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augustus hill
14th January 2008, 05:31 PM
hi, i want to buy a new hard drive for my macbook pro and i was just wondering what is the price most apple resellers charge to do this.

thanks

james the 2nd
14th January 2008, 05:47 PM
Pick a hard drive and installation is usually around $60 on top of that.

For data transfer add around a further $120. Which is a lengthy process.

(A quote I received by a reseller back in august)

augustus hill
14th January 2008, 05:52 PM
so is that with choosing one of there drives?
because i wanna buy my own (a wd scorpio 320gb drive from newegg) and then when it comes just get someone to install it.

thorevenge
14th January 2008, 05:54 PM
Probably $60-120 as mentioned.

Currawong
14th January 2008, 06:01 PM
I think that 320Gb drive is a 3.5 inch drive for a desktop computer, not a laptop. The largest laptop drives are 250Gb 2.5 inch.

vicmeldrew
14th January 2008, 06:05 PM
http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377

Huy
14th January 2008, 06:10 PM
Yeah the 320GB's are the biggest 2.5" SATAs now.

500 is coming soon (Samsung). I think it was March (saw it on Engadget).

I wouldn't feel comfortable installing a hdd into a MBP, so I'd pay someone to do it.

ethania05
14th January 2008, 06:32 PM
Im thinking about geting a 250gb or a 320gb int my mbp as well, not entirely sure however if a 320gb will support it. Anyone know of any in the inner city, western suburbs that do this and are reliable?

Huy
14th January 2008, 06:37 PM
320GB will work.

ethania05
14th January 2008, 06:41 PM
320GB will work.

So then I guess its just finding a reliable service centre that will do it at the price mentioned above.

If anyone knows a place then let me know. I would guess installing anything into a mbp would be a bit of a nightmare and voiding the warranty isnt something i want to do...not worth it! :thumbdn:

TheMountainGoat
14th January 2008, 07:00 PM
This is not for the faint hearted though.

It is not too hard to do the job yourself, if you have some knowledge of taking machines to pieces; the hardest thing is not destroying your fingers on the aluminum case, as in parts it can be a little sharp, or destroying your warranty.

I have recently done this to my MBP, and it took me about an hour, with the take apart guide, though I probably can't tell you where to get one of these from on the forum. At times, I am a bit lax checking the forum, so if you want any more information on the process, send me an e-mail.

Huy
14th January 2008, 07:05 PM
ifixit.com if you want to do it yourself, but looking at the guide, it is not for the faint hearted as said.

Alec Fraser
14th January 2008, 07:06 PM
320GB will work.

Okay, how about in an MB Core2Duo?

Huy
14th January 2008, 07:11 PM
I don't see why it wouldn't?

I have a 160GB in my original Core Duo MB.

Pretty sure the 250GB and 320 will work too. It is SATA2 but it's backwards compatible to the 1.5Gbit (SATA 1) spec.

james the 2nd
14th January 2008, 07:12 PM
Lots of good info on how to diy for anyone so inclined on this thread:

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/showthread.php?t=40855

Byrd
14th January 2008, 07:13 PM
It'll be fine!

All new Intel Macs support 48-bit LBA, which in theory support devices up to 144 petabytes (144 000 000 gigabytes)!

http://www.48bitlba.com/

... might be a couple of weeks before the hard disk manufacturers release one this size though ... :p

JB

Keving
14th January 2008, 07:18 PM
I asked Infinity Systems on a price check of getting a Travelstar E7K200 put into my MBP and they said about $500 including everything for the 200gig version, why does this seem expensive to me..

Huy
14th January 2008, 07:21 PM
Was it a 7200rpm? That could be it.

Those drives are about $200-250 on their own (200GB 2.5" SATA, 7200rpm) but the installation should NOT be that expensive (the other $250 odd).

If anything you should be quoted something like $300-350 including the drive and installation/labour.

Keving
14th January 2008, 07:25 PM
Was it a 7200rpm? That could be it.

Those drives are about $200-250 on their own (200GB 2.5" SATA, 7200rpm) but the installation should NOT be that expensive (the other $250 odd).

