Hard Disk Upgrade

Did your early vintage MacBook or MacBook Pro come with a 120, 160 or 200 GB hard disk? Does your late-model MacBook Pro come with a 250 or 320 GB hard disk? These smaller capacity standard drives only spin at 5400 rpm. This is one case where faster is better. How would you like to install a bigger capacity and higher performance 7200 GB drive? Replacing the original drive with a 500 GB 2.5 inch drive is easily possible by many owners that want to do it themselves.

What do you need? A 2.5 inch SATA hard disk enclosure, with USB or Firewire connectors and cables. A small philips screwdriver and small torx driver. A bare-bones 2.5 inch SATA hard disk. A MacOS System Install Disc.

Seagate Momentus 500 GB 2.5 inch drives and other manufacturers are available in 5400 rpm and 7200 rpm versions. The faster 7200 rpm versions are the best choice for video and graphics production. The 1 TB drives that are showing up now are a bit too large to fit most of the MacBook Pro enclosures. It is possible to fit in a Seagate 1 TB 2.5 inch drive, if the brackets and two of the drive casing screws are removed. (Only in late model Mac Intel Unibody MacBook Pro.)