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    MacBook Pro 13', year old suggestions on drive
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    MacBook Pro 13', year old suggestions on drive
    Hello friends

    Was looking for some recommendations on my MacPro 13'

    i have the HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS23N drive that came with my device.

    I am disappointed to find out that it does not support DualLayer writing.

    Firmware Revision: SB03
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 0 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW

    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

    I was looking for a DL drive and if i could also find one that supports lightscribe technology. I had that on my old pc laptop and i liked it.

    I am also looking to upgrade my hard drive to a bigger drive but i am scared to get one that is noisy. The drive that comes with the mac is nice and quiet.

    NVidia MCP79 AHCI:

    Vendor: NVidia
    Product: MCP79 AHCI
    Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.20 Supported

    Hitachi HTS545025B9SA02:

    Capacity: 250.06 GB (250,059,350,016 bytes)
    Model: Hitachi HTS545025B9SA02
    Revision: PB2AC60T
    Serial Number: 091003PBC2001SG4L91L
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 5400
    Medium Type: Rotational
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Volumes:
    Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    BSD Name: disk0s1
    Macintosh HD:
    Capacity: 249.72 GB (249,715,376,128 bytes)
    Available: 27.5 GB (27,496,210,432 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.


    i am pretty sure this is my machine with the 2.53 processor but it says that it comes with a DL drive .. not sure why on my laptop it is showing that it is not...
    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP541

    firmware update?

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,5
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03
    SMC Version (system): 1.47f2

    Serial Number (system): W89446E666E
    Hardware UUID: 84F0871F-C4D5-5845-978E-70343DC4B13F
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

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    MacBook Pro 13', year old suggestions on drive
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    Unless the optical drive was changed out at one time for a replacement that does not support DL, it should support it. Even my old MacBook from 2008 has a drive that supports DL read and write.

    Open your System Profiler app and click on Disk Burning. What does it say?

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    Can't say that I've ever heard of an internal lightscribe drive that will fit inside an MBP, so I'll let someone else tackle that one if indeed your MBP won't handle DL.

    As for the HDD, I just installed a 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black in my 2011 13" MBP. Runs 7200rpm. No heat issues and can't hear it spinning even when I try. Great speed; great capacity; and I believe a 5 yr. warranty. Can't ask for anything more from a notebook HDD.

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    MacBook Pro 13', year old suggestions on drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Unless the optical drive was changed out at one time for a replacement that does not support DL, it should support it. Even my old MacBook from 2008 has a drive that supports DL read and write.

    Open your System Profiler app and click on Disk Burning. What does it say?
    HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS23N:

    Firmware Revision: SB03
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: To show the available burn speeds, insert a disc and choose View


    wow i am confused .. as u can see from my first post i posted this same info and it did not say DL at that time ... now when i checked ... as u can see above it does say DL ...

    only thing i did was reset computer since last night....

    well i guess it is DL compatible .. now i just need to buy some DL disks .. .any recommendations .. i know some people have issues with certain brands ... isnt the -R the way to go .. they are more compatible with DVD players?

    http://www.shop4tech.com/z/DVD-R_Dou...ayer/1_286_879

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    MacBook Pro 13', year old suggestions on drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by indychris View Post
    Can't say that I've ever heard of an internal lightscribe drive that will fit inside an MBP, so I'll let someone else tackle that one if indeed your MBP won't handle DL.

    As for the HDD, I just installed a 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black in my 2011 13" MBP. Runs 7200rpm. No heat issues and can't hear it spinning even when I try. Great speed; great capacity; and I believe a 5 yr. warranty. Can't ask for anything more from a notebook HDD.
    that sounds awesome ... thats about triple then what i have now and the i see it even spins faster ... happy to hear that it is not noisy ... that is one thing i loves about this mac that the fan and drive are so quiet ,,,, can use in bed with wife sleeping ... my HP laptop sounds like its going to take off with its fan.

    can u direct me to that drive?

    i think i have a 3rd generation macbook pro .. there are no removable batteries and the KB lights up .. i have to google how to change the drive on this thing ...

    Upgrade Your MacBook Pro's Hard Drive - Third Generation: Freeing the Back Panel and Hard Drive - How To by ExtremeTech

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