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eclipz
18th May 2009, 08:06 PM
im looking to upgrade the hdd in my 08 macbook pro... is there a maximum size i can install without conflict or will it not matter???

whats the largest 2.5" hdd you can get... i've only managed to see 500gb max.

kungfucamel
18th May 2009, 09:09 PM
largest i've seen is 500gb. also depends if you want 7200rpm or 5400rpm. I had a 320gb 7200rpm in my 07 macbook pro and is now in my new unibody macbook pro and it's been working great.

LithgowLights
18th May 2009, 09:33 PM
While I have read articles referring to 750GB 2.5" drives, the largest I have seen (and own) is a 500GB drive. It's nice to have the space.

I have 500's installed in both my Toshiba laptops, and use a 320GB and 500GB drives in USB2/eSATA cases almost all the time.

Edit: Not sure whats in the 17" Macbook Pro, so i'll have to look one day.

iCarllovesapple
18th May 2009, 11:57 PM
I'm sure you know that the HD replacement isn't too hard! The best drive I've used is the 320GB 7200RPM by Hitachi! Hitachi 0A57547 - $129.00 - Scorpion Technology (http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/27642-0a57547) -- It's fast and I find that 320GB is a very conveniant amount of space. I've only just noticed that Hitachi have a 500GB drive as well. I suppose this drive would also be superb as Apple have shipped my Macbook Pro unibody with the Hitachi! Check it out: Hitachi HTS545050KTA300 - $199.00 - Scorpion Technology (http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/26574-hts545050kta300) The only bummer is the height! :( It may not fit in our MBP's. Oh well.. If you want an External I love the 'My Studio' edition drives by Western Digital! :)
Goodnight!

NeoRicen
19th May 2009, 12:08 AM
Unlike RAM, MacBooks have no restriction on size for HDD.

eclipz
19th May 2009, 10:45 AM
Unlike RAM, MacBooks have no restriction on size for HDD.

thanks thats what i was getting at but now that you have confirmed it ill go grab a 500gb hdd. so Hitachi seems like the way to go... although samsung and western digital drives are rather cheap... is this also because the quality of samsung & western digital drives are no were near as good as the hitachi brand?

ive never had an issue with western digital drives

iCarllovesapple
23rd May 2009, 01:13 AM
Hitachi is the best brand. I mean, still you should always backup but, but Hitachi I have found are trustworthy. Don't buy Seagate. I experienced my 1st HD crash with their drive tonight. Thank God I had an off site backup! It's going to take forever to restore the files though :(

STK
23rd May 2009, 03:46 PM
Well I just installed a Seagate 500gb 7200RPM Drive and it's been going great so far. Very fast read/writes.

eclipz
23rd May 2009, 09:34 PM
Well I just installed a Seagate 500gb 7200RPM Drive and it's been going great so far. Very fast read/writes.

let me know how you go mate.

23isbackagain
26th May 2009, 10:50 PM
can you put the 500gb in a white macbook?

NeoRicen
26th May 2009, 11:47 PM
Well I just installed a Seagate 500gb 7200RPM Drive and it's been going great so far. Very fast read/writes.
Just curious, where did you get the drive? When I was looking most places were either out of stock or never stocked it to begin with.

can you put the 500gb in a white macbook?
Yes.

Back2Bedlam
3rd June 2009, 04:56 PM
Well I just installed a Seagate 500gb 7200RPM Drive and it's been going great so far. Very fast read/writes.

What tool do you need to unscrew the casing off and off of the hard drive?
It's a philips for the retaining screw but not sure about the other 2, Torx?Where do you get the tool, will Tandy sell them?

STK
3rd June 2009, 04:58 PM
What tool do you need to unscrew the casing off and off of the hard drive?
It's a philips for the retaining screw but not sure about the other 2, Torx?Where do you get the tool, will Tandy sell them?

Well I did mine in a Unibody MBP So i'm not sure. But I did need a Torx T6 (T6 i think) to get the HD mounting screws off. You can buy a set for like $10 ad dse/tandy

Back2Bedlam
3rd June 2009, 07:57 PM
Well I did mine in a Unibody MBP So i'm not sure. But I did need a Torx T6 (T6 i think) to get the HD mounting screws off. You can buy a set for like $10 ad dse/tandy

Thanks, that's what I have. Found a place in Perth, that had 8 of the Seagate 500GB 7200 drives in stock (non g shock).