1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 2, 2012 3:20 AM by OGELTHORPE
tarynl14 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

So I need a new hard drive for my 2010 Macbook Pro 13" because 320 GB is not enough, my computer is almost full, and has been for awhile. Also, my computer's performance has gotten much, much slower. I have been researching internal drives, and am wondering what you all would recommend. I found one that seems good, but input would be much appreciated. This is the one I found that seems best:

Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive

 

Thanks!!!


MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)

    I have several Seagates, a couple of Toshibas and one Hitachi.. They all work.  Your choice of capacity and speed I concur with (4 of my Seagates have the same specifications).

     

    At the risk of being stoned by Western Digital enthusiasts, I have seen more negative anecdotal comments about WD HDDs which make me suspicious of the product.  I suggest you by it from a vendor who, if issues should occur, would take it back for an exchange.

     

    Here is a suggested method of installing a new HDD;

     

    INSTALLING A NEW HDD IN A MBPCiao.

     

    1. Make certain that you have backed up all of your important data.

     

    2. You will need a HDD enclosure.  One with a USB connection will do.  A 9 pin Firewire is better.

     

    3. Install your new drive in the enclosure and connect it to your MBP.

     

    4. Open DISK UTILITY>ERASE.  From the left hand column drag the new drive into the 'Name' field.  Make sure that the format is 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)'.  Click on the 'Erase' button.

     

    5. Click on the 'Restore' button (on top).  Drag the old drive into the 'Source' field and the new drive into the 'Destination'  field.  Click on the 'Restore' button on the bottom right hand corner.

     

      Depending upon the amount of data you are transferring, this may take a couple hours or more.  A Firewire will speed up the transfer.  This will result in both drives having identical information on them.

     

    6. After the data transfer has completed, you may swap the drives.  Start the MBP and you have finished the installation.  The initial boot may take a bit longer than you are accustomed to, but that is normal.

     

    7. When you are satisfied that the new hard drive if functioning properly, you can erase the old drive and use it for any needs that you may have.