    Hey,

    I have a 2.16 MBP w/ a 120/5400 HD. I want to get a 160/7200.

    A mac center I called charges $90 to install the new HD.

    So, of course I was wondering can I do it myself? I have installed RAM tons of times (and I already have the tiny little phillips head :)) in my computers but have never done a HD. Plus the MBP HD is not "user servicable" like the MB as I understand it.

    I am sure that this would void warranty but I am sure that I could do it carefully. I just want to know if anyone here has done it themsleves. Is it worth the $90 or should I just do it?

    Also, would the 7200 be much louder than my 5400?

    TIA
     
  2. majordude macrumors 68020

    majordude

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    I just bought a 7200 RPM 200GB Hitachi and installed it myself (two weeks ago)...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=348699

    Piece of cake with my 17" MBP. The 15" Mac looks a bit harder because it has clips holding down the top cover where the 17" only has screws.

    15" discussion:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=351372

    Here is an online guide for doing it yourself:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacBook-Pro/Hard-Drive/85/5/

    I was going to pay someone to do it but they wanted $90 and a week to do it. I did it in 30 minutes.

    Plus my quality is probably better than most so I didn't scratch the case or strip the heads.

    You will need a Torx driver too.

    The 7200, to me, is very quite. Hitachi clams that it is as quite as the 5000 RPM units.

    I figured that if I ever need a repair I could swap the old drive back in and still be under warantee. :D
     
  3. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    California
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    yep i did it in a 15" and it wasnt bad, just know that the manuals out there
    are for the non SR mbp's

    ... for you is a good thing, .. on the new gen the bluetooth connection ontop of the hard dirve is completly different from the manual
     
  4. manosaurus thread starter macrumors 6502

    manosaurus

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  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

    squeeks

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    Florida
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    it requires a good deal of prying/pulling yes
     

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