So, I have a Macbook and one day for absolutely no reason it would not load the OS (Gray screen with question mark in the center). So I loaded via OS CD and I come to find that the hard drive (60GB) is dead. I called their support line, product is out of warranty, will be $1000 to fix if it is determined to be user damage (hopefully left sitting on a table and never moved isnt considered user damage) and $400 to fix if it's determined to be hardware failure. So.. let's see here. a $40 hard drive, and a $360 service charge for a 5 minute job? I think not.
So in about 4 to 5 minutes I was able to locate and remove the hard drive and replace it just to make sure it wasnt loose. Still doesn't work. Okay so it's dead. No important files on there, I get a good laugh out of some idiot $400 price.. could be worse.
Now here is the question.. a quick 15 second Google search found the hard drive for $35. #1 - Seeing as how it's for a Mac, will it function the exact same way? I'm just asking because I'm not sure if the drive would be in any way different if I ordered it from Apple rather than just from any regular website... besides a little Apple symbol next to the Seagate brand name. Apple would probably charge me $115 for it also.
#2 - If I wanted to put an 80gb in there instead, could a generic 80GB laptop hard drive function just the same?