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My friend has a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- she wants to install a magnetic 2.5" HDD. Can I install any such drive or do they have to be apple compatible hardware.

  • Depends, is it the Retina MacBook Pro or is it the non-Retina MacBook Pro that hasn't been updated since mid-2012? – user24601 Dec 15 '15 at 18:18
  • Opps @user24601I had the wrong make and model -- it's a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- updated the question – user1172468 Dec 15 '15 at 18:38
  • In that case, orkoden is right. – user24601 Dec 15 '15 at 18:39
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Not possible. There's not enough room for a spinning hard drive to be connected inside any retina portable MacBook.

That being said - hose drive would work well externally via thunderbolt or USB and internal non-OEM replacements are available.

To install special SSDs. other than Apple branded look for resellers and online like OWC or RamJet.

  • Opps @user24601I had the wrong make and model -- it's a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) -- updated the question – user1172468 Dec 15 '15 at 18:38
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    The answer is pretty much the same, see the link. – orkoden Dec 15 '15 at 18:49

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