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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Any experience with 12/12.5 mm harddrives in MacBook Pro?


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hi

im planning on upgrading my harddrive in my late 2009 17 inch MacBook Pro.
I already have a 500 GB drive but still hungry for more (especially using Bootcamp) and sick of depending on external harddrives since they ruin the mobility of the MBP.
i would like to go for a 1 TB drive but there is this 9.5 mm boundary. I also found indication for compatibility of 12 mm drives with the MBP. See here:

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"Yes, the new laptops require the 9.5 mm drives except for the 17" model that can accommodate the 12 mm high drives."
from Apple Discussion Forum
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"1 TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5200RPM SATA *12.5mm* HD with Advanced Format Technology - Fits all Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro 'Unibody' Models (13/15/17"), MacBook Pro 'pre-unibody' 17", and PC Laptops which support 12.5mm SATA Drives. New with 3yr WD Warranty."
from MacSales
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"There are a couple of 12.5mm thick ones that currently will only fit a 17" Macbook Pro, but the 9.5mm thickness is much more common."
from MacRumors Forum
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"Both the new (late 2008) MacBook and MacBook Pro unibody can fit 12.5mm HDD. I have tested it in both notebooks.
Regards, Andrej H. Servisny technik Apple"
from xlr8yourmac.com
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"I have just installed a 1TB Toshiba 12.5mm drive in my new MacBook Pro 13".
It fits perfectly, the MBP is clearly designed to accomodate a 12.5mm drive."
from ifixit.com

My question is: has anybody actually built in a 12 or 12.5 mm harddrive into a MacBook Pro and if yes - what experiences can be shared?

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Welcome to the Mac Forums.

As you can easily see from all the quotes you included regarding using a 12.5 mm hard drive in the MB and MBP line of machines, that there is clearly a difference of opinion regarding doing so.

It's your machine and your choice. All you're going to get here is the same responses that you quoted above. My advice is this: When in doubt, go with the manufacturer's recommendation. What size drives does Apple ship their machines with.....?
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Hi chscag,

Yes, youre probably right. Its the greed for more disk space that dazzles me in regular intervals ;-)
Ill probably go for the Seagate Momentus 750 GB which should comply with the specs

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