Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 10:28 AM (in response to tomc8151)
Tom, Did you ever get your drive to work internally? I am haaving the same difficulty. If so, how di dyou get it fixed? I just bought a
Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 2:13 PM (in response to tomc8151)
I read that the cable in my Macbook pro is probably the culprit, since it works fine outseide the case, just not at all when I attach it inside the case. In Fact, my old internal disk is not recognized outside the case if the new one is connected to the internal cable. Once I disconnect the sshd from the internal ribbon cable, it shows up normally. My local shop has order me a cable.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to markaj)
The cable is always a suspect, and it has been the cause of this not working. As you have to go into the Mac to change the drive it makes sense to relace the cable while you are there.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2013 1:24 AM (in response to markaj)
There are always videos on YouTube of people installing hard drives. You can often find videos someone installing the same model drive into same model latop like I did. I highly recommend going on ifixit.com and printing their installation intructions with photos.
I hear the ribbon cable is supposed to be very sensitive. It looked it when I installed mine. You can only pull the hard drive very short distance before putting tension on the ribbon cable.
Good luck, I hope your new and improved computer helps you get closer to your goals.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2013 12:22 AM (in response to markaj)
Like markaj and tomc8151, I had the same issue - blinking folder with question mark - after thinking my clone was successful. I found that it was because I had set up the disk with MBR partition map instead of GPT. The drive would boot when connected with the USB/SATA adapter but not when installed in the MB 5,1. I had to change the partition map type to GPT following this instruction before recloning the drive. I booted with the OS X disk and used Disk Utility to both make the change and clone from the old drive. Everything is working correctly now.
I installed a Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive. I recently upgraded the memory to 8GB and these two changes have made a tremendous difference.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 14, 2013 9:44 PM (in response to Csound1)
Has the hybrid drive effected battery life at all? increase or decrease? I also have a 2011 MBP and I'm looking to upgrade, but would like to have storage and speed. From my experience 7200RPM drives suck down battery life...
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 10:49 AM (in response to lsorice)
The MB 5,1 I upgraded is still using the original battery and I have not noticed a significant impact on battery life. Again, the performance improvement has been enormous - it is like a new machine.