If anything you should be quoted something like $300-350 including the drive and installation/labour.

Specs are:

Size: 2.5 inches
Capacities: 200 GB
160 GB
120 GB
Speed: 7,200 RPM
Interfaces: SATA 1.5 GB/s
SATA 3 GB/s
Seek Time: 10 ms

It's a beast.

Alec Fraser
14th January 2008, 07:28 PM
It is a beast! I'm contemplating going with either a huge 5400rpm or a not so huge 7200rpm. I'll obviously get better performance out of the 7200rpm but I dunno if I want to lose the batter life...

Keving
14th January 2008, 07:30 PM
It is a beast! I'm contemplating going with either a huge 5400rpm or a not so huge 7200rpm. I'll obviously get better performance out of the 7200rpm but I dunno if I want to lose the batter life...

I never consider battery life much - maybe i should... i normally take two batterys to Uni, kill the first one and get halfway thru the second one in a days work of multimedia stuff...

But i could just take the power cord as well just in case :D i use my MBP as my desktop comp as well so more speed from it the better.. think i'll get the $500 upgrade this month..

Currawong
14th January 2008, 08:26 PM
I have the 200Gb 7200rpm Hitachi installed and it's both silent and hasn't decreased battery life to any degree that I am capable of noticing. I watched about 3 hours of movies on the train to Tokyo without needing to plug in. They also benchmark as quick as a desktop hard drive, with up to 70MB/sec transfers. Definitely very worth getting.

Alec Fraser
14th January 2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks Currawong! That's exactly the sort of thing I wanted to hear :D

Keving
14th January 2008, 11:24 PM
Same, taking mine in next week.

trailblazer
15th January 2008, 11:53 AM
I can do HD installs for anyone in Syd... PM me if interested!

Wally
15th January 2008, 12:08 PM
I have installed a Western Digital 250GB HDD into my MacBook,

Works very well, its a very similar story to Currawongs, except I have noticed a battery life increase probably around 30 mins or so.

Huy
15th January 2008, 12:16 PM
5400 or 7200 rpm? Battery increased by 30 mins?

mechcon
15th January 2008, 12:25 PM
it beats me as to why the hard drives can be upgraded by the owner on a macbook, and can't on a macbook pro..

Huy
15th January 2008, 12:32 PM
I reckon the Pros will be updated with new keyboards, easy HDD install, magnetic latch lid... :) to be on par with MacBooks.

QueenOfSwords
15th January 2008, 12:35 PM
5400 or 7200 rpm? Battery increased by 30 mins?

I can see a newer drive eating less power. That might be something to consider. Unless he really did go from 7200 to 5400.

Carcenomy
15th January 2008, 05:50 PM
it beats me as to why the hard drives can be upgraded by the owner on a macbook, and can't on a macbook pro..

I wouldn't consider the MacBook Pro upgrade procedure difficult. Just had a read through the IFixIt guide, looks very simple indeed. As long as you're not prodding at the motherboard when you have the upper casing off, you won't wreck anything.

The only step that could be a little skanky is getting your data off the original drive... which is where external storage saves the day anyways. EDIT: Actually even that wouldn't be bad. Get the new drive in and OS X installed, and just put the old drive in an external enclosure. Problem solved. Pay for the enclosure and T6 screwdriver with the money saved from not having a shop do the install :p

Can't be anywhere near as bad as doing a drive upgrade on an iBook. And even that wasn't terribly painful, just time consuming.

ethania05
15th January 2008, 07:03 PM
I can do HD installs for anyone in Syd... PM me if interested!

If only you were in Melbourne.

Having it installed by someone certified I would assume doesnt void the warranty...am i right?

Huy
15th January 2008, 07:05 PM
Yes that's right.

They (shouldn't) stuff up and if they do, it should be fixed by them.

Alec Fraser
16th January 2008, 10:44 AM
Well after seeing the Air today and no new MBPs, I think i'll be sticking a 7200rpm drive in my MB and being done with it.