320gb Western Digital Scorpio 2.5" hard drive - £99.75 (MacBookPro compatible)
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320gb Western Digital Scorpio 2.5" hard drive - £99.75 (MacBookPro compatible)

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Found 18th Feb 2008Made hot 20th Feb 2008
Ebuyer are selling this excellent Western Digital Scorpio 320gb 2.5" laptop hard drive for under £100 delivered

I bought one last week and upgraded my 15.4" MacBookPro's internal hard drive from 100gb to 320gb. So far the results & performance have been great

Not the easiest proceedure, but there are plenty of guides on the web.. eg:
ifixit.com/Gui…/8/
extremetech.com/art…asp

You'll also need a Torx T6 and a Philips 00 screwdriver to do this proceedure

Ebuyer are the cheapest I've seen this drive (usually around £119.99 on Play.com and Span.com)

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Looks good, I think I may have to upgrade my MBP HD in the future. At the moment I'm using an external HD for extra space.

When I get some money or when these come down in price even more then I think I'll go for it.
That first tutorial looks excellent, really user friendly.

I'm not ENTIRELY sure, but I think this drive can be used to upgrade a 360's hard drive to a 120Gb one (IF you know what you're doing, that is and it's a lot more complicated than replacing the drive in a macbook!).

Kushan;1596274

I'm not ENTIRELY sure, but I think this drive can be used to upgrade a … I'm not ENTIRELY sure, but I think this drive can be used to upgrade a 360's hard drive to a 120Gb one (IF you know what you're doing, that is and it's a lot more complicated than replacing the drive in a macbook!).



It'd be difficult to fit and you'd have to format it before you installed it. Does anybody know what format xbox 360 HD's are? NTFS? FAT32? :thinking:

Magic_monkey;1596301

It'd be difficult to fit and you'd have to format it before you installed … It'd be difficult to fit and you'd have to format it before you installed it. Does anybody know what format xbox 360 HD's are? NTFS? FAT32? :thinking:



Like I said, it's a very complex procedure. The reason I mentioned that it might be relevant is because only certain WD drives are supported by the tools used to create the drives. If you want to know more, google "hddhackr" =)

Does anyone know the best procedure (or at least a good place to start investigating) for checking if a 2.5" drive is suitable for a particular laptop? I've never replaced a laptop HD you see
My current 80gb Samsung is simply not adequate, but buying something that won't fit would naturally be a disaster!

Can this be used in the PS3, please? If so, very easy to replace the existing one and it does NOT expire the warranty either. :thumbsup:

Good deal!

FunkiestMonkey;1596989

Can this be used in the PS3, please? If so, very easy to replace the … Can this be used in the PS3, please? If so, very easy to replace the existing one and it does NOT expire the warranty either. :thumbsup:Good deal!



Yes it can be used in the PS3.

Price had gone up to £100.20, £100.85.

Going up by a few pence per hour - bizarre.

Original Poster

currently £98.93 inc vat

MBeeching;1596823

Does anyone know the best procedure (or at least a good place to start … Does anyone know the best procedure (or at least a good place to start investigating) for checking if a 2.5" drive is suitable for a particular laptop? I've never replaced a laptop HD you see :)My current 80gb Samsung is simply not adequate, but buying something that won't fit would naturally be a disaster!



Yes, all Samsung laptops have 2.5" drives...

warning for all those with apple care warranty's though. Replace the HDD and void your warranty. Only thing holding me back at the moment really, got 3 year warranty. So would need to go to a apple service centre to get it fitted (about £75 charge + VAT!)

Tempted just to replace it, and then just pop in the old HDD if i need to send it off for repair within the warranty period! I guess... they would know though.... maybe.....

they've made the hard driver user replaceable, they've even got a DIY PDF of how to do it on their website so i would very much doubt it invalidates the warranty on anything else other than the new HDD.

If you have a normal MacBook (not Pro), this is a very easy procedure, and it doesn't void your warranty. Just remove the battery, unscrew the panel that covers the RAM and HDD, and just pull out the old one.

MichaelPlace;1611113

they've made the hard driver user replaceable, they've even got a DIY PDF … they've made the hard driver user replaceable, they've even got a DIY PDF of how to do it on their website so i would very much doubt it invalidates the warranty on anything else other than the new HDD.



