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How To Upgrade The Internal 2.5" SATA Disk In An Apple Computer

Article ID = 58
Article Title = How To Upgrade The Internal 2.5" SATA Disk In An Apple Computer
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 18th October 2011
Article Last Updated = 17th August 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?58

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for upgrading the internal 2.5" SATA disk in a MacBook / MacBook Pro / Mac mini (Intel)

Upgrading The Hard Disk In Your MacBook / MacBook Pro / Mac mini (Intel)

Computers That Can Be Upgraded

How to identify your:

Easy Upgrades

Hard Upgrades

Very Hard Upgrades

Step By Step Instructions For Upgrading Your Disk

If you are upgrading to a Solid State Disk (SSD) see our article on upgrading to/using SSDs.
  1. Backup or clone your boot disk
  2. de-authorise/deactivate any software/services
  3. Make sure you have plenty of time and space to perform the upgrade - use a clean, flat surface (a towel can be useful to prevent scratching/movement)
  4. NOTE: A good tip is to use an ice cube tray for tracking screws that you may have to remove.
  5. Prepare your tools and unpack your new disk
  6. Upgrade the disk in your computer as per the individual instructions for the computer that you have
  7. Boot your computer from your Mac OS X install disc or external installation device
  8. NOTE: If you are using Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that came with your computer and you have not obtained the Lion disc image you will need to use the Lion Internet Recovery Mode
  9. Erase install Mac OS X to the new disk, restore from your Time Machine backup/backup clone or migrate from your old drive in an external case

Using Your Old Disk In An External Case

  1. Obtain an external 2.5" SATA disk case or dock
  2. Install your old hard disk in the external case or connect it to the dock
  3. Erase install Mac OS X on your new boot disk
  4. At the account setup stage create an account with user name and password "setup"
  5. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Migration Assistant
  6. Connect the external case/dock with your old disk in it to your computer
  7. In the Migration Assistant follow the on screen instructions and at the Migration Method stage select "From a Time Machine backup or other disk"
  8. Transfer your user account(s), applications and system settings as required
  9. Wait for the migration to complete
  10. NOTE: Be patient as the migration could take a long time especially if your old disk was large and/or you are using a USB connection.
  11. Once the migration has been completed logout (Apple menu > logout) and login with your usual user account.
  12. Test everything is working okay on your new boot disk and in your usual user account
  13. Now make a new up-to-date backup or clone your new boot disk
  14. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > System > Accounts (or Users & Groups in Lion) > select the "setup" account on the left > click the "-" button to delete the account and choose the "Delete the home folder"
  15. If you are going to reuse the old disk format/partition it as required
  16. If you are going to sell the old disk or give it to someone else securely erase it first

2.5" SATA disks

2.5" SATA hard disks

  • Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 7200rpm
    • Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 7200rpm 750GB (part code = HTS721075A9E630)
    • Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 7200rpm 1TB (part code = HTS721010A9E630) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 7200rpm
    • Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 7200rpm 500GB (part code = HTS727550A9E364) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 7200rpm 640GB (part code = HTS727564A9E364) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 7200rpm 750GB (part code = HTS727575A9E364) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1500 5400rpm
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1500 5400rpm 1.5TB (part code = HTS541515A9E630) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 5400rpm
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 5400rpm 640GB (part code = HTS541064A9E680) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 5400rpm 750GB (part code = HTS541075A9E680) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 5400rpm 1TB (part code = HTS541010A9E680) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 5400rpm bare drives
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 5400rpm 500GB (part code = HTS547550A9E384) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 5400rpm 640GB (part code = HTS547564A9E384) Buy it now at Amazon UK
    • Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 5400rpm 750GB (part code = HTS547575A9E384) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm 160GB (part code = WD1600BEKT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm 250GB (part code = WD2500BEKT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm 320GB (part code = WD3200BEKT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm 500GB (part code = WD5000BPKT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200rpm 750GB (part code = WD7500BPKT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 160GB (part code = WD1600BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 250GB (part code = WD2500BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 320GB (part code = WD3200BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 500GB (part code = WD5000BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 640GB (part code = WD6400BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 750GB (part code = WD7500BPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 1TB (part code = WD10JPVT) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400rpm 9.5mm
  • NOTE: Do not buy Seagate Laptop HDD "Encryption" or "Encryption/FIPS" models.
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 1TB (5400rpm) (part code = STBD1000100) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 2TB (5400rpm) (part code = STBD2000102) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Laptop HDD 7mm
  • NOTE: Do not buy Seagate Laptop HDD "Encryption" or "Encryption/FIPS" models.
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 1TB (part code = ST1000LM035)
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 2TB (part code = ST2000LM007)
  • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 7200rpm (formerly known as Momentus)
  • NOTE: Do not buy Seagate Laptop HDD/Momentus "retail kits" or the "G-Force" drives for Macintosh computers. Most Mac laptops have anti-shock facilities built in and these drives may conflict with that technology. You are recommended to buy bare/OEM non G-Shock versions of the drives.
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 160GB (7200rpm) (part code = ST9160412AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 250GB (7200rpm) (part code = ST9250410AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 320GB (7200rpm) (part code = ST9320423AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 500GB (7200rpm) (part code = ST9500420AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 7200.4 500GB (7200rpm) (part code = ST9750420AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 5400rpm (formerly known as Momentus)
  • NOTE: Do not buy Seagate Laptop HDD/Momentus "retail kits" or the "G-Force" drives for Macintosh computers. Most Mac laptops have anti-shock facilities built in and these drives may conflict with that technology. You are recommended to buy bare/OEM non G-Shock versions of the drives.
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 250GB (5400rpm) (part code = ST9250315AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 320GB (5400rpm) (part code = ST9320325AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 500GB (5400rpm) (part code = ST9500325AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 640GB (5400rpm) (part code = ST9640320AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop HDD 5400.6 750GB (5400rpm) (part code = ST9750423AS) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba 2.5" L200 5400rpm
    • Toshiba L200 500GB (5400rpm) (part code = HDWJ105EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba L200 1TB (5400rpm) (part code = HDWJ110EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba 2.5" internal hard drive
    • Toshiba 500GB (5400rpm) (part code = PH2050U-1I54) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Toshiba 1TB (5400rpm) (part code = PH2100U-1I54) Buy it now at Amazon USA

