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    Default MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2008) HDD Upgrade

    I've got a 250GB one in there at the moment, but I'm really interested in the WD 1TB (WD10TEVT) for about $300 (can be found a little cheaper).

    I can't find any reliable info on how tall a HDD I should get.
    The WD is 12.5mm.... is that too big?

    I want more than 500GB, so if anybody can give me some pointers here that would be great.

    Have searched around a bit, but I'm just finding info on old MBPs, or new ones, nothing that specifies this exact model.

    Also Apple only support 500GB. Am I limited to that size too? Is there something software/firmware stopping me? Or can I go 1TB?

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    12.5mm HDD is too big to fit in the MBP. 640GB is the largest HDD at the moment in the 2.5" 9.5mm category.

    I suggest looking into 2 x 500GB HDDs, one in the factory location, and one in a HDD caddy which replaces the optical drive.
    They are available from either of the places below.
    NewmodeUS, Hard Drive Caddys for Notebooks
    MCE OptiBay Hard Drive for MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook G4, and Mac mini
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    That sounds like a good idea... I rarely/never use my optical drive, only for reinstalls.

    Are these available in Australia?

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    They are, but at a premium.

    They are available from MacFixit for $129 - Laptop SATA drives - Hitachi 2.5" SATA Laptop Hard Disk Drives - OptiBay Hard Drive for MacBook/MacBook Pro Unibody - MacFixit Australia - Shop For Apple Macintosh Accessories, Apple Mac Upgrades, MacBook and MacBook Pro Battery, Mac Screen LCD, Phon

    Alternatively, you can get them off the likes of eBay for under $50 - 2nd HDD caddy Apple OptiBay SuperDrive Replacement SATA - eBay, Hard Disk Drive Cases, Laptop Accessories, Computing. (end time 16-Feb-10 05:00:12 AEDST)

    I bought one from NewModeUS when I needed one, it cost me about $58-60 delivered from the US. - Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy(p/n OBHD9-SATA-SATA-B) Black, 9.5mm [OBHD9-SATA-SATA-B] - $42.00 : NewmodeUS, Hard Drive Caddys for Notebooks

    If you don't use your optical drive very often, that is even better. However if you still need to use it, you can get a case to put it into, to make it into an external DVD drive. Otherwise you can just buy a slim external DVD burner like I did.

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    Yeah I saw the ebay ones, but I'd rather buy a product that is known rather than a "compatible" product with no support down the track.

    I'll buy one from NewMode

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    I was under the impression that the unibody Macbooks etc had more clearance than regular non-unibody Macbooks/Pro's.

    Check out macrumors for more information.
    Unibody macbook pro's can support 12.5mm Drives [Archive] - Mac Forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by leon View Post
    I was under the impression that the unibody Macbooks etc had more clearance than regular non-unibody Macbooks/Pro's.

    Check out macrumors for more information.
    Unibody macbook pro's can support 12.5mm Drives [Archive] - Mac Forums
    I wasn't aware of this. I thought it may be possible in the 17" models, but not in the 15". I wouldn't really take a thread without any pictures or solid proof on MacRumors as gospel but I'll definitely have to do some research to see if this is true.

    Edit: I can't find any supporting evidence that a 12.5mm drive will fit in any unibody. It looks like they can fit them into the previous gen 17" MacBook Pros but nothing else.
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    Hrm going by this it might just fit:
    1TB WD hard drive coming out - will it fit? [Archive] - Mac Forums

    Going to look into it a bit more.

    Have already ordered the OptiBay, as it's an awesome idea anyway. So it's either going to be 2x 1TB or 2x 500GB.

    Either way is good... but I'd rather the 1TB's :P

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    Well I followed the above link and it went to a random conversation that didn't separate the quotes from the new comments. Annoying!
    So I harnessed the power of Google and came up with this:
    Apple - Support - Discussions - Will 12.5mm HD fit in my Macbook Pro? ...

    Which then led me to this:
    Apple - Support - Discussions - 750 GB Hard drive upgrade ...

    Which ended up answering the question. Seems you can. The only problem I can see is a possible clicking noise, which is fixable, but more importantly speed. I have an 09 17inch UB. It slows all the time because of it's gutless 5400rpm HD. I could properly do a bit of cleaning up and maintenance but still a 7200rpm would be better. These new 1TBs are 5200rpm. So slower again.

    Still, I am very tempted to get one. Maybe it would be good to get 1x1TB and 1x64Gb or 128GB SSD. That way have your applications super fast off the SSD and all your data on the HDD.
    I wonder how the system plays with the 2 Hard disks? I'm sure there is info on it somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisede View Post
    Hrm going by this it might just fit:
    1TB WD hard drive coming out - will it fit? [Archive] - Mac Forums

    Going to look into it a bit more.

    Have already ordered the OptiBay, as it's an awesome idea anyway. So it's either going to be 2x 1TB or 2x 500GB.

    Either way is good... but I'd rather the 1TB's :P
    Macrumors is hard to follow. Check out my links. Secondly remember speed decrease may make it better to grab an SSD. I would love an SSD, but I like DVD drives too much.

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    Yes it was very irritating to read.

    I think I read somewhere that the clicking noise was specific to a certain drive & firmware version that has now since been fixed.

    I've got the standard 5400rpm drive too, so yes it is a step down.. but will it really make much difference? The WD is SATA 3.5, what is the Hitachi? Will that make things better?

    I really only use my MBP for music playback, browsing etc.. so speed may not be an issue to me. But like you said, grab a "cheap" SSD for the main drive & apps, use the 2nd for storage.

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    The next question is.. if I whack an SSD in the primary drive pay, with a 12.5mm drive fit in the Optibay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisede View Post
    The next question is.. if I whack an SSD in the primary drive pay, with a 12.5mm drive fit in the Optibay?
    AFAIK, no.
    The dimensions for the SuperDrive/caddy is only 9.5mm tall.
    [Insert text here to compensate]

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    Surely it will still boot off an SSD in the optibay, with a 12.5mm storage drive in the main bay?

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    OK guys my case has rocked up. Haven't ordered any hard drives yet.

    So... it won't actually mount into my macbook pro.
    The screws that mount the case (or cd drive) to the case aren't there in the drive bay that I bought.

    Looking at the youtube video that is on the NewMode site, I should be taking off the cover from the superdrive, and putting it onto the drive bay. Making the screw fitting available, and hence mounting it.

    That doesn't work. The case doesn't fit to that plate correctly, so it will rattle the hell out of everything.

    I'm almost resigned to the fact that I've wasted $60 (not a huge amount), and will just leave it. But I don't want to.

    HELP!

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    Never mind... the product clearly isn't designed to fit into my MBP (as I was led to believe). I'll just buy the overpriced one from an Australian Apple dealer.

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    In case someone is considering whether to get the 1TB WD HDD on a unibody, I just installed mine about a week ago. It fits, although there's a slight bulge, maybe less than 1mm.

    Right now, it's available in the US for about USD120. Locally, about AUD219.

    It's not a fast drive (5200rpm).

    There's intermittent soft clicking as well.

    I'll probably upgrade to the new Hitachi ones when they are released in 750GB. Then put this 1TB into a firewire enclosure.

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