WD My Passport Essential 500GB upgrade on my macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by adamkesher234, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. adamkesher234 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Hey guys, new here. I'm running out of space on my macbook which I purchased sometime mid-last year (Mac OSX 10.5.6, 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB with 160GB HHD) and I'm looking to upgrade the hard drive to a 500GB.

    I purchased a Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB portable hard drive (model: WD5000ME-01) and intend to make a copy of everything using superduper! then extract the hard drive out of the plastic case and replace the internal hard drive on my macbook. Here's the model I purchased:


    for a better view I think this is the same one (looks identical just in black though):

    Just wandering whether this model is compatible to be fitted inside a MacBook as I came across one website mentioning that "you can no longer disconnect the SATA to USB connector from the main harddrive because it is manufactured as one piece":


    Is this referring to my model? I just wanted to confirm before I began tearing up the case that it can be fitted for my MacBook. Otherwise, I'd like to take it back to the store intact as new and get it replaced for one that will work.

    Your knowledge would be appreciated, thanks in advance,

  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Yup, that's referring to your drive.

    WD changed their manufacturing process late 2008, and chances are your drive was made after that.
  3. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    damn, what a bummer. Well, thanks for the heads up. I probably would've gone ahead and opened the thing up and learnt the hard way. I'm in New Zealand and this is the store I bought it from:....say you wouldn't know if this model is compatible with the Macbook hardrive replace:


    it looks similar but has a "slanted" appearance to it. or is this model still incompatible for the harddrive replace? I know that the "slanted" looking western digital models are safe to do the replace but my model is more rounded if that's of any help. Please let me know if you know, I desperately need the space.

    Regards, Eugene
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Why don't you just buy an internal 500GB 2.5" SATA drive, and a cheap USB/FireWire external 2.5" drive enclosure?

    That'll solve all your issues, and probably come out cheaper in the end. I see the site you bought from doesn't sell any of the 500GB drives, but they're available from both Seagate and WD. I'm not sure if you have any other in-country online computer vendors over in NZ, but it'd be worth a look.
  5. lilchub101 macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    I did the same thing with my 250 gig but mine was an older one witch you could take the drive out of sorry
  6. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Sorry, that link to the dicksmithelectronics site wasn't to the right page. But that was the store I bought it from. I remember seeing this model at the store as well:


    but it was a 500GB one. This is the "slanted" design I was talking about. Will this model be compatible to be fitted in my mac? I know that my friend has done it with a western digital of this design but it wasn't a 500, but much smaller.

    I'm too lazy to buy the HD and enclosure separately:D I'll leave that as a last resort as the dse store is so close to my place haha.

    Would appreciate some feedback and hopefully your reply consists of saying that this model in 500Gb is compatible for the harddrive swap :)

    Thanks in advance, Eugene
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Assuming that 500GB model has a standard SATA connector on the inside, it should work.

    I maintain that you should just find a laptop 500GB drive and an external enclosure to avoid any headache if the design of the external drive has changed as with the other model type.
  8. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Hey thanks for the help, but I think I might just take the gamble and buy that model...might be kicking myself later on. But, if I do choose to but it separate, I found one listing on this auction site:


    is this one compatible? it seems to fit the description of one that would work in this scenario. Sorry for the number of questions, you've been a great help.

  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    That newest link would work perfectly, and it's cheaper in NZ dollars!

    I like how the seller told'cha the same thing in the comments about it working as well ;) :)

    Glad to be of help :)
  10. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    haha yeah thanks, well that's what I'll go for if I'm unable to get my money back for the WD that's sitting on my desk.

    Thanks for all the help.

    Cheers, Eug

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