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    Oct 30, 2009
    Lightbulb Replacing internal drive

    If I'm replacing a dead internal drive, can I get any capacity and does SATA 2 fit into a SATA slot? and is 7200rpm ok? I have an old black 13" Intel Macbook

    Also when I first run the install discs and disc utility do I have to partition the new drive as GUID or just erase it to make it bootable?

    Thanks in advance


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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    Not sure on the Black Macbook, but you should be able to install pretty much any 2.5" Notebook drive in there. Some are a bit thicker though than others and might not fit. I will let someone with an older Macbook chime in on that. Otherwise any 2.5" SATA drive should work.

    You have to have a GUID partition with any Intel Mac for the drive to be bootable. I just use Disk Utility from the OSX Install DVD and partition GUID.

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    9.5mm if it's 12mm it's going to be a very tight fit.

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    12mm drives strongly NOT recommended. It's beyond the engineering tolerances, will generate excess heat and in short not good for the machine long term. Stick with 9.5mm only

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    Member Since
    Oct 30, 2009
    Hey Guys,

    I've just ordered this:

    Seagate Momentus 500GB 2.5 SATA 2 Hard Drive 16MB 7200RPM

    Obviously hoping that it's pretty simple to install and it will work ok, it is a 9.5mm disc, thank you!!

    Any other things I need to bear in mind? Or any useful advice on a smooth install!!

    Thanks a lot

    Wish me luck

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    Member Since
    Aug 30, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    15" MacBook Pro (Late-2011), 2.4 GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD
    I just swapped the 320 GB HDD this MBP shipped with for a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB/7200RPM hybrid drive (32MB cache, 4GB SSD). It is running like a champ, and I've had no issues with heat, noise, slow boot times or anything else. It even sped up what was already a fast boot.
    15" Retina MacBook Pro (Late 2013)
    2.6 GHz Core i7 | 16GB | 1TB SSD | OS X Mavericks 10.9.3

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