Want to upgrade HDD in SR MBP. Any Help?

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  1. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    I want to put a 200GB 7200RPM Hitachi Travelstar HDD in my Santa Rosa MacBook Pro. I currenly have the 160GB 5400 RPM Model, however want something Bigger, as well as faster.

    I know that installing my own HDD will void my warrenty, Im not really too worried about it. Are their any good guides or help out there on doing this for the SR MBP?

    Thanks all. Plus, what are your expirances, if any.
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    www.ifixit.com has all of the mac guides you will ever need for anything

    and its not that hard, the most tricky part is willing up the courage to pry the keyboard tray off, then exerting the force to snap it back into place..and you will need a #0 phillips screwdriver and a #6 torx bit

    other than that its pretty easy
     
  3. antibact1 macrumors 6502

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    Buy a large capacity portable drive. Get more capacity and save yourself a big hassle and a void warranty.
     
  4. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    no one is really 100% sure on the warranty thing though, it might not actually void your warranty unless you break something installing it

    i have three externals and i still love having the extra internal space
     
  5. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    I bought a 500 Gb WD My Book Pro yesterday, however, I was able to locate my drive of choice (WD scorpio 250 Gb) and would have bought it and installed it myself (greedy apple tech wants $160 to do it, another $100 to image it) and put the old one in an external to transfer, but I didn't have the right screw drivers and couldn't find any in the stores around.
     
  6. antibact1 macrumors 6502

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    I can 100% guarantee you if your computer breaks and you don't have a stock hard drive in it, they will say that had something to do with it and your warranty is void. Companies try and use any excuse they possibly can to get out of providing warranty service - why give them an actual reason when external space is so cheap, and you're only gaining an extra 40GB.
     
  7. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    then you just save the old HD and put it back:p

    but yeah to him its only 40gig, jumping up 90gig for me was a better step
     
  8. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

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    You could take it to a certified technician (this includes most resellers that provide these services), they usually do it for like $30-50 and they won't void your warranty since they're Apple certified. Otherwise iFixIt, as posted above, has excellent guides. MacSales.com (OWC) also has video tutorials on swapping the hard drive in nearly every Mac model.
     

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