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Attached is a photo of my MacBook Pro hard drive which has gone bad. I assume I can find a replacement online or on eBay or something. What exactly must I search for to make sure I buy something that is compatible with the laptop?

Also, some online tutorials say that after removing the hard drive case from the laptop (which pops right out after removing two Philips screws), I have to further remove the "inside" part using a Torx T6 screwdriver. Is that true, or will a replacement come with the entire piece that I already removed?

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All you need is that it is a SATA hard drive.

You need to devise the size of the replacement drive you want.
The current spec is 500GB sata 5400 RPM, 700ma 5v. 2.5" 9.5mm

Drive preferences wd, seagate, hitachi.

Depending on the size you, an SSD would speed up the boot-up and application launches.
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So a compatible SSD would include which of those specs? Not the 5400 RPM obviously, for example.
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No. Just the physical dimensions.

And you do need to use the Torx 6 screwdriver to remove and replace the four mounting posts (although, you could probably get away with using a small pair of pliers.)

See the instructions here:  https://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro
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Also, some online tutorials say that after removing the hard drive case from the laptop (which pops right out after removing two Philips screws), I have to further remove the "inside" part using a Torx T6 screwdriver. Is that true, or will a replacement come with the entire piece that I already removed?
Define this "inside" part or take a picture if possible please. I'd say keep it as it doesn't hurt as most replacement drives will be just the drive itself. As I'm not quite sure what you're referring to, I'm going to say it's better to be safe than sorry and to keep it until you've got the replacement drive.
So a compatible SSD would include which of those specs? Not the 5400 RPM obviously, for example.
The interface is mostly what matters, which in this case is SATA. I would recommend something like a Samsung 840/850 PRO SSD as these have proven to be quite reliable and have decent speeds. Have a look at your local IT shop for prices. The 256GB version sells for $169.99 on NewEgg if you need an idea of how much it'll cost to replace it.
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What has to be removed using the Torx 6 screwdriver is the four mounting posts on the side of the drive.
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Got it, only saw that after I posted my reply.
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Thanks for all the advice!
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