2.5" SATA hybrid hard disks

  • Seagate Laptop SSHD Solid State Hybrid (formerly known as Momentus XT)
    • Seagate Laptop SSHD 500GB (7200rpm) + NAND Flash / 7mm height (part code = ST500LM000)
      Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Momentus XT/Laptop SSHD 750GB (7200rpm) + 8GB Flash / 9.5mm height (part code = STBD750201)
    • Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB (7200rpm) + NAND Flash (part code = ST1000LM014)
      Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB (7200rpm) + NAND Flash - RETAIL KIT (part code = STBD1000400)
      Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Momentus XT/Laptop SSHD 500GB (7200rpm) + 4GB Flash (part code = ST95005620AS) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Seagate Momentus XT/Laptop SSHD 750GB (7200rpm) + 8GB Flash (part code = ST750LX003)
      Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba H200 High-Performance Hybrid Drive
    • Toshiba H200 High-Performance Hybrid Drive 500GB (7200rpm) + Flash (part code = HDWM105EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK
    • Toshiba H200 High-Performance Hybrid Drive 1TB (7200rpm) + Flash (part code = HDWM110EZSTA) Buy it now at Amazon UK

2.5" SATA Solid State Disks (SSDs)

If you are upgrading to a Solid State Disk (SSD) see our article on upgrading to/using SSDs.
  • Samsung 850 EVO
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB (part code = MZ-75E4T0) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 2TB (part code = MZ-75E2T0) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 1TB (part code = MZ-75E1T0) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 500GB (part code = MZ-75E500) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB (part code = MZ-75E250) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 EVO SSD 120GB (part code = MZ-75E120) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Samsung 850 PRO
    • Samsung 850 PRO SSD 2TB (part code = MZ-7KE2T0) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 PRO SSD 1TB (part code = MZ-7KE1T0) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 PRO SSD 512GB (part code = MZ-7KE512) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 PRO SSD 256GB (part code = MZ-7KE256) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Samsung 850 PRO SSD 128GB (part code = MZ-7KE128) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba/OCZ TR150 SSD
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 960GB (part code = TRN150-25SAT3-960G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 480GB (part code = TRN150-25SAT3-480G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 240GB (part code = TRN150-25SAT3-240G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 120GB (part code = TRN150-25SAT3-120G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Toshiba/OCZ VT180 SSD
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 960GB (part code = VTR180-25SAT3-960G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 480GB (part code = VTR180-25SAT3-480G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 240GB (part code = VTR180-25SAT3-240G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • OCZ TR150 SSD 120GB (part code = VTR180-25SAT3-120G) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA

External 2.5" SATA disk cases/enclosures

External 2.5" SATA Drive Docks and Connectors

Universal 2.5"/3.5" PATA/SATA Drive Docks and Connectors
NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.
Thunderbolt Hard Drive Enclosures and Docks
NOTE: Special information on using drives that are larger than 2TB.

Authorised/Activated Software and/or Services

NOTE: If you know of any other Macintosh software that requires activation please contact us.

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