Question: How do I find out what hard drives will work with my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012
Category: hardware, HDD: replacing the HDD and needing help on finding proper hard drive
Computer Specs: MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012
I need to replace my failing hard drive fast.. It's the computer I use for school and editing photos (I work as a photographer for my income) and I can't afford to lose it at the moment. Unfortunately, I don't have money to pay $166 for labour for Apple to replace and install one of their HDD to my MacBook. I need help finding out the specs to my Mac's current hard drive so I can match up a new replacement.
I have listed a link below of what I think (and have been told by an Apple rep at Best Buy) what should be a good match.
I can't afford much more than $100 for a HDD. I don't need anything more than 1TB or fancy things like an SSD, just a replacement.
A few questions I need answered:
1. I believe I'll need a Phillips #00 screwdriver and a T6 Torx screwdriver - is this correct? Is it all I'll need for replacing the HDD?
2. Is this HDD a good fit for my Mac? -> https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-mainstream-1tb-internal-serial-ata-hard-drive-fo r-laptops/9314126.p?skuId=9314126
If link doesn't work, check my description of the product:
"WD - Mainstream 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for LaptopsModel: WDBMYH0010BNC-NRSN
SKU: 9314126"3. Do I need a bracket? If so, what kind of bracket do I need? What kind will fit the HDD I'm interested in in question #2?
3A: If I need a bracket do you know where to find one?
4. If this is the wrong HDD I need, can you help me find the right HDD? (preferably off Amazon, Best Buy, or a reputable seller). Like I said, I can't go over $100 MAX and I need to find a HDD soon.
5. Will any 2.5" HDD work? If I were to buy the linked HDD would it fit in my computer? If not, how do I know if it will fit?
5A: How do I figure out if a hard drive will fit? Are there sizes? (I know there's sizes...but will ANY 2.5" HDD work? Or do I need deeper specs?)
Thank you in advance! I truly know nothing about the dimensions, if the connector will work for my computer... I'm clueless. All the questions I've tried searching for on Google don't bring me anywhere and my Geeky friends have tried to help but I keep hearing different things from different people (i.e. Apple says this will work, friend says it won't)
MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2012), OS X El Capitan (10.11.2), null