which Hard drive and will it fit in?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by killme, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. killme macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2009
    Hi everyone.
    I have a rare model i think:eek:
    its the MacBook 5,1 its the alluminum unibody macbook NOT pro ((late 2008 i bougth it in May 2009)) 13.3 core 2 duo 2.4 ghz 4gb ram no firewire no SD slot.
    now a days you just see a macbook pro 13 or a macbook white but no macbook 13 al unibody u.u

    it has the original 250GB toshiba 5400rpm Hard drive and im in need of more storage space, i have 3 options OR you can make a suggestion if you want

    i dont know if i should go for a

    1tb 5200rpm 8mb cache western digital
    640gb 5400rpm 8mb cache samsung
    or some 500gb 7200rpm 16mb cache Hard drive

    and for the 1TB this is something im worried in case i decide for that one
    its posted on the WD site, i dont know if it would fit in my macbook

    1 TB models are 12.5 mm high and may not be compatible with all notebook systems. Consult system specifications for maximum allowable drive height before attempting to install.:(

    i want the 1tb for the storage BUT it would be slower than the 500Gb 7200rpm, BUT the 500gb 7200rpm woul be noisy and more battery eater

    thats my dilema i need more space but i need all the battery i can get and i dont want a slow machine, tons of time to boot:confused:.

    here are the links of the hdd i saw but youre welcome to recommend the ones you think:)



    THANKS :):apple::apple::apple::apple::apple:
  2. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    I am almost certain the MBP hard drives can't be higher than 9.5 mm, which means you can't use the 1 tb model.
    I would go for the 500 gb 7200 rpm drive if I was you.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    All unibody MacBooks and MBPs can take 12.5mm drives (link1 link2). Amazon has it for the best price.

    If you need a lot internal storage, that's your best bet. Of course 7200rpm drive would be faster but if you're fine with your current, there is no need for it. One option is to replace your SuperDrive with SSD for extreme speeds.
  4. Gold89 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2008
  5. sMiK macrumors regular


    May 8, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    Just take 500GB or 750GB 2.5" Drive, and I think 5400 will be fine, when I had my 7200 I was unhappy with the amount of noise it made comparing to 5400, and the performance difference is nowhere near +20%, I produce audio with Logic Pro, and believe me it doesn't hurt with 5400. ;)
  6. killme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2009
    ok, i dont have a MBP i have a plain macbook NOT the white one, so i think its the same body structure CASE of a 13 MBP i think?
    so if the 1tb 5200rpm its only a 20% slower than the 7200rpm but it consumes less battery power and less noise and more storage, sice as sMik says it wouldnt hurt... so im thinking getting the 1tb definately a SSD is out of my budget and it would be really really fast but i think the 256Gb its around 600bucks and my hdd is 250gb BUT i need more space u.u

    saying its true that it wouldnt be THAT loud a 7200rpm
    but higher speed = more battery i think?

    so its a fact that the 12.5mm will fit in my mac?:confused:

    its so hardd for me to choose onee:eek:
    vote people.
    1tb 5200rpm 8mb cache or 500gb 7200rpm 16mb cache
    please consider the battery life, noise, speed and storage!
    and if its true that a 12.5mm will fit in my MacBook 5,1 (late 2008) check it with Mactracker


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