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    Feb 07, 2010
    Upgrading Hard-drive Macbook Pro - wrong connectors
    I got a WD 1TB My Passport essential (portable) hard-drive yesterday and opened my MacBook Pro 17'' Unibody (new april 09) to exchange it with the internal drive (320gb Fujitsu).

    I was maybe stupid by buying the external drive, but did A LOT of research to see if this could be done - and it seemed it could!! The size of the new drive is no problem at all - it fits snugly. The only problem is that the connectors are far from the same!!

    I took pictures of both drives that I can include if it's wanted.

    Can anyone help me find a "converter" so that I can use the new hard-drive as my internal drive??? Or send me in some direction that can help?

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    Nov 29, 2006
    Barrie, Ontario, Canada
    2.16 GHz Intel Imac Core 2 Duo//MacBook 1.83 Core 2 Duo//G5 Power Mac
    You need a Sata drive not sure if you can find a converter, you may have to return your drive.

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    There are still a whole bunch (as in most) of manufacturers using IDE (aka ATA) drives in their external enclosures. You will not be able to use these drives as a replacement for your internal SATA.

    Practically every external enclosure you find that does not specify the type of drive it's using, will be using an IDE drive.
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