Using a portable external as an internal HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ritmomundo, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

    ritmomundo

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    I have a 750gb Western Digital portable HDD that I'd like to install in my old 13" late 2008 unibody MacBook. Would this drive work? I don't want to open it and ruin it completely. Do portable external drives normally have the 2.5" and SATA setup inside?
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Probably not. WD started using drives with customised interface boards that are missing the usual SATA ports a while back.
     
  3. Athonline macrumors member

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    Nope. Instead of ruining your external drive you can get a brand new 2,5" drive really cheap this day! Your external prob. will be 5400 RPM and with custom interface built above the SATA, for £30-50 you can get 500Gb 2,5" drive at 5400RPM or 7200RPM (depending how important speed is for you).
     
  4. ritmomundo thread starter macrumors 68000

    ritmomundo

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    Thanks for the replies. Now I'll look into buying an internal HDD. Maybe even get a SSD. I was just wondering if it was even possible since I've got this extra WD external lying around.
     

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