Where can i buy a 500GB laptop hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by crazycat, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    My friend told me he saw somewhere about this new 500GB 5400 (i think) laptop hard drive for sale. He does not remember where he saw it, does anyone know where i can buy one?
  2. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    I could be wrong but I think it's two platters stacked on top of each other, and as such it's too big to fit into a MacBook or MacBook Pro, which presumably is what you'd want it for. The drive needs to be 9.5mm for either machine — the biggest so far is 320GB. I think 500GB drives in that size are due late Q2/Q3.
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Hitachi have one but its too thick for a macbook/pro/most laptops I'm guessing, however apparently (don't quote me on it) it does fit into a 17" Macbook Pro.

    Samsung are coming out with one which is normal size, so just hold on, itsa coming ;)
  4. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Yet to see a 500 GB hardrive which is small enough to fit into a MacBook Pro...
  5. dmarch macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    Big Sky, MT
    I just gave up this weekend and went for the Western Digital 320GB in my MPB.
  6. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Sorry this may sound a bit blaintantly obvious, but:

    ... the Apple Online Store ... ? .... Time Capsule ....? Thats a hard drive with 500GB and for laptops .....
  7. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I think this is what you need, not sure if you can buy it just yet though. Soon, soon! :) I want one too.
  8. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    I don't think they are on the market yet. Supposed to be closer to the end of the year.
  9. rlavalle macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    All the large laptop hard drives (250GB, 320GB) already have 2 platters and at 9.5mm all fit into MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

    The new 500GB laptop drives have 3 platters. Hitachi's, at 12.5mm, is too thick to fit in all but the 17" MacBook Pro.

    Samsung just released (to computer manufacturers only, for now) a 3 platter 500GB laptop drive that they managed to squeeze down to 9.5mm. So this will fit 15" and smaller MacBooks.
  10. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Presumably, he wants an internal 500 GB hard drive ;)
  11. dopeytree macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
    If the samsung disk is supposed to be shipping from march, where the f@*k is it!?!?

    I need one quickly! :D
  12. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
    Lots of incorrect info in this thread. The Samsung Spin Point M6 is a 3 platter 500gb laptop hard drive, it is 9.5 mm high and will fit into a MacBook Pro, it hasn't hit retail channels yet, was supposed to start shipping at the end of March. Hopefully it's coming real soon.
  13. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    So any new news on this 500GB internal HDD? I want one so that I can put one in my Macbook and another in my PS3.
  14. macdot macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
  15. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    Yeah 320GB laptop drives are pretty common now, but I figure if the Samsung 500GB is already OUT there and is just waiting to be released to the general public I might as well wait. But it was shipped to businesses in March and it's almost September so how much longer do you think we have to wait?
  16. jefferson52 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2008
    Actually, OWC has the 500GB 9.5mm Samsung Spinpoint M6
  17. dimonay macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Holy crap! What do you intend to do with your PS3 that makes you want to put a 500GB in it?!

    Anyways, here's the link to the 500GB harddrives: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/samsung+m6

    Does anyone know it compares (speed-wise) to a 320GB 7200RPM drive?
  18. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    LOL. Hey man, you never know. Lots of demos, movies, music, game installs, etc. I plan on keeping my PS3 for years and years so it's worth it to me.

    And btw, these are Do It Yourself kits - are they easy to do? Not very familiar with anything related to computers.
  19. dimonay macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Well they sell the bare drive itself, but I recommend getting the DIY kit so you can put your old hard drive in an external enclosure to use for other things.

    If you're not familiar with computers as much as replacing components of them, you probably shouldn't try replacing the hard drive, there are guides on how to replace the hard drive but if you mess something up that could mean a voided warranty.

    Have a look at this guide for replacing your hard drive in your Macbook, if it seems difficult then don't try it :D (http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacBook-Core-2-Duo/Hard-Drive-Replacement/116/5/).
  20. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It's a lot slower.
  21. dimonay macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Damn, looks like I'm getting the 7200RPM 320GB drive then...

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