Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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Is anyone else having problems installing a 1TB 7200 RPM drive

I just purchased a HGST 1TB 7200 RPM Drive P/N 0J22423

When I install it in the internal drive bay, no problem, but when I try to install a clean OS like 10.8.3. It freezes. Causing me to restart, then when the system comes back, it seem to be ok.

Shortly after, my finder crashes, other applications start crashing...

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Please give us the last three figures of your serial number.

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Macbook Pro Serial Number : XXXXXXXXXF92

Harddrive serial number: XXXXX7KC

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 17" Early 2011 Specs

Identifiers: Early 2011 17" - MC725LL/A - MacBookPro8,3 - A1297 - 2352-1*

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I have changed your icon to the correct machine. This series of machine has had a lot of issues with the hard drive cable. I would replace it with a new one and see if that solves your problems. Here's the part: MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early 2011) Hard Drive Cable

Here's how to replace it: MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Hard Drive Cable Replacement

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The original toshiba hard drive in the computer is completely fine. I get no errors when I run disk utility, when I copy files of any size.. I think it may be the 4K advanced format or the fact that the hard drive is a sata 6Gbs. Any ideas?

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Your Internal HD Interface: Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)

You might ask OWC if it compatible with your machine:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/HGST/0J22...

Maybe , the hard drive cable!

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Have to agree with Mayer here the SATA speed differences between the drive and the system is the likely issue. There should be a SEL jumper on the drive to slow its I/O speed down.

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You might have a defective drive. Try getting it replaced. Also, try doing a zero out data wipe.

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I went back to the store and got an new drive, same make, model and capacity. Installed in in my MBP with the same results. This time a little better for half a day, then the finder will crash, searching for files via spotlight would lag. All this through a clean install of 10.8.3

I'm zeroing out the second drive now. Hope it works. Does anyone think it could be because of the Advance Format 4K or is Apple, done something to the firmware so that the end user can't replace the drive just like on the iMacs??

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