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

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Does the MacBook Pro 17'' Unibody use SATA2?

I want to buy a new hard drive and want to do SATA2; Does my MacBook Pro 17" Unibody support it?

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It will work but I don't know if it supports it. Can you direct me to the drive you're looking at?


im not looking at a spcific one but if it does ill look into it


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It shouldn't really matter, as SATA II drives are fully backwards compatible with SATA I interfaces, and vice-versa. If what you're looking at is a mechanical HDD, then what type of SATA interface won't matter because even a 10k rpm HDD can't saturate a SATA I connection; mechanical drives just aren't fast enough to need that much throughput. You'd only notice a difference with really really fast SSD's.

That said, the MBP 17" has SATA II, as do the unibody MB and MBP 15" from before the June update. From June on, the MBP 13" and 15" use SATA I for some odd reason.

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I have a=early 2009 one


Perhaps I didn't word it clearly, but I meant to say that all MBP 17" models have SATA II, while the MBP 13" and 15" models made after June 6 have SATA I.


thanks! i ordered a sata2 for my laptop


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