User install HD?

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

  1. manosaurus macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2006

    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?

  2. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    I just bought a 7200 RPM 200GB Hitachi and installed it myself (two weeks ago)...

    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:

    Here is an online guide for doing it yourself:

    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

    Jun 26, 2007
    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


    Aug 22, 2006
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    it requires a good deal of prying/pulling yes

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