Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 23
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2009
    Posts
    6
    1TB drive upgrade macbook pro
    Hi Guys,

    I spoke to my local Apple store last week as I want to upgrade my 320 drive for a 1tb drive. The guy said they had tested a number of drives but found that they didn't quite fit and he was worried about overheating. He suggested a 500gb drive but I won't bother as the difference isn't enough.

    Can anybody recommend a 1tb that works ok as I may have a go at doing the upgrade myself.

    Thanks

    Tom Mcguire

    macbook pro5,1
    2.93 GHz

  2. #2

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,859
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by torrit View Post

    Can anybody recommend a 1tb that works ok as I may have a go at doing the upgrade myself.
    The drive needs to be 9.5mm in height...most if not all 1 terabyte drives are "thicker" (12.5mm)...and that's why there are issues as the Apple person mentioned.

    If you can find a 9.5mm 1.0 terabyte height drive...then you're good to go....but I'm not sure they exist yet.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  3. #3

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Been doing alot of googling on this subject as I would love a 1tb internal drive for my MacBook Pro, unfortunately can't find anything on the matter and I am presuming the same as Pigoo that they simple just don't exist at the moment Think what I might do is save quite a bit, get a 256 SSD for the the macbook and get a 1tb drive external, with a partition on it for time machine and the rest for anything I don't constantly need / use.

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  4. #4

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,859
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    Been doing alot of googling on this subject as I would love a 1tb internal drive for my MacBook Pro, unfortunately can't find anything on the matter and I am presuming the same as Pigoo that they simple just don't exist at the moment Think what I might do is save quite a bit, get a 256 SSD for the the macbook and get a 1tb drive external, with a partition on it for time machine and the rest for anything I don't constantly need / use.

    - Simon
    I have a feeling that instead of making "thinner" (9.5mm) 1 terabyte drives (currently 12.0-12.5mm) to fit into older Macintosh laptops...when 1 terabyte drives (in the future) become the "norm" or common in laptops...Apple will simply redesign MacBook Pros (maybe MacBooks as well)...to safely accept the 12.5mm 1.0 terabyte & larger 2.5" hard drives.

    I know some folks have posted on Mac-Forums trying to fit the 12.5mm into their MacBook Pro's...and found the fit to be VERY tight if forced. Kind of like putting one or two pairs of pants too many into a suitcase, and having to sit on it to get it closed!

    They then decided to remove the 12.5mm drive...return the drive...and get the largest 9.5mm drive they could find (generally a 500 gig).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  5. #5

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    I'm sure that eventually a 1tb 9.5mm drive will be available, just have to be patient I suppose, just like a lot of things.

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  6. #6

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,859
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    I'm sure that eventually a 1tb 9.5mm drive will be available, just have to be patient I suppose, just like a lot of things.

    - Simon
    Anything is possible.

    What I'm thinking is...since Windows computers:

    - make up approx. 90% of all computers sold (not sure of the exact Mac vs. Windows laptop breakdown)
    - all (or probably all) 1 terabyte 2.5" laptop hard drives at this point are 12.0 - 12.5mm in height
    - these 12.5mm height drives do safely fit into most modern Windows laptops (otherwise these 2.5" hard drives would only be used as external storage).

    ...that there is no real driving economic force to encourage 2.5" laptop manufacturers to reduce the "thickness" of 2.5" 1.0 terabyte (and larger drives) to a "thinner" 9.5mm size...since Macintosh laptops make up such a small proportion of the overall laptop market.

    Of course...laptop manufacturers (both Apple & Windows manufacturers)...are always looking for ways to make laptops thinner & lighter...so this could be a "driving force" to encourage hard drive manufacturers to reduce the thickness of 2.5" 1.0 terabyte (and larger drives) to a thinner 9.5mm height.

