Recommendation for a New Hard Drive for a Macbook

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Si | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, May 21 2010 1:41 PM

I currently have a late summer 08 white Macbook running L4 through Fusion/Windows XP.  I am thinking of Installing Snow Leopard and L4Mac, but would like to install a new hard drive first.  My current hard drive is running out of space at 160 gb.  Has anyone installed a new hard drive in their Macbook?  Is it difficult to do?  Also, would this be a good hard drive?

 

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Any recommendations would be helpful and appreciated.  Thanks!   

 

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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 21 2010 1:48 PM

I've done it, it's quite easy. You can get an external enclosure for your old one, or get a trade-in with OWC.com, which caters to Macs.

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Mark McDaniel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 21 2010 2:19 PM

WD Scorpio Blue has a 1 TB for $200 even though it is 12mm high....it ifits./...make sure you partition the drive through Mac Utilities and then format.....Time Machine works great as welll.

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Si | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 21 2010 2:47 PM

mcdatabc@gmail.com:

WD Scorpio Blue has a 1 TB for $200 even though it is 12mm high....it ifits./...make sure you partition the drive through Mac Utilities and then format.....Time Machine works great as welll.

Thank you for the reply.  Do they make this drive with 7200 rpm?  I could only locate one with 5200 rpm.  Do you find WD to be superior to Seagate?

 

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Mike S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 21 2010 2:47 PM

I would strongly recommend OWC's drives (at least the same models they have). Certain drives have a tendency to run hotter then others and can cause crashes or worse over time. OWC does the integration testing work and knows what works and what doesn't work (as well).

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Si | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 21 2010 2:48 PM

Ben:
You can get an external enclosure for your old one

 

Good idea!  Thank you very much.

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Si | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 9:46 AM

Si Cochran:

I currently have a late summer 08 white Macbook running L4 through Fusion/Windows XP.  I am thinking of Installing Snow Leopard and L4Mac, but would like to install a new hard drive first.  My current hard drive is running out of space at 160 gb.  Has anyone installed a new hard drive in their Macbook?  Is it difficult to do?  Also, would this be a good hard drive?

 

Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$10 off with Promo Code EMCYSZW35, ends 5/24 $84.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148374&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3864855&SID=

I decided to purchase the above hard drive, and wanted to update everyone on the performance benefits.  The 7200 RPM drive and Snow Leopard have notably increased performance all around.  Fusion/Windows XP is much snappier, and I have found the Mac Alpha to have good performance.  Yes, the Mac Alpha is not quite at Windows L4 yet, but I am pleased with what I have seen so far.  Currently, I am not even using Windows L4.  I will keep my Windows L4 around for awhile, but at this point I am planning on using the Mac Alpha for the majority of my Logos use.  I recommend the above drive and Snow Leopard if you have not already upgraded.  The $100 cost to upgrade both have well been worth the speed, functionality, and extra hard drive space.  Also, it was easy install the hard drive and OS.  I used time machine to restore my settings, files, and software.  The only install I had to do was for the Mac Alpha.  I love the way that the Mac just works.    

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Dewayne Davis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 10:14 AM

Si Cochran:
I love the way that the Mac just works.    

 

Yes, it is really awesome how it just works. I have pulled the same hard drive out and put it in several different machines without reinstalling. It just works every time. Just don't forget to deactivate machine on iTunes though. I learned the hard way that every time you move the drive to a new machine it has to reactivate iTunes. You are limited to five machines and can reset only once a year. Between my office, laptop, wife and daughter's computer, I use four. Last year I was unable to activate them all for several months because I didn't know to deactivate before moving machines. I am really thankful that Logos 4 does not do this.

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Tyler Glodjo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 10:52 AM

Si Cochran, I'm using a late Spring 2008 white macbook and I ran into the same problem you did with small hard drive space.  I got a 320GB drive because I read somewhere that the 2008 macbook models couldn't read a hard drive beyond that point.  I hope that proves wrong for you.  One other thing that I did was upgrade the memory.  My macbook only had 1GB of RAM, and using OWC for research and Amazon for purchasing, I upgraded to 4GB of RAM and my computer is running like a brand new macbook pro!  Logos4Mac sped up drastically with the memory boost.  Hope this helps.

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Si | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 12:20 PM

Dewayne Davis:

Si Cochran:
I love the way that the Mac just works.    

 

Yes, it is really awesome how it just works. I have pulled the same hard drive out and put it in several different machines without reinstalling. It just works every time. Just don't forget to deactivate machine on iTunes though. I learned the hard way that every time you move the drive to a new machine it has to reactivate iTunes. You are limited to five machines and can reset only once a year. Between my office, laptop, wife and daughter's computer, I use four. Last year I was unable to activate them all for several months because I didn't know to deactivate before moving machines. I am really thankful that Logos 4 does not do this.

Thank you for the iTunes tip!  I will keep that in mind next time.  

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Si | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 12:31 PM

Tyler Glodjo:

Si Cochran, I'm using a late Spring 2008 white macbook and I ran into the same problem you did with small hard drive space.  I got a 320GB drive because I read somewhere that the 2008 macbook models couldn't read a hard drive beyond that point.  I hope that proves wrong for you.  One other thing that I did was upgrade the memory.  My macbook only had 1GB of RAM, and using OWC for research and Amazon for purchasing, I upgraded to 4GB of RAM and my computer is running like a brand new macbook pro!  Logos4Mac sped up drastically with the memory boost.  Hope this helps.

I also have 4 GB of RAM, which makes my Macbook run nicely too. Big Smile  What do you mean by saying, "that the 2008 macbook models couldn't read a hard drive beyond [320 GB]" ?  My HD info says that I am at 499.76 GB capacity with 358.07 GB available.  Does this mean I am in the clear, or do I only have 178.25 GB of actual space left?  If I read OWC correctly, the 500 GB Seagate drive works well in Macbooks.  Thanks.

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Tyler Glodjo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 1:30 PM

I'm sorry I can't remember where I read it.  I was doing my research a couple of months ago when I upgraded.  Sounds like you should be in the clear, though.  If OWC doesn't have any red flags about it, I'm sure 500 GB it perfectly fine.  Sorry to give you a little scare Tongue Tied

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Nathan Monk | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 2 2010 5:33 PM

Hi

Just thought I would add my experiences in. I just upgarded a 2006 MBP 2.16 5400 standard 120Gb drive to a Kingston 128Gb SSD. Space was not the major issue as I have a iMac with 1Tb and a time capsule 1Tb. The MBP is used for study so the drive is not even half full. Speed is great and Logos runs very well.

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