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Hi guys,

i need some help has any one upgraded your hard drive to a 1tb hard drive if so will it fit in this model and if so which one is the best one at the moment am looking at

Western Digital WD10TPVT 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive 5200rpm 8MB Cache - OEM Scoprio Blue

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Toshiba MK1059GSM 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 8MB Cache - OEM

or are there any other better one's out there i have a 500gb western digital scorpio blue which has only 11gb left in my macbook pro 13in mid 2009 model and i know these hard drive are 12.5mm thanks
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12.5mm drives are too tall.

The biggest 9.5mm drive is 750GB.
Why don't you just get a 1TB external drive with firewire?

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12.5mm drives are too tall.

The biggest 9.5mm drive is 750GB.
Why don't you just get a 1TB external drive with firewire?

Hi,

i do have some external drive but there full to i just want an internal drive i read from some where you can put a 1tb 2.5 12.5mm drive in your macbook pro but not hundred percent sure tho
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i do have some external drive but there full to i just want an internal drive i read from some where you can put a 1tb 2.5 12.5mm drive in your macbook pro but not hundred percent sure tho
Apple - Support - Discussions - 12.5mm thick hard drive on macbook ...

Looks like it will fit, but not like it is designed to. Your back cover will not close all the way, so the way I see it, it does not fit. Up to you tho. And remember with a 1 TB HD there are 3 spinning platters in there. 5000RPM is probably the max speed, which is going to be slower than the default apple hard drives. If you are used to things going slow, then by all means go ahead and do it. If you want speed, pick up a 1TB+ external hard drive with firewire and use that as your main storage and free up some space on your current hard drive.

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Many people have successfully installed 12.5mm hard drives into unibody non-removable battery MacBook Pros of all sizes. OWC technicians have done it many times. I did it on the 15in MBP.

Buy the Toshiba, try it, if it doesn't fit, put it in an external.

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Just remember... anytime you make modifications that are not recommended by Apple, you risk voiding your warranty. Yes, I know that some models of the MBP can accept a 12.5 mm drive easier than others, but there is a good reason why Apple does not install them from the factory.

And I would like to see the article or LINK that shows OWC installing 12.5 mm drives in a MBP. Since OWC is an authorized Apple reseller and repair, I have some doubt about them condoning that.
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Just remember... anytime you make modifications that are not recommended by Apple, you risk voiding your warranty. Yes, I know that some models of the MBP can accept a 12.5 mm drive easier than others, but there is a good reason why Apple does not install them from the factory.

And I would like to see the article or LINK that shows OWC installing 12.5 mm drives in a MBP. Since OWC is an authorized Apple reseller and repair, I have some doubt about them condoning that.
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1.0TB WD Scorpio Blue 5200RPM Serial ATA **12... (WD10TPVT) at OWC

there is no video of them installing 12.5 mm drives in a MBP they just say it does
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Apple - Support - Discussions - 12.5mm thick hard drive on macbook ...

Looks like it will fit, but not like it is designed to. Your back cover will not close all the way, so the way I see it, it does not fit. Up to you tho. And remember with a 1 TB HD there are 3 spinning platters in there. 5000RPM is probably the max speed, which is going to be slower than the default apple hard drives. If you are used to things going slow, then by all means go ahead and do it. If you want speed, pick up a 1TB+ external hard drive with firewire and use that as your main storage and free up some space on your current hard drive.
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1.0TB WD Scorpio Blue 5200RPM Serial ATA **12... (WD10TPVT) at OWC

there is no video of them installing 12.5 mm drives in a MBP they just say it does
MBP's are designed to take a maximum height of 9.5mm. A 12.5mm will fit, but you will not be able to close the case all the way.

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Good luck with overheating and foreign objects if you do a half assed install with the case not comoletely closed.

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Just because OWC sells them and says they'll fit those models that are indicated does not mean it's an accepted practice. In the end, it's up to you whether or not to go that route. It's your machine.
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Just because OWC sells them and says they'll fit those models that are indicated does not mean it's an accepted practice. In the end, it's up to you whether or not to go that route. It's your machine.

ok thanks guys for your help i guess i'll just wait for one to come out with 9.5mm but at the moment looks like i will have to get a 2tb external hard drive anyone know any good one for mac thanks
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I dunno if I'm too late on this, but they do have a 9.5mm one now.
Search up WD10JPVT.
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