Looking for an internal 2.5″ 2TB HDD for your MacBook, or MacBook Pro? The cheapest option is to get a Seagate Backup SlimUSB external disk and rip its guts out. It is the only 9.5mm 2.5″ 2TB internal disk on the market (or was in 2015), and I believe that it still is – even in late 2017, in Bangkok, an internal disk such as a Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA III 6.0Gb/s is around 3350 baht, or more recisely:
Seagate Barracuda SATA III 128 MB 7 mm 2Y 3390 Baht
Seagate Firecuda SATA III 128 MB 7 mm 5Y 3850 Baht
whereas the Seagate Backup Slim is normally 2620/2590 baht (depending on where you shop), or 2360 on offer (I actually ended up paying 2290 baht at a sale, with a soft case and a OTG mobile adapter thrown in).
Other disks are too fat (i.e. tall) at 12 mm to fit in the MacBook internal disk bay – other heights may be 6 mm or 15 mm.
An issue cropped up on Stack Exchange Hardware Recommendations, relating to USB repeaters, for situations where the USB device was situated at some distance from the USB host, i.e. a PC. Described below is an attempt to address the problem of signal loss over the long cables required. Continue reading Active USB repeater