How can I be sure that I purchase the correct hard drive?
I believe that the hard drive on my 15" MacBook Pro has died recently. After a session in which the computer was behaving sluggishly and repeatedly freezing, I shut it down, and attempted to reboot, only to find it stuck at the gray "Apple Screen" for hours on end.
Attempts to boot from the Apple back-up discs simply resulted in the computer ejecting them, so I have come to the conclusion that the hard drive is dead (I may be mistaken in this regard, but testimony I've read from others facing similar issues seems to suggest that HD failure is the culprit)
For what it is worth, the only previous issue I had with this computer was around 3 years ago, when it suffered from a "swollen" battery, which the Apple Store replaced under warranty (which has since expired)
As it is no longer under warranty, I would like to acquire a new drive and install it myself, but before I put down the money to do so, I would like to ensure that I purchase the correct, compatible hard drive for this specific computer.
- It is a 15.4" MacBook Pro, Model No. A1286
- It was purchased in September 2010, though the box has a 2009 copyright date
- The packaging advertises a "Precision Aluminum Unibody Enclosure" and lists a "500GB 5400-rpm hard drive" under the specifications, as well as a "2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor" (if this helps identify the particular model)
Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
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