White Unibody Hard Drive Upgrade

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  1. clindner macrumors regular

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    Does the new plastic unibody Macbook have the same restrictions on the height of the hard drive that the old Macbooks had?

    I am thinking of getting one of these and putting a 1 TB drive in it if possible.

    If it has a drive height restriction, I may go with the Macbook Pro instead.
     
  2. clindner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know the answer to this question?
     
  3. clindner thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm surprised that no one here has a white unibody and looked into this.

    I'm really wanting to jump on the Microcenter deal before it expires, but I want to be able to put a 12.5 mm HD into it.
     
  4. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    My educated guess based off of holding the new MacBook and knowing that it is thicker than the aluminum uniday, I would say yes.

    I can try this out for you on Thursday.
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    There are no TB laptop drives. Any TB drive is a 3.5" drive, laptop drives are 2.5", it doesn't matter how thick the drive is.

    The biggest laptop drive out there is 640GB.
     
  6. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Western Digital makes a 12.5mm 1TB 2.5" laptop drive.....
     
  7. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    There are 2.5" 1TB drives out there, they're just too thick to fit into most laptops. They're mostly used as externals right now.

    640GB is your max at the moment.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Oh nice. Then that means we're very close to a TB drive that will fit in a Mac laptop!
     
  9. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    I wonder if the 12.5mm thick drives actually do fit in the 15" or 17" MacBook Pros. I tried googling it but I keep reading both yes and no. Anyone know for sure?
     
  10. clindner thread starter macrumors regular

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    This was the reason I had asked the question. You see both answers.

    I think on the aluminum unibody side of things, the ones with removable batteries are definitely big enough for a 12.5 mm height drive. I think when they came out with the new batteries with integrated batteries, the reduced the height accordingly.

    So, for the plastic unibody, I saw a mention somewhere that the larger drive might fit, but no definitive answer.
     
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  12. okatidubi macrumors regular

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    I asked the exact same question on iFixit and they said only the 9.5mm will fit.
     
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