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  • vinayk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    T-8 Torx screwdriver works. I just did an upgrade this week.
  • LeggNet Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I am running a Hitachi 7K100 7200 rpm 100gb drive in my MacBook. The heat is no more noticible then with the stock 60gb drive. As for "fitting" in the computer, it is a perfect fit.

    hth... Rich
  • DJT0M0. Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)

    Apple has a USER manual for upgrading the hard drive, I would assume that like RAM, it does NOT void the computers coverage but damage done by the item that was user-replaced will void it.
  • distro_1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    what are the physical specifcations?

    how do i know if I'm getting the right kind of drive?

    According the drive specs listed here - the Maxtor drive is a Serial ATA-150. Are all drives the same? Do I need to look for a certain form factor??? The last time I bought a hard drive I was looking for ide...
  • Michael Tirta Level 5 Level 5 (7,650 points)
    physical spec is 2.5" sata interface, not the 3.5" sata that is bigger and for desktop usage.

    Just window shopping on a couple apple authorized re-seller, they mostly give clearer information about what parts compatible for what products.
  • Charles Isaac Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    Today (okay it is past midnight so yesterday - Tues May 30) I spoke with a person at the Apple store and they said yes you can do it yourself no problem.

    We then got onto a discussion of should Apple the upgrade inside the Apple store. I wonder if Apple has this in mind.
  • distro_1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Is there a website anyone could recommend with good technical information on SATA specifications? Is the physical characterisitic of the drive the only important factor when buying an SATA drive for a Macbook? Will the drive work as long as it fits? Is there a capacity limitation, or a certain specification that I have to watch for???
  • distro_1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Can the SATA drives removed from these Macbooks be put into external drive enclosures and used as USB or Firewire drives?
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
    nsnowingCan the SATA drives removed from these Macbooks be put into external drive enclosures and used as USB or Firewire drives?

    Yes, although you will need an enclosure that is SATA compatible. Most are not… yet.
  • distro_1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    I just bought my Macbook with 2GHZ duocores and 2GB Ram...glad I didn't upgrade hard drive online. I just placed my order for the Hitachi 7200 rpm 100GB SATA drive.

    Once the drive is in the fun begins...
  • greenjewel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello I'd like to tag a question onto the end of this thread please. I have a 12" iBook - specs from info =
    Machine Name: iBook G4
    Machine Model: PowerBook6,5
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 768 MB
    Bus Speed: 133 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.8.7f1

    I would like to upgrade my hard drive either to
    80GB Hitachi Hard Drive
    2.5" 5400RPM 8MB Cache 9.5M


    100GB Samsung
    2.5 5400 Rpm 8MB Notebook Drive
    3year Warranty

    My questions are: are they compatible, will it be easy enough to do, and where do I find good instructions?!

    Thanks you!
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
    nsnowingHi Debbie, welcome to our discussions. While your question would have been better asked in the iBook forums I will answer as best I can.

    The drive you mention will be compatible with an iBook as long as they are Ultra ATA drives and not the SATA version that the MacBook/MacBook Pro models require. The specifications that you give match although to be certain you would need to provide more information.
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7 (31,985 points)
    Just to add to Ned's comments, Debbie, replacing the HD in an iBook, though possible, is a lot more difficult than replacing one in a MacBook. You can get some idea of just how much more difficult by taking a look at the guide at

    The iBook needs extensive disassembly for HD replacement. Many people find it easier to simply use an additional portable external drive in a firewire case instead.


  • shadow soldier Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)
    whats the deal on the hard drive capacity straight out of the box. its supposed to be 80gb. its 74, that I can deal with, since the actual amount usually does vary anyway, but when it had 59gb available. does the OS take up 15 gig? or if I had formatted it and intalled OSX myself would I have more space?
  • Jason Trindade Level 4 Level 4 (2,925 points)
    I'd add that you should save any pdf instructions you found from apple at the time and print to pdf any webpages regarding this swap. Make sure you get the name of anyone you talk to on the phone. The issue is this:

    User Replaceable DOES NOT mean User Upgradeable. The instructions state that you are installing a replacement drive. It doesn't talk about the caddy right? If it does then it's fine, but be careful about the definitions you see.

    The iMac G5 User Installable parts instruction guide for hard drive replacement stated that removing any screws other than the (IIRC) gold ones would invalidate your warranty, or something to that effect. Meaning that the drive caddy wasn't supposed to be removed from the drive so any replacement would be an Apple vended drive. This seems close to the same situation.

    A few calls to Apple representatives cleared that up, but just be aware that replace, upgrade, and install do not mean the same thing.

    Apple is correct in what portions of the repair they invalidate. You may want to look at this info about warranties before proceeding (US)

    If your optical drive scratches disks it can't really be blamed on your hard drive. That kind of thing is exactly why the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act was passed.

    Good Luck,