external 2.5" hd's

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  1. mykell9999

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    Has anyone tried taking apart an external hard disk, say the Western Digital 320gb passport, then putting the 320gb hd into their notebooks, and putting the notebooks' old hard disk into the passport?

    I noticed the price of a stand alone 320gb western digital 2.5" sata drive are not that far off from a 320gb passport.
     
  2. madmax168

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    Its possible but you'd be voiding the warranty on the Passport. I think it would be better to buy a bare drive and just get an external enclosure for the old drive.
     
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    Is the Passport a SATA drive inside? If it's IDE, then you can't run it in a Macbook.
     
  4. whipper25

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    I got a WD 250 passport to replace the one in my mbp. the drives are sata so it's compatible with the mbp (2.2ghz). 5400rpm.
    you can easilly pry it out of the enclosure. search youtube for videos.
     
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    wouldnt installing this on a mac, void the apple warranty?
     
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    If it's an MBP, the warranty would be voided. If it's just a regular MacBook, I think your warranty won't be affected. :)
     
  8. PatrickGaerlan

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    It won't be the MacBook's warranty that will be voided, but probably the WD Passport's.
     
  9. whipper25

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    just installed a wd 250gig passport into my new mbp. i used ifixit's guide.
    fortunately i didn't encounter any hookups. but i do highly recommend you go and get the required and suggested tools: #0 philips screwdriver, t6 torx screwdriver, and a spudger.
    oh and don't lose screws and remember where they go. you should be fine with the guide.
     
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    ive opened a passport before also. it works fine and you can put another hd inside it. i broke some of the plastic tabs inside but it still closes.

    Where can you get a spudger and a t6 torx?
     
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    I was buying a 500GB for my macbook and a generic enclosure but good thing the store attendant offered their ovation external drive with 500gb and Seagate branded inside. I was able to save almost 1k. He even opened the enclosure for me and replaced my hdd and put my old HDD in the enclosure and said, it still have the 3years warranty and put sticker in it.

    weird is inside the box of the external hdd, theres a screw driver inside and leather case and ofcourse the USB cable. I said weird because there is a screw, meaning its main purpose is really to have the HDD opened and be transferred to a laptop. hehe!
     
  12. mysterio

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    Where did you buy your Ovation drive?
     
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    I bought it in a Shop in Viramall in Greenhills
     
  14. mysterio

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    I saw the Ovation in a computer store in Festival Mall. 3800 for 320GB and 6500 for the 500GB version. Funny thing is they were also selling a bare Seagate 320GB for 4200. lol
     
  15. bedanmick

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    thats a rip off. I got my ovation 500GB for only 4,800.00 brand new and sealed with 3 year warranty.
     
  16. Shinrai

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    If this is a 2.5" drive, this is cheap. A bare drive already costs around that much.
     
  17. bedanmick

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    yep, thats the 2.5 drive. just what I posted above, even the store personnel is the one who opened the ovation and put the drive in my macbook and put my old hdd inside the enclosure and said it still have the 3yr warranty and placed sticker on it.

    Its in V-Mall fronting pcexpress.
     
  18. Beowulf

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    Done this already... 320GB and placed the original 120GB in the passport
     

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