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Very pleasantly surprised,
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written in 2011- I bought this hard drive based on the Amazon reviews, but still had my concerns as some of the reviews had pointed out the drive was noisy, hot and could be difficult to install on a Mac. But I was pleasantly surprised!
My computer spec: MacBook 13" white mid 2007, OSX Snow leopard.
I first performed a standard Time Machine backup, then switched the computer off completely, let it cool down, before I removed the battery, unscrewed the L-shaped bracket then pulled out the hard drive disk and replaced it with the new one. After that it was just a matter of putting everything back, starting the computer up again and reinstall Snow Leopard and restore from the Time Machine backup. The whole process took no longer than 3 hours (restoring from the backup took around 2,5 hours as I had a lot on the old drive...) so the actual time it took to replace the drive itself was no longer than 15 min, if even that to be honest.
Tools you'll need: 00-screwdriver, T8 torx key and grounding bracelet. I'd recommend that you do some research online first to familiarise yourself with the process. Apple have got great instructions on their support website.
After using the drive for a month and a half now, I could not be happier. It is definitely not loud, it is actually a lot less noisier than my original drive, it doesn't heat up as much as the old drive either. I've now got huge amounts of storage and it performs fast and I feel it's very reliable, my old little Mac has been given a whole new lease of life.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who are looking to replace their laptop storage
the HDD is still going strong. Not a single problem. The drive has not gotten any hotter or louder over time and no data has ever been lost. I can safely say it was a top purchase!