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I want to get a fast hdd for the laptop 500gb+ what can i get? and how many hard drives can i even have in here? im getting confused between all the articles and videos ive seen. i read there is space for 2 hd, 1 can support 6gb/s. but is that slot meant only for ssd? im confused. help appreciated. and i cant find charts on hard drives. Toms hardware hasnt updatd their charts since 08 for laptop hard drives
    
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If you get an ssd, you will never look back at HDD's.
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they are so incredibly expensive though
    
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I thought the 2011 macs where the first in which Apple made it impossible for the user to upgrade even HDDs.
     
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I thought the 2011 macs where the first in which Apple made it impossible for the user to upgrade even HDDs.
i know for a fact that that is not true
    
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For 2011, sata 3 is supported.

You have to use a product called an Optibay to have a 2nd hard drive, it replaces your optical drive though. However, it does come with an external enclosure so you'll still have access to the SuperDrive when needed.

The existing hard drive slot is the only slot that is bootable in the system outside of the USB/Thunderbolt bus, so make sure you install your boot drive in the original location, or if you just need extra storage put it in the optibay.

Hope this helps, if you have any other questions I can answer them.

Edit:

Seagate Momentus and WD 2.5" Black drives are probably your best choice, 750Gb gives good platter density at a good price.

If you're looking for best performance over pure size, the Seagate Momentus XT is the king of the hill for 2.5" mechanical drives. It's partially solid state for common random reads, which really speeds things up. Also, it's entirely handled by a chip on the drive itself so the fact that Snow Leopard doesn't support TRIM doesn't hurt you at all with this drive. It would definitely be my choice of drive, if that bears any weight.

Don't worry about not getting a sata 3 drive if you're not going to get a current-generation solid state, you won't come near the bandwidth bottleneck of sata 2 with any mechanical drive, and most solid states.

Edit again: Here's the Momentus XT in action


Edited by un1b4ll - 6/13/11 at 11:49pm
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post #7 of 12
A Seagate Momentus Xt 500gb will do well in that MBP

that or get a 64gb SSD and use an optibay to use your current HDD for a data drive
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I thought the 2011 macs where the first in which Apple made it impossible for the user to upgrade even HDDs.
You're thinking of the iMac.
    
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You're thinking of the iMac.
^^This, also, any Apple labeled "Pro" you can pretty much count on always being able to upgrade the hard drives.
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very well, how would i go about ghosting the hard drive over. how would i go about extending my partition for windows?
    
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