750Gb hard drive on MacBook Pro

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  1. incrediblue

    incrediblue Member

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    Hi folks,

    WD has released 640 & 750Gb 2.5" SATA hard drives.

    Has anyone heard whether the 750Gb HD is compatible with a MacBook Pro- the early 2009 model with a replaceable battery and no SD slot?

    Cheers...
     
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    Actually, the WB Scorpio Blue comes in 1TB as well.

    As far as system compatibility is concerned, it shouldn't be a problem.

    However, since both the 750GB and the 1TB versions are 12.5mm in height, whereas our MBP's are currently outfitted with 9.5mm drives, we don't know if there are physical issues. The 12.5mm will fit in the bay for sure, but airflow above the drive will be compromised. No one knows yet if this would affect performance or if there are long-term issues that may arise. At only 5400rpm, it won't get that hot anyway. Theoretically, it should be fine.

    One could replace the optical drive instead with one of these Scorpio Blue drives for more breathing space. With that, an MBP could be maxed out at 1.5TB!

    Until someone out there actually installs the 1TB into an MBP, we don't know yet if this is all possible.
     
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    "With that, an MBP could be maxed out at 1.5TB!"
    You mean with two 750GB 12.5mm WB Scorpio Blue so total size is 1.5TB, so I can also put two 1TB version so total size is 2TB when optical drive is removed?
     
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    I know the Macs with the non-removable battery can take the 12.5mm drives. Can anyone confirm if the late 2008 ones can take the 12.5mm drives too?
     
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    wow. 750tb.
    i can barely max out my 500gb.
    hehehe.
     
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    has anyone tried this?
     
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    From all the online forums I've visited that talk about 12.5mm drives in MBPs, it is pretty much confirmed that fitting is not a problem. It's the ventilation issue that has yet to be validated.

    Yes, 2TB is the ultimate max. But I was considering the fact that 12.5mm might be a tight squeeze with a lack of ventilation. Until it can be confirmed that 12.5mm works just fine, I say the 1.5TB is the max.
     
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    If the over heating doesn't become an issue, I may upgrade.

    Has Apple ever released or stocked a MBP with a hard drive with the same clearance?
     
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    Yup the new drive fits like a glove with just enough room for the "sweat" to flow tru!

    But just remember most of the tests were done abroad and not locally...

    I'd advise against it, unless space is really needed...
     
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    Hmm, that heat dissipation thing IS a valid concern. Sayang, I have a early 2009 mbp too, just raring to upgrade the HD, but 500gb seems not enough for my plans. 750gb or 1TB would be perfect!

    Will they eventually come out with 9.5mm thick 750gb and 1.5TB hds? Certainly hope so.
     
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    I remember this is certainly the case when the, then state of the art, 500 Gb 2.5 hard disks came out. It took at least half a year for the 9.5mm versions to appear.
     
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    Hi folks,

    I'm now running on the 750Gb WD Scorpio Blue.

    Working fine so far, though it feels a little bit slower-- but then, that's understandable, since my 500Gb was a 7200rpm one. The compelling reason that I had to upgrade was space. I only had 30 Gb free on my previous 500Gb set-up...

    Will let you know how this works out...
     
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    Are these large drives locally available yet?
     
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    I'm now on Day 2- no undue heating from the HD area.
    All operations are functioning normally from 9am-6pm...

    @clarice- I do not know whether these are available locally already. I got mine in HK
     
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    how much are these in HK? is it 7200rpm or 5400rpm?
     
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    Hi, I've been using the 750Gb HD for 2 weeks now. No overheating, and no other problems so far. @trigo- The WD Scorpio Blue 750 Gb goes for HKD1300 (about Php6 to the HKD) - or around Php7700. All the WD Scorpio Blue releases (640 & 750Gb and 1TB) only run at 5400.
     
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    Wow! Thats great, two weeks and no problems so far. I wonder if this will fit with old MBPs like mine. Pls continue to update us..TIA
     
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    ok thanks, will this run on 1st gen unibody 13inch?
     

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