Mid 2009 Model A1278 / 2.26 or 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor EMC 2326

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Can I use a 7200 rpm hybrid drive MBP mid 2009

Okie I have had seen many similar threads but none that answer my question directly. I would like to put this in my computer


But I cannot find a clear answer as to if it will be compatible with the Mid 2009 MBP 13" Ive seen answers for 2011 ect

My computer now:

Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion)

Processor 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Memory: 4gb 1067 MHz DDR3

Startup Disk : Macintosh HD 160GB

Computer use: Photoshop, music editing, downloading, taxes :P

Thank you very much I appreciate the help I pretty much just want to know what the highest kind of drive i can put into my computer easily without complications. Solid State I would prefer but I want at least 500GB a TB would be lovely but i dont think they exist and those are super expensive so I thought the Hybrid would be Great! Can't wait to hear your replies thanks!

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Hi okie so everything is up and running. I swapped it out didn't have the startup disk but I found out I was able to install everything from time machine! Nice stuff. Thanks again for your advice really did help.


No problem; happy to help.


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Yes, a Seagate Momentus XT (what you're calling a "hybrid" - a platter drive with a big solid-state cache) will fit in any unibody MBP.

Seagate's published height for the drive is 9.7mm, a little bigger than the 9.5mm drives normally used in laptops, but much thinner than the 12mm and 15mm drives that were used until about 2000.

The unibody MBPs mount the drive differently from the non-unibody MacBooks/MacBook Pros. Rather then fitting the drive into a slot, which limits the height to 9.5mm or thereabouts, the unibodies have additional clearance on top of the drive. I'm looking at a 9.5mm 500GB Seagate 7200 mounted in my late 2008 MacBook Aluminum, from the first unibody generation; there's at least enough dead space over the drive to install a 12mm drive, and maybe even enough for a 15mm.

I haven't seen any laptop drives bigger than 750GB that ran faster than 5400RPM, and all the 1TB and greater drives are 12mm or thicker, to make room for additional drive plates. Unless you have a massive need for storage, I recommend speed over size. You can always offload your big storage requirements to an external 7200 FireWire desktop drive, which is a lot lower in cost.

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