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Ask Max: MacBook Pro Drive Upgrade

Asked on 02/05/2014:

Thinking about upgrading my drive on my Apple MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009) and wondering if the drive from it could then be installed on my powerbook G4 (5,3). I am definitely going to upgrade the memory on the Pro as it only has 4G, and because I am running into constant requests to make more room on the HD, I am seriously considering upgrading the drive to a much larger one.


The MacBook Pro uses a fairly standard 2.5 inch SATA drive, and PowerMax has many upgrade options. It is recommended to have a service technician perform the drive swap, however, as it’s nested a layer or two down inside the unit. The PowerBooks use a different type of drive connection that would prevent compatibility of a direct transplant.

If you upgraded your MacBook Pro’s drive, you could use the original in an external enclosure for additional storage as well.

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