6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2012 1:55 PM by Courcoul
sunblock90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 15 inch MacBook Pro from 2011 with a 500gb hard drive that I want to upgrade to 1TB or the largest thing I can get in there. I have an iTunes collection of 100GB and an aperture photo collection of 300GB and growing. I am using an external 1TB drive but find it cumbersome. Can I send out the computer to Apple to get a larger drvie put in? How do I do this and how big of a drive can I install? Is it worth it?

 

 

 

 

Hardware Overview:

 

  Model Name:          MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:          MacBookPro8,2

  Processor Name:          Intel Core i7

  Processor Speed:          2.3 GHz

  Number of Processors:          1

  Total Number of Cores:          4

  L2 Cache (per Core):          256 KB

  L3 Cache:          8 MB

  Memory:          8 GB

  Boot ROM Version:          MBP81.0047.B27

  SMC Version (system):          1.69f3

  Serial Number (system):          C0*******F91

  Hardware UUID:         ****

  Sudden Motion Sensor:

  State:          Enabled

 

 

APPLE SSD TS512C:

 

  Capacity:          500.28 GB (500,277,790,720 bytes)

  Model:          APPLE SSD TS512C                       

  Revision:          CJAA0201

  Serial Number:                  21D******LOZ

  Native Command Queuing:          No

  Removable Media:          No

  Detachable Drive:          No

  BSD Name:          disk0

  Medium Type:          Solid State

  TRIM Support:          Yes

  Partition Map Type:          GPT (GUID Partition Table)

  S.M.A.R.T. status:          Verified

Maximum Speed:          Up to 800 Mb/sec

 

GoFlex Mac:

 

  Manufacturer:          Seagate

  Model:          0x60F4

  GUID:          0x2037600169F42F

  Maximum Speed:          Up to 800 Mb/sec

  Connection Speed:          Up to 800 Mb/sec

  Sub-units:

GoFlex Mac Unit:

  Unit Software Version:          0x10483

  Unit Spec ID:          0x609E

  Firmware Revision:          0x111

  Product Revision Level:          111

  Sub-units:

GoFlex Mac SBP-LUN:

  Capacity:          1 TB (1,000,204,886,016 bytes)

  Removable Media:          Yes

  BSD Name:          disk5

  Partition Map Type:          GPT (GUID Partition Table)

  S.M.A.R.T. status:          Not Supported

  Volumes:

disk5s1:

  Capacity:          209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)

  BSD Name:          disk5s1

  Content:          EFI

1TB Firewire Drive:

  Capacity:          999.86 GB (999,860,912,128 bytes)

  Available:          434.17 GB (434,171,924,480 bytes)

  Writable:          Yes

  File System:          Journaled HFS+

  BSD Name:          disk5s2

  Mount Point:          /Volumes/1TB Firewire Drive

  Content:          Apple_HFS

  Volume UUID:          75BD11D6-6571-3201-A377-1A8D9419351B

 

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MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 1TB external drive
  • 1. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)

    First, if you can edit out the serial number of your computer, not a good idea to publish that on an open forum.

     

    Next, Apple does not normally do post-purchase upgrades of hardware...you can install the hard drive yourself without affecting any warranty/AppleCare you might have.  Good source is the Mac specialist OWC, where they even have on-line videos of how to do the installation.

  • 2. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    samberl Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)

    If you do not use the DVD optical drive and are your MBP is out of warranty, you can switch the optical drive for a second HDD.

     

    A dual drive setup will give you a max of 2tb of internal storage.

  • 3. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    And as far as I can tell, the largest SSD devices, costing half an arm, are in the 512GB size. Conventional HDDs, costing a fifth or less, can indeed be had in 1TB sizes.

     

    As for the installation, the standard user manual in the current models even give you detailed instructions on the task. If you go the samberl route and remove the optical drive, the adapter you'll need to hold the storage drive in its stead should come with instructions too.

  • 4. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    sunblock90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok. I see that the new apple retina display units have very large SSD in the 1tb range. I prefer to avoid the conventional HDD as slow and power hungry. It appears that it may be more economical to purchase the new 15" Macbook Pro.

  • 5. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    samberl Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)

    You can install a 960gb SSD drive in your MBP. Look here.

     

    Your MBP already has a 512gb SSD. I would save my money and replace the optical drive with a 1tb HDD.

     

    The real benefits of a SSD are at startup and loading applications.

     

    The largest SSD drive on the retina-MBP is 768gb.

  • 6. Re: MacBook Pro upgrade 500gb SSD to 1TB?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    On the new Retinized MBPs and contrary to RAM & battery, IFixIt.com discovered that the SSD component comes in a discrete card. It is not a true off-the-shelf SSD per se that you can subsitute directly, but at least it is not soldered or glued on. If these Macs continue to sell as they do, it would not be unreasonable for third party suppliers to begin offering some sort of rMBP-specific SSD cards.