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    Smile Replace Hard Drive
    OK,

    I have a MacBook (White, 2.1 Ghz, 120GB HD, 2GB RAM, July, 2008)

    And, I am looking to get a larger INTERNAL hard drive for it. I have found many different ones, and was wondering if there were any limits on how large the hard drive was?

    Here is a hard drive I am looking at (I know it is big, but I NEED the space with what I am doing!)

    Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K2000 2TB Internal SATA 3Gb/s 3.5" Hard Disk Drive 0F10311

    Does this work, or if not, what would? (Links, pages, prices)

    Thanks in advance!

    -telters

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    If your planning to install it inside your machine you need a 2 1/2" one.

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    Does this one linked above work??

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    No, it won't work. As the previous replay stated, you need a hard drive that is 2.5" and SATA. That one is for a desktop machine and will not fit in your MacBook.

    Regards.

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    It should work. It's the right size and type. But you might want to do so more research on the drive as it's new.

    Regards.

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    This drive is actually 12.5 mm thick(tall), where your original drive is 9.5mm. This size difference is some what hidden. Look for HDD 2.5 inch SATA300 9.5mm. I have been looking in this market myself and the largest is 640GB or 750GB. I think the (1TB) taller drives use an extra platter. Good Luck.

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    THAT! Is a great drive. Get it, pull out the stock drive, install the Hitachi 7K500 and don't look back. You can use the removed stock drive in an external enclosure for more external storage.

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    Wont a 7200RPM reduce your battery life due to the higher spin of the motor which = more power? Also the 12.5mm wont make a difference to a 9.5mm because there is usualy an extra 5mm of room (at least on my 06 MBP)
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    Quote Originally Posted by funkdabeat View Post
    Wont a 7200RPM reduce your battery life due to the higher spin of the motor which = more power? Also the 12.5mm wont make a difference to a 9.5mm because there is usualy an extra 5mm of room (at least on my 06 MBP)
    Not really, besides, a faster read write time is going to compensate for the higher spin! However, all the tests have shown that there is no negligible negative effect on battery life!
    As for the 12.5mm fitting in certain models, it is not recommended, as the excess room is there to allow heat to dissipate.

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    I just ordered a 13" MBP that comes with a 250 GB 5400 HD. I would like to upgrade it with a 7200 HD. My concern is if the 7200 HD be noisier? What are the benefits to this? Is there a compatibility issue since the 7200 is not an available option thru the apple website.

    Thanks

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    Go with this and you will be more than satisfied.
    Quiet, fast and good size
    Great reviews all round online, and by users on this forum, and very reasonably priced.
    CompUSA.com | 0S00157 | Hitachi 0S00157 Travelstar Laptop Hard Drive

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    I have one (Hitachi) in my system and love it. It is a great drive and I highly recommend it.

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    So i am about to buy this Hitachi from newegg. Someone please confirm its a good one. thanks.


    Newegg.com - HITACHI Travelstar 7K500 HD20500 IDK/7K 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive

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