WD My Passport Essential SE 1tb - 12.5mm?

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  1. Taheen99 macrumors newbie

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    I'm wondering if anybody has used this hard drive as an internal drive for their uMBP. I'm asking because I'm having a bit of a problem finding out of it is a 12.5mm drive or not, figured if it was somebody here would be using it.

    Not a bad price for a 1tb drive, and a case to put the old hard drive into.

    http://www.frys.com/product/6067238?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    As of right now, all 1TB 2.5" HDDs are 12.5mm high and only the 17" uMBP is confirmed to be able to accommodate the size. As far as I know at least.
     
  3. ayeying macrumors 601

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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.
     
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    The white Unibody MacBooks too?

    And thanks for clarifying that.
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    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)
     
  6. thebeautyisfake macrumors regular

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    Only buy a WD drive if you enjoy things not working.
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    All my drives are WD and works fine?
     
  8. thebeautyisfake macrumors regular

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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.
     
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    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?
     
  10. thebeautyisfake macrumors regular

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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.
     
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    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.
     
  12. MBPLurker macrumors member

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    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.
     
  13. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Erm.... LaCie doesn't make hard drives, just hard drive enclosures.
     
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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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    That is correct, I just wanted to make my point a bit more clear.

    I think the actual HDD was either a Seagate or Hitachi, but it was over a year ago, so I don't really know anymore.
     
  17. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    A year ago it would have been Seagate... Absolute shock that one failed...
     
  18. Taheen99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    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.
     
  20. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    People need to get over this HDD thing. All drives fail.

    Back up your stuff.
     
  21. elmerc macrumors newbie

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    WD HD in Macbook Pro

    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.
     
  22. dreamsandart macrumors member

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    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... :)
     
  23. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  24. GuitarManEsus7 macrumors newbie

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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)
     
  25. DJ-R macrumors regular

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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).
     

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