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I need a lot of storage for my MacBook Pro 2.16ghz 15". It currently has the 160gb HDD, but I need at least 250gb (I only have 20gb left). The reason being, I convert my whole CD collection and some of my favorite DVD's over to the laptop and it is part of my home theater system (seperate components; ie. Classe, Krell, Wilson, B&W).

So I was wondering if the Western Digital 320gb Scorpio would work if I just swap it out of my current drive? Also, what type of HDD does the MBP use? From what I've read, it seems like it's SATA, but will SATA2 also work? I might also consider going with a smaller (around 250gb) HDD that runs at 7200RPM and then adding an 1TB external HDD using firewire.

And also, do you guys know any software out there that I can just duplicate my current drive over to the new drive so I don't have to repload leopard and all my softwares? I know there are some, but if I can get your inputs about the best ones out there to use, I'd appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any help you guys can provide!
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From what i've read the Macbook and macbook pro's all use sata drives. The largest 2.5 inch sata drive is the 250GB. I've heard that they are not compatible with SATA-II drives.

For copying your drive most ppl use super duper or carbon copy cloner. Both are free and both produce a bootable 1 to 1 backup. Right now it seems like your only option is the 250GB and 1TB external.
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There is a 320GB disk from WD that will work in your MBP - at least, it fit in my MacBook. Here's how I did it, including using Carbon Copy Cloner.

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Cool, good to know. I was told the SATA-II drives (aka SATA 300 drives) would not work with macbooks and macbook pro's.
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Hmmm.... if I recall correctly, the 320 GB drive lacks the sudden motion sensor that the stock drives come from.

Although it is a minor feature, it may save your hard drive (and hence your data) should you drop your Mac.

I suggest you replace your drive with something that has the sudden motion sensor.

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After some searching this is what I found:

On ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HITACHI-5K500-...QQcmdZViewItem

After messaging him he provided a link to this write-up:
http://www.digitalreaction.co.uk/ins...-pro-599-c.asp

I have asked him what his "best price" will be and if he will do a group buy rate. I will post back when he responds.
A."I only have 1 x 500 left, I think you could offer me £210 and I would accept, but they are really hard to get – actually nearly impossible.

I do have 9 of the 400gb ones though, I am asking for £160 each for the 400gb drives, & £220 for the 500gb drive I have left which comes to a total of £1660 + £82 P&P. I would accept an offer for £1600 for all of the 10 drives including postage, which would give you nearly 10% reduction in price."


It should also be noted this is not the only 500 GB/12.5mm drive on the market.

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Hmmm.... if I recall correctly, the 320 GB drive lacks the sudden motion sensor that the stock drives come from.

Although it is a minor feature, it may save your hard drive (and hence your data) should you drop your Mac.

I suggest you replace your drive with something that has the sudden motion sensor.
The sudden motion sensor is built into the Macbook not the HDD.
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I need a lot of storage for my MacBook Pro 2.16ghz 15". It currently has the 160gb HDD, but I need at least 250gb (I only have 20gb left). The reason being, I convert my whole CD collection and some of my favorite DVD's over to the laptop and it is part of my home theater system (seperate components; ie. Classe, Krell, Wilson, B&W).

So I was wondering if the Western Digital 320gb Scorpio would work if I just swap it out of my current drive? Also, what type of HDD does the MBP use? From what I've read, it seems like it's SATA, but will SATA2 also work? I might also consider going with a smaller (around 250gb) HDD that runs at 7200RPM and then adding an 1TB external HDD using firewire.

And also, do you guys know any software out there that I can just duplicate my current drive over to the new drive so I don't have to repload leopard and all my softwares? I know there are some, but if I can get your inputs about the best ones out there to use, I'd appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any help you guys can provide!
Why don't you use an external drive?
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Why don't you use an external drive?
I have (3) 1TB external drives among other externals that adds up to be another ~4TB (including my 2 HTPCs at 1TB each). I'm a big audio/videophile and so I transfer in and out music and movies/videos a lot because my HD on my Mac is so small and I use this MBP purely for personal purpose when I travel for both business/travel. Someone on another forum advised me to get the WD Passport external drive and just take the drive out of it to use since it would be much cheaper than purchasing an internal drive itself which is a very good idea. I'll go out and purchase a WD Passport tomorrow (found them locally for $135) and I'll probably end up upgrading to the 500GB Samsung in a couple of months. The Samsung is supposed to be released to retailers at the end of this month or beginning of April, but I won't need all of that right now and I'm sure the price will drop (from $299). Then I'll just put the Passport back together to use as an external drive.

As for the other 500GB HDD comments. From what I understand, 12.5mm is too big and we need the 9.5mm. Samsung is the only one that I am aware of that has one and it spins at 5400rpm. The Fujitsu and Hitachi are both 12.5mm and spints at 4200rpm (Fujitsu) and 5400rpm (Hitachi).

I do have a question for you guys. Do you guys know what I need to do to format the external drive and clear it before I clone it? Or should I just leave it as it is and clone it since it's already an external drive? I'm just wondering how much memory is already taken up when WD setup the Passport to be an external drive. It shouldn't be much...
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If this drive will only be used by Macs then you should use Disk Utility to repartition the drive to use aMac OS Extended (Journaled) partition. It's quick and ensures you have a clean drive.

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umm...time machine?
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OK, it's done. Did it with out a hitch. Took me about 30min from start to finish to open up the laptop and take off the keyboard (since it's a MacBook Pro and not regular Macbook), so I basically had to take the computer apart. Good thing though, I got the WD Passport 320GB for $97.xx w/ tax (they rang it up for $99 and I also used my 10% AAA membership card). Here's a screenshot:

http://mc2telecom.com/misc/320gbupgrade.jpg


I took photos of the inside of the laptop as well when I opened it up. I will post those up later. Thanks for all your help guys!
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Where did you get the hardrive for that price at?
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I got it at circuit city. I brought the ad from bestbuy to pricematch it at 150 since their's was ~170. When she rang it up she said it was $99, I think there was an error in the system.
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lol, you lucky SOB!
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