    But...with the inclusion of SSD drives starting to take place in laptop computers...if the price, performance, longevity, and durability of SSD drives starts to displace traditional hard drives...this could also be a driving force against reducing the thickness of 2.5" 1.0 terabyte drives from 12.0-12.5mm to 9.5mm (since traditional hard drive storage would become obsolete).

    Hey...just my humble opinions or theories. If I had all the answers...my investment accounts would be 7 figures or more!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  7. #7

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    48,521
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Good points Nick. Of course if one wanted to buy a 1 TB SSD or Flash unit, they could always pay a visit to their nearest credit union and apply for a low interest loan!

  8. #8

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,859
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Good points Nick. Of course if one wanted to buy a 1 TB SSD or Flash unit, they could always pay a visit to their nearest credit union and apply for a low interest loan!
    YIKES...do they even make a 1TB SSD yet? If so...I'm afraid to know how much!!!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  9. #9

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Nah i've looked for that aswell probably in the region of a small retreat cottage

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Member Since
    Aug 17, 2010
    Posts
    247
    Specs:
    2011 Mac mini and 2010 13" MacBook Pro, iPhone 4 and iPad
    WD and Toshiba make up to a 750 GB 9.5mm hard drive for now. Can't find anything smaller than 12.5mm for a 1 TB drive.

  11. #11

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    48,521
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Yes, that's correct. The 750GB drives by WD and Toshiba are the largest capacity drives currently available that will comfortably fit in an Apple notebook computer. Some folks have stated that the 17" MBP has a bit more room and can accommodate a 1 TB 12.5 MM drive. However, as much as the 17" MBP machines cost, I would certainly hate to take a chance to only gain 250 GB of space.

  12. #12

    AUZambo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 06, 2006
    Posts
    282
    Specs:
    2006 Macbook Pro 15.4" glossy screen, 2.16 ghz, 640 gb, 2 gb ram
    Quote Originally Posted by Lbatson21 View Post
    WD and Toshiba make up to a 750 GB 9.5mm hard drive for now. Can't find anything smaller than 12.5mm for a 1 TB drive.
    Beat me to it. I'm sure they'll eventually fit a TB in a 9.5 mm casing, but they do at least have 750 GB, which would more than double the OP's original HD. In addition to that, he'd get to use the old 320 GB HD as an external HD.

  13. #13

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Yes, that's correct. The 750GB drives by WD and Toshiba are the largest capacity drives currently available that will comfortably fit in an Apple notebook computer. Some folks have stated that the 17" MBP has a bit more room and can accommodate a 1 TB 12.5 MM drive. However, as much as the 17" MBP machines cost, I would certainly hate to take a chance to only gain 250 GB of space.
    I definitely wouldn't chance my luck at this kind of thing, especially as it is something that will definitely void any kind of warranty, stuffing a drive that is larger than specified.

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  14. #14

    AUZambo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 06, 2006
    Posts
    282
    Specs:
    2006 Macbook Pro 15.4" glossy screen, 2.16 ghz, 640 gb, 2 gb ram
    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    I definitely wouldn't chance my luck at this kind of thing, especially as it is something that will definitely void any kind of warranty, stuffing a drive that is larger than specified.

    - Simon
    Stuffing a drive that won't fit probably will void the warranty, but upgrading the hard drive with a compatible HD will not.

  15. #15

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
    Stuffing a drive that won't fit probably will void the warranty, but upgrading the hard drive with a compatible HD will not.
    Yeah, that's why I said "larger than specified."

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Backup problems MacBook Pro to Seagate 1TB external drive
    By DerekW10 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-02-2015, 09:11 AM
  2. Macbook Pro 13in mid 2009 1tb hard drive upgrade
    By MrKay in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-30-2012, 10:22 AM
  3. Macbook pro 13inch upgrade to 2 x 1tb 2.5 hard drives
    By MacBookPro2011 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-03-2011, 02:56 AM
  4. Project: MBP Internal Hard Drive -Upgrade to 1TB
    By j_dinan in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-14-2010, 10:00 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-21-2009, 03:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •