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Snow Leopard
16th September 2009, 01:04 PM
hi everyone,

i have been looking into a Hitachi 320G Notebook HDD SATA 7200RPM 16M off umart. they are out of stock, so i might be getting a Hitachi 320G Notebook HDD SATA 5400RPM instead. So i need to know some facts:

I'm no HDD expert, just a beginner.

Will it work in My MacBook Pro (the first 15" core 2 duo one)
Will i be able to clone my HDD with apps like superdocker on there?

thanks for any help!

johnq
16th September 2009, 03:28 PM
I have a 2007 Macbook Pro 15 inch. I have just changed my standard 2 1/2inch 120Gb 5400rpm Fujistu for a 2 1/2 inch 500Gb 7200rpm Seagate. As you might expect they are identical in external dimensions and mounting points. I got the disk from TI Computers in Crows Nest (Sydney) for $163.00 top (http://www.ticomputers.com.au). I followed the great guide from IFIXIT Installing MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Hard Drive Replacement - iFixit (http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Core-Duo-Hard-Drive-Replacement/486/1)

I put the new drive into a SATA enclosure first. Used Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my existing system onto the new drive. I then swapped the drives - new one in the Mac, old one in the SATA enclosure. Bingo!
Make sure you have the tools, take your time, and make sure you write on a piece of paper which screws come from which places and its very do-able. Alternatively an authorised Apple reseller SHOULD do it for about 30 minutes labour (maybe $60 - $75)

Good luck.

Snow Leopard
16th September 2009, 04:26 PM
i have the 15" 120 GB too! well well!

Snow Leopard
22nd September 2009, 12:19 PM
okay, i'm getting this drive - is it good?

Western Digital Scoprio 320G SATA2 16M 7200RPM notebook

yinyang
22nd September 2009, 12:54 PM
this is what I put into my 2008 MBP - did it myself as well, following those iFixit guides. Took a while mostly because I decided to backup to another external first, do the swap, then restore (so I had two backups in case anything happened whilst pulling out the original drive). Otherwise it's pretty straighforward - as mentioned just make sure you have all the necessary tools and don't be in a rush!!