MBP hard drive upgrading crew ...

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by turbo91, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. turbo91

    turbo91 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2002
    Messages:
    2,521
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    I was assured that if I swap out the hard drive, I'll void the warranty on the machine -- and the Genius guys won't do an HD swap. Is this true? How would Apple know I had swapped the drive out, assuming I put the stock one back in if it needed servicing?

    160GB 7200rpm FTW. (when they come out).
     
  2. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    9,220
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    League City, Texas
    well, i upgraded my HD in my ibook to a 100GB at comp USA. compUSA covered the drive and the labor for me since the guy said apple didn't. i was considering a DIY but when the guy showed me the guts of these laptops it ends up being like 50+ little screws you have to remove. They are put together like a puzzle.

    The cool thing was, i got rang up by a young girl who obviously didnt know anything about computers. She charged me for a regular tower - pc HD install which is roughly $~20. Laptop HD installs are $150+. When i paid and the guy came to take my laptop, he chewed her ass out real bad because they had to do it for what i signed on the contract. The manager was cool about it though. :Owned:
     
  3. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    We've got the 160GB 5400s at work, they are pretty swank :)
     
  4. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2001
    Messages:
    3,963
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    PNW
    160GB HDD? Link?
     
  5. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
  6. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2001
    Messages:
    3,963
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    PNW
    So ATA-6 = SATA? Any concerns regarding the physical dimensions of the drive? If it'd work, That'll definitely be one of my first upgrades (after 1GB stick of RAM) for the MacBook I'll be getting this week :cool:
     
  7. diranged

    diranged New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    Messages:
    2,399
    Likes Received:
    0
    I thought about doing the 100gb/7200RPM drive upgrade from apple -- but its only 20gb more than the stock drive. The speed would be nice, but I wanted more space too.

    I'm waiting till I can get a 140+GB SATA 2.5" 7200RPM drive... then I'll rip apart the laptop.

    As for the warranty, the honest truth is that its only going to be a problem if something seriously goes wrong, that they can attribute to you opening the thing up. In my experience, thats fairly rare for Apple laptops. The "serious" problems are usually widespread, and they usually dont even need warrentys in tact to do the replacements for those kind of problems..
     
  8. iridium130

    iridium130 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,034
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim Hills, CA --> Denver, CO
    did you reinstall the OS or did they just mirror the image from the old HD to the new one?
     
  9. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    9,220
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    League City, Texas

    they did a fresh OS install on the new HD for me. everything on the old one is still there though. they didnt wipe anything. although if i would have asked, im sure the guy would have mirrored it. :hsd:
     
  10. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    ATA-6 != SATA, so I'd call NewEgg and check if it's SATA first. My initial Google searching is coming up that it's not. So look carefully.

    Physical dimensions looked about the same when I saw it at work.
     
  11. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    22,736
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    yinzer / nilbog, trollhio
    yikes, $340 for a 160 gig hard drive. are you sure its worth that much to you? i guess it's nice to have all the space on the macbook, but you could buy a 300+ gig drive and a firewire enclosure and still have a little money left over.
    if it was up to me, i would wait.
    apple was smart for using seagate drives, they freakin rock
     
  12. diranged

    diranged New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    Messages:
    2,399
    Likes Received:
    0
    i cant even find anything bigger than 100gb @ 7200rpm @ 2.5"... you found a 160?!
     
  13. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    160GB @ 5400rpm

    No 7200rpms available ... yet.
     

Share This Page