9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2013 10:57 AM by Shootist007
LeBeauregard Level 1 (0 points)

My hard drive is dying (the beach ball appears, concurrent with a sound that can only be described as a squeak, coming from, I assume, the hard drive. Then, the beach ball freezes and the machine can only be revived by a hard restart)

 

My Question; can I put a Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003, 750GB, Bulk 2.5 ", 8GB Flash, SLC, 32MB Cache, 7200 U / min • SATA III 6.0Gb / s in a Macbook pro Mid-2009 15"?

 

Would be very grateful for a reply


MacBook Pro
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,207 points)

    You can install any 2.5", 9.5 mm SATA drive in your MBP.

     

    Ciao.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    As noted Yes you can. But some of the 2009 model MBPs have flakey drive to logic board cables and there is a Long thread on how some thought the Seagate XT 750GB drives where bad because they simply did not work correctly in their 2009 MBPs.

     

    It was found out that the cables were the cause and once that was changed to an updated model/type the XT drives worked properly.

     

    So you may also have to change the cable but you won't know that intil you install the drive and see if it functions correctly.

  • LeBeauregard Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you,

    one more question in what sense the driver do not work properly?

    Where can I find the cables? from Seagate? which cables? sorry if I ask stupid questions

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    They have Read & Write errors and then the OS stops booting and or crashes. Then the drive becomes inaccessable, in some cases.

     

    Replacing the drive cable fixed 99% of those problems with 99% of the people having these problems.

     

    There was a small % that no matter what they did the XT drives never worked correctly on thee 2009 model MBP.

     

    Good Luck & Best Wishes.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Somewhere in this thread is the cable model # you want.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3857094

  • LeBeauregard Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you,

    you helped me a lot!

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    You are very Welcome.

     

    Good Luck & Best Wishes.

  • LeBeauregard Level 1 (0 points)

    one last question, I promise

    SATA 1,SATA 2 or SATA-3 are
    they all compatible or not?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Ask as many questions as you like, OK.

     

    Basically yes they are all backward compatible except for the drives and or firmware on the drives that refuse to be backward compatible. Which drive they are I have no idea but mostly they are SSDs and not spinning HDD. The transfer rate on any spinning HDD is slow enough, even on the XT series, that if you have a SATA II bus the drive can't really fill it up, IE can't go over its theoretical Rated transfer speed and or the actual data rate it can handle.

     

    The problem occurred on 2009 MBPs because some of the original cables used could not handle the extra data rate the XT series drive could deliver, both reading and writing to the drive.