Upgrading a MacBook Pro's hard drive

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Reader Matthew Thomas would like to upgrade his late-2006 MacBook Pro. He writes:

I am currently using a 15” Macbook Pro 2.33GHz and I’ve run out of hard drive space. I came across this article at Macworld, and will attempt to swap my hard drive, following the iFixit guide. My question is, for my laptop model, is there a maximum capacity of hard drive that it can take? Would I be able to put in say, a 320GB or 500GB hard drive?

Yes. Currently your MacBook Pro (which is the same model I have) will hold up to a 500GB hard drive, but that’s not a hard limit. If someone can make a hard drive of a larger capacity that fits in your MacBook, you could use it.

The iFixit guide is very good as is the article penned by Dan Frakes that you mentioned. Allow me to suggest one other resource. OWC offers free installation videos for a variety of Macs, including your MacBook Pro. It’s worth taking a look if you find it easier to learn from a video than text.

While you’re on the OWC site, have a gander at its Upgrade Center page. Here you can select the model Mac you own and, by clicking through a couple of links, find any OWC upgrades available for that model. You certainly don’t have to purchase from OWC, but it’s nice to know just how far you can take your Mac.

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