WD My Passport Essential SE 1tb - 12.5mm?


ayeying

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You cannot take apart one of those and put it into a laptop. The connectors don't match.

And all Unibody MacBook/MacBook Pros can handle the 12.5mm drives.
 

ayeying

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The white Unibody MacBooks too?

And thanks for clarifying that.
Should be, its similar to the 13" MacBook Pro internally. But I'm not 100% sure. I am sure for the Unibody MacBook 13", Unibody MacBook Pro 13/15/17" and Discrete 17" MacBook Pro (I got one installed right now)
 

thebeautyisfake

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All my drives are WD and works fine?
Saying a general statement yet ending it with a question mark?
You're a lucky boy. Every WD drive I have ever purchased (from a magnitude of retailers) have always given me terrible performance and just eventually died from minimal, basic use. They're a shoddy company and I would recommend everybody steer clear.
 

spinnerlys

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Saying a general statement yet ending it with a question mark?
You're a lucky boy. Every WD drive I have ever purchased (from a magnitude of retailers) have always given me terrible performance and just eventually died from minimal, basic use. They're a shoddy company and I would recommend everybody steer clear.
I have 12 WD HDDs (My Studio 1TB edition) at work, and 2 of those at home.
I also bought one LaCie for work.

Guess which of those drives failed....







Right, it was the LaCie.

All the WD HDDs work fine, one had a corrupt partition table once, but that may be due to the constant read and write activity they are exposed to, as they store TBs of video data that is used daily in an Avid Media Composer environment.

Every HDD has some kind of failure rate, maybe you got a bad batch?
 

thebeautyisfake

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Every HDD has some kind of failure rate, maybe you got a bad batch?
Must've had a lot of bad batches considering I had a few USB ones too :p
I guess I was unlucky, but it's unfortunately an experience I am not willing to forget! I'm happy with any other brand.
 

spinnerlys

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Must've had a lot of bad batches considering I had a few USB ones too :p
I guess I was unlucky, but it's unfortunately an experience I am not willing to forget! I'm happy with any other brand.
The WD HDDs I spoke of use FW800, so maybe they had better quality control, but I doubt that.

The IBM Deskstar series of HDDs some years ago had the nickname of DeathStars as they failed a lot, but the HDDs before that series were fine.

So maybe you got some kind of bad batch of a bad series.

But Seagate and Hitachi are quite good, so one can choose from more than one vendor anyway.
 

MBPLurker

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Must've had a lot of bad batches considering I had a few USB ones too :p
I guess I was unlucky, but it's unfortunately an experience I am not willing to forget! I'm happy with any other brand.
You were unlucky. I've had a half-dozen WD internals and externals. All are still working perfectly (even the two 10k rpm Raptors that get worked out daily). I've heard wayyy worse things about the recent Seagate batches.
 

Silencer

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I recently bought the portable Western digital passport 500gb with firewire. Works like a charm although I needed to format it so I can back up my ageing pc. Speed and transfer rates are good. Firewire transfer rates are even better.



I was shocked about the size of this thing lol. Now I am patiently waiting for a macbook pro refresh.
 

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Taheen99

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I appreciate the help, I didn't realize the newer externals are built differently from the ones I'm used to where you can just pop open the case and it's just a standard 2.5" plugged into an adapter board.

I ended up picking up a Scorpio Blue 640Gb and 4gb of 1333mhz ram. The drive has been dead quiet and working like a champ.
 

miles01110

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You're a lucky boy. Every WD drive I have ever purchased (from a magnitude of retailers) have always given me terrible performance and just eventually died from minimal, basic use. They're a shoddy company and I would recommend everybody steer clear.
I haven't had any more or less problems with WD than any other manufacturer. As long as the drive has a 5-year warranty and you keep backups, you might as well just go for the lowest price you can afford. All drives will fail.
 

elmerc

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WD HD in Macbook Pro

You cannot take apart one of those and put it into a laptop. The connectors don't match.

And all Unibody MacBook/MacBook Pros can handle the 12.5mm drives.
Where are you getting this information? All my research has pointed me to facts that contradict both of your claims. The hard 12.5mm will NOT fit Macbook Pro 13 or 15. The connectors are of course the same, right? It's all SATA.
 

dreamsandart

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Saying a general statement yet ending it with a question mark?
You're a lucky boy. Every WD drive I have ever purchased (from a magnitude of retailers) have always given me terrible performance and just eventually died from minimal, basic use. They're a shoddy company and I would recommend everybody steer clear.
So what HD do you recommend? Am thinking seriously of the WD 500GB Blue as most everyone using it say its dependable and fast even if only 5400rpm, but am open to suggestions... :)
 

fehhkk

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I heard those WD Passport drives have a USB interface board soldered to the drive, so no, you cannot take the drive apart. Sucks.
 

GuitarManEsus7

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I just joined this board and this is my first post... just to say that I bought a WD Passport Essential SE 1TB, took it apart, and found out that fehhkk was right. There is a built-in USB port on the hard drive itself, with no serial connection. It's also much thicker than regular laptop harddrives (probably 12.5mm)
 

DJ-R

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All External and Internal purchase are all same. The price different is the Interface + Enclosure case.

WD maybe a bit different, Portable external won't have the switch (pins).