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13" aluminum unibody, 2.0 or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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What hard drives are compatible with this model?

The hard drive of my MacBook 13" Aluminum Unibody recently died on me, and i'm in need of a replacement. I'm not hardware-savvy so i apologize if this is a silly question, but am I able to purchase any internal hard drive and self-install? Or are there certain models and/or storage limits that i'm bound by?


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Here's a list of SATA drives that will work for you:

Here's how to install it: MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Hard Drive Replacement

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Any 2.5" SATA internal Hard Drive can be used with this model of MacBook! They are available at a reasonable price pretty much anywhere hardware is sold, including right here on iFixit!

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I tried a WD5000LPVX 500GB 2.5" SATA and when I booted the system the disk utility could not find it. I put back the old failed drive and it recognized it so I know its not the SATA Cable (even though the old drive cannot be restored or refomated etc.). Not sure why this new HD cannot work with my Macbook.

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It is probably formatted to Windows file system EXT3, try formatting it to FAT32 on another system, Linux will usually do a good job of this.


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This is a long shot but would you know the original HDD model? I have a failed HDD i'm trying to recover, but I can't recall the original model to take parts from.

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