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PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,280 points)
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May 1, 2012 5:11 AM

I have removed the 2.5" Hard Drive from my better half's  2006 Macbook and looking at the Seagate I got to replace it the power pins don't appear to line up.

 

I can't see deep into where it seats.

 

Do you have to replace the HDD with specific makes of 2.5" HDD?

  • tnethers Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 1, 2012 5:58 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Did you not buy a Serial ATA 2.5" HDD? Also known as SATA, as this will be different from IDE, check the box or device to make sure you didn't purchase an IDE or EIDE drive.

  • tnethers Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 1, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    If I'm understanding you correctly, you're trying to replace your internal HDD. The late 2006 macbook default drive is a 4200 or 5400 rpm SATA drive, you'd have to replace it with the same connection type. If you're replacing a previous SATA drive, you'll want a new SATA drive.

    USB 3 won't connect in a SATA slot. You could, however, use an external dock for the USB 3 drive, but the Macbook won't receive USB 3 speeds, so I once again urge you to go SATA as it will be faster.

  • tnethers Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 1, 2012 7:21 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    The picture is not showing a standard 4 ping power connector. The standard is still a normal standard, just be sure it's a SATA drive, not a new USB3 or external drive. You want a SATA drive with the standard 4 pin. You won't be able to connect it otherwise.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    May 1, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Peter, this is strange, connections should be identical. I bet you do not confuse ATA with S-ATA, as the form and dimensions are completely different.

    In my experience with upgrading several such hard disks of several generations of MBs, the problem consists in a rubber protection strip which is along the hard drive, this may obstruct your inserting the disk along its guides. Last time I did that 4-5 months ago with 3 such disks, and one drove me mad, but did it at last: I simply tore off that rubber strip, and all was OK. I do not recommend you to be as violent as I was, but the problem may be there.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    May 1, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    The rubber strip was, at least with one of them (cannot remember which one or which ones) in the right side as you turn it up and having the disk slot in front of you. If you get a good light spot, you may see it or feel it with a thing screwdriver.

    It was just a guess, I do not think the connection may have different sizes according to manufacturer, it must be a standard.

  • tnethers Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 2, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Hey Peter,

     

    I was a bit off as I hadn't noticed the difference between the (4 power) pinned and unpinned HDDs. I just replaced a SAMSUNG old internal 2.5" SATA drive that had the pins with one that did not. The power pins were totally unused as the drive doesn't need additional power. Are the pins blocking entry? You could likely just find a way to remove them as they're not going to be used.

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