Will any of these internal drives work with my MacBook Pro?

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  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Those are all 3.5" desktop size hard drives. You need a 2.5" laptop drive.

    It's also possible that some of the super high capacity 2.5" drives will be too thick to fit into your MBP.
     
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    You need 2.5" S-ATA HDDs with a maximum height of 12.5 mm.

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)
     
  4. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bummer Amazon dose not offer any that fits the required 2.5 can someone recommend one to buy that is cheap? 2TB or 3TB would be great.
     
  5. ahdickter macrumors 6502

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    This list should do it:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000953331

    3TB 2.5" HDD will certainly not be cheap if possible to find.

    Good luck!
     
  6. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I already own 1TB drive but want to get 2TB and from the list most of the 2TB drives are 3.5 and not 2.5 :(

    So if this won't work out for me is their a way to move only my ios app's to my external drive since they use the most space or can I remove bootcamp and reinstall on a external drive?
     
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    There are no 3 TB 2.5" HDDs out there as of now and as far as I know.
    There are 2 TB 2.5" HDDs out there, but they are 15 mm high, thus might be a bit too big to properly fit them, but some have had success with them.
    What about using an Optibay adapter with another 1 TB 2.5" HDD with a maximum height of 9.5 mm?

    And do you need that much data all the time on your internal HDD? Can an external USB 3.0 or Firewire 800 or Thunderbolt HDD enclosure with a 3.5" HDD complement your storage needs?
     
  8. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah an external would do but I would need to bring the external drive everywere with me and having it on a internal is more conviented as a external drive requires power outlet.
     
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    WD has a 2 TB Firewire 800 2.5" HDD, which does not require extra power, as it can be powered by the Firewire bus.
     
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    I don't understand why you don't want to carry external HDD, it is so ultraportable I carry it with my MBPr everywhere everyday. :apple:
     
  11. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    its just another power cord that I need to carry around.
     
  12. simsaladimbamba

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    Unless you get one of those 2.5" external HDDs, which only need one cable, the one from the USB or Firewire or Thunderbolt interface on the HDD to the USB or Firewire or Thunderbolt interface on your Mac.
     
  13. user1234 macrumors regular

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    I got a WD Passport Essential with USB 3.0 a couple of years ago. As has previously been stated, 2.5 inch external drives are bus powered and do not need additional power supplies.

    Mine is giving me write speeds of about 92 MB/s, and read speeds around 94 MB/s over USB 3.0. They are probably faster now.

    It's small, it's portable, and they are available in sizes up to 2TB (although the 2TB version is a bit bigger). I can really recommend this drive. There are also other manufacturers out there who makes great drives.

    Link to the manufacturers website:
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=640

    1TB on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Drive-Storage/dp/B006Y5UV4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370260724&sr=8-2&keywords=wd+my+passport

    2TB on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Drive-Storage/dp/B005HMKKH4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370260724&sr=8-1&keywords=wd+my+passport


    The only problem I have found is that they automatically sleep after a certain period of time, but this can be changed with the WD SmartWare software.
     
  14. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    We all have to face the fact that laptops are made for portability.....not large storage. It is a basic design tradeoff. On the desktop you can hook up huge storage via thunderbolt, FW, and/or USB. So learn to take only the critical data you need in the field and leave room on the internal drives to create/capture more.

    If you want to carry lots of music with you, rip the music to Itunes and put it in on your iPhone. I carry several hundred CDs worth on my Iphone at all times. I can play the music at locations where would not have access to a laptop. At home my music and photo libraries are sitting on external drives and are backed up to Time Capsule.
     
  15. cube macrumors G5

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    There are two 1.5TB internal hard drives you can choose from.
     
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    I see I bought Seagate GoFlex ultra portable HDD with USB 3.0 and 2.0 plus Firewire 800 and it does not need external power supply. It needs juicy from my MBP. :apple:
     

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