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Do I need a cabby/cover for a 7mm internal HDD for my Macbook Pro (late 2011)

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello,

I need to replace my internal HDD on my mbp (late 2011, 13"), however the drive I would like to purchase does not appear to have a normal enclosure like the one that came with my macbook. Is this going to be a problem to install "as-is" in my macbook? I know that normally internal drives come with top casing that hides the internal components. 

 

 

 

Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB (7mm)

The HDD I can acquire and want to install

 

 

Seagate Momentus 320 GB (9.5mm)

The similar but slightly taller HDD model with the normal casing.

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by seerakmw View Post

I know that normally internal drives come with top casing that hides the internal components.

The image without the casing is just a marketing image. It comes with the casing too (it wouldn't work otherwise). You should really consider an SSD though at this capacity:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-5-Inch-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726

No noise, light weight, no spinup times, no mechanical parts, much higher IOPs (snappier), really fast boot times.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Good to know! ...pesky marketing sector

 

I would love an SSD, but I'm a very poor Mac owner (I even considered a used 160 GB HDD), so if you'd like to donate the difference to me, plus shipping and import taxes for Bulgaria, I will happily jump on the SSD bandwagon with you :P

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Originally Posted by seerakmw View Post

I would love an SSD, but I'm a very poor Mac owner (I even considered a used 160 GB HDD), so if you'd like to donate the difference to me, plus shipping and import taxes for Bulgaria, I will happily jump on the SSD bandwagon with you :P

I see, the import taxes are pretty high:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-840-EVO-SATAIII-TLC-Solid-State-Drive-SSD-250GB-MZ-7TE250BW-/400555238056

$180 + $34 shipping + $52 import tax. That's a bit more than 66 euros you can get a HDD for:

http://www.altech.bg/en/product/19748
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

I've had bad luck with Western Digital, so I sprang for a Samsung Momentus Thin (7mm) 320GB, 47 euro option (including shipping and sales tax) through my local repair shop, ordered from a Bulgarian distributor:

http://www.mostbg.com/most/Item.aspx?itemid=49041.

 

It's just now arrived, 7 hours later, and there is indeed the proper casing included.

 

For anyone interested, aside from altech.bg, options in Bulgaria seem to be limited to:

jarcomputers.com

mostbg.com (most economical options, but low variety for laptop components)

coni-com.com (older, cheaper models)

 

SSDs appear to be available for ~100 euro @ 120 GB, ~175 euro @ 240 GB, both on altech.bg and jarcomputers.com

 

cheers

 

edit: seems like the import tax is integrated into the price anyways, when buying from a Bulgarian warehouse/distributor :(

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