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    Will this hard drive work for my MacBook??
    Hey guys I was just wondering if this hard drive would work in my Macbook. I bought it in June 2010.
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    1.0TB WD Scorpio Blue 5200RPM Serial ATA **12... (WD10TPVT) at OWC

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    Welcome to Mac Forums.
    It will work with your Macbook, but it won't fit inside.
    So, you can get an external enclosure for it and use it as an external HD.

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    sorry to sound stupid but how would i know if that would fit or not? i just assumed mobile meant for laptops.

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    was it this comment:
    *750GB and 1TB models are 12.5 mm high and may not be compatible with all notebook systems. Consult system specifications for maximum allowable drive height before attempting to install.

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    Well it's probably because it's a 12.5mm drive. I'm pretty sure Macbooks only take 9.5mm hard drives. It's the fact that that extra height allows for another spinning platter, so it gives increased capacity but slower speeds.

    The drive is basically too big (physically) for the computer. (I'm not a Mac pro but thats what I'm guessing)
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    Quote Originally Posted by s2odin View Post
    The drive is basically too big (physically) for the computer. (I'm not a Mac pro but thats what I'm guessing)
    You guessed right

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    your Mac only takes 9.5 mm HDD thickness
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    So I shop at tigerdirect and sometimes, they don't list that information:
    Hitachi 0S00157 Travelstar Laptop Hard Drive - 2.5, 7200, SATA 3G, 500GB, 16MB Cache at TigerDirect.com

    Like in the link above. How would I know from what is provided? Any other things to look out for? (Besides the reviews that say they tried this on their Mac)

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    The 2.5" form factor is what laptops use. A 3.5" form factor is for desktops. The 2.5" drives 750GB+ are 99% likely to be 12.5mm in height tho so they won't fit although they are 2.5" drives technically.

    So basically anything 500GB and under with a 2.5" form factor will work.
    If you have questions as to if something will work or not, I would say e-mail the company and see if it will work on your laptop. Give them the model, or see if you can find if it is a 9.5 or 12.5mm drive.
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    Thank you guys! That is really helpful information!!!!

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