The MacBook is the only laptop to have an officially user-replaceable HDD.

This may be a hot deal, but I can't see why one would need such a large hard drive in a laptop. If you're doing Ultra-HD Video Editing, do it on a bloody desktop.

andysmith;1611152

If you have a normal MacBook (not Pro), this is a very easy procedure, … If you have a normal MacBook (not Pro), this is a very easy procedure, and it doesn't void your warranty. Just remove the battery, unscrew the panel that covers the RAM and HDD, and just pull out the old one. The MacBook is the only laptop to have an officially user-replaceable HDD.



Is this the case with the MacBook only or also the Macbook Pro?!

So yeah, those of us with a high-end MBP only, would go and buy a desktop to do that work, instead of just using what we have and adding a larger HD...

Think i've found my own answer with a little research, just the macbook. Damn. I can see why, but why not make the MBP HDD that easy to replace! :-(

razbox;1611031

Yes, all Samsung laptops have 2.5" drives...



All laptops full stop have 2.5" drives (apart from the flash memory ones of course).

Voted hot.

n00b;1611217

All laptops full stop have 2.5" drives (apart from the flash memory ones … All laptops full stop have 2.5" drives (apart from the flash memory ones of course).Voted hot.



some do have 1.8" drives

apprently, read the apple warranty terms, and basics are

- you can replace hard drives but; you wont be covered for any damage caused when doing this, and the hdd won't be covered.

If it ever does need to be sent off, keep the original drive and pop that back in when you do this should be fine. :-)

Now, im not sure to opt for a 7200rpm drive 200gb or this 320gb drive for around the same price. i would benifit from improved hdd speeds overall as i work constantly with audio, and sometimes video.

Currently got a 120gb hdd but has been full for about 3 month now! Very annoying when i can't install more app's etc.

kenan557;1611160

This may be a hot deal, but I can't see why one would need such a large … This may be a hot deal, but I can't see why one would need such a large hard drive in a laptop. If you're doing Ultra-HD Video Editing, do it on a bloody desktop.



Idiotic comment.

Agree with last comment, but would add ignorant to the list. You need a large hard drive if you are going to divvy up the hd space to install Windows under Bootcamp. Those gigabytes get eaten up very quickly. Am tempted, but am tempted even more by the 500GB drives when they drop in price (over £200 on ebay, so far).

Plus if you were doing "Ultra-HD Video Editing" your main concern would be RAM.

n00b;1611217

All laptops full stop have 2.5" drives (apart from the flash memory ones … All laptops full stop have 2.5" drives (apart from the flash memory ones of course).Voted hot.



This is not true, it's quite common for ultralight laptops to use 1.8 inch hard drives (similar to those used in mp3 players).

Great deal, I thought this might be a slower 4200rpm for the price but I see it's 5400rpm - if I hadn't upgraded my XPS M1710 to 250GB and bought the XPS M1330 with a 320GB drive I'd be picking one of these up. As for the comment about not needing the hard drive space on a laptop, that's complete nonsense - the reason I need the hard drive capacity is because the machine is portable and I want to be able to carry around my data, not leave it at home.

John

I can't seem to find any solid information on it but for that price I'd be concerned about the speed.

John

Original Poster

I've had my 320gb WD Scorpio in for a week or so and very happy with it. No problems with speed... feels faster than the 100gb drive my MBP came with, and no increase in noise

The actual process of fitting it in a MacBookPro was a bit scary though

I wouldn't say this is a great deal when the 250gb verison was only £62 a few days ago.

hotukdeals.com/ite…s-/

So is it safe to use in Macbook (non-pros) if so i'm so very very tempted lol

Now £100.00 inc vat.

voted hot.

this will work with a ps3 - without voiding the warranty - according to this...
]http//bo…840

instructions included!

Original Poster

Here's some reviews of this drive:
newegg.com/Pro…197

of the 50 reviews on Newegg.com, 48 give it 5/5 stars

Slightly cheaper at ]overclockers

Original Poster

ajay87;1616120

Slightly cheaper at ]overclockers



How much is postage on overclockers? It says £5.25 on the intial basket page? postage is free on eBuyer

Original Poster

now £94.12 inc vat on eBuyer
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