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    need help with new hdd drive
    Hi
    Macbook Pro 13 2.26, 2GB, 160hdd

    Bought a Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 7200 rpm 2.5" to replace the 160hdd internal. Plan to use SuperDuper to clone the Hitachi drive. Plugged in my Hitachi to UDB 2.0 with an external enclosure. Ran SuperDuper but it doesn't have the new drive in the destination selection, so I'm pretty sure I need to format the new drive first. But I'm not familiar enough about my MBP to select the right option in 'Dish Utility'. Please help. Thanks

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    It's a pretty simple process. Go into disk utility and on the left side, click on your external drive. On the right side you will now see info about that drive. Click erase (mac's version of format) and use the journaled option.. Make sure you have chosen the external drive!!!!!!! Start the erase. Wait the 10 seconds and it will give you a completed drive erase. You dont have to worry too much about settings as superduper will erase and set up the drive again for you to prepare it for the cloning. You just have to get superduper to see the drive ;-) enjoy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grnvlmike View Post
    It's a pretty simple process. Go into disk utility and on the left side, click on your external drive. On the right side you will now see info about that drive. Click erase (mac's version of format) and use the journaled option.. Make sure you have chosen the external drive!!!!!!! Start the erase. Wait the 10 seconds and it will give you a completed drive erase. You dont have to worry too much about settings as superduper will erase and set up the drive again for you to prepare it for the cloning. You just have to get superduper to see the drive ;-) enjoy...
    Thanks for the reply I did a Google and got the tip from there. But I appreciate the post just the same. Got it done. But don't want to 'break' into my MBP to replace the drive, it's too beautiful

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    I was going post a similar question. What is the difference between the 5400 and 7200 rpm hdd's? The 500GB hdd is available in both rpm ratings wth a $30 price difference for the 7200, is it worth the extra? I assume the MBP will support either.

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    If you do go ahead, go to iFixit and follow their step by step guides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbone View Post
    I was going post a similar question. What is the difference between the 5400 and 7200 rpm hdd's? The 500GB hdd is available in both rpm ratings wth a $30 price difference for the 7200, is it worth the extra? I assume the MBP will support either.
    I will tell you if it's worth it once I get mine into the MBP first hand

    On reading before I decided on the 7200 instead of the 5400, there are some that said the speed increase may cause vibration, noise, and more power drain. But people that actually have it installed said vibration and noise aren't noticeable, and the power drain is also minuscule. I'll let you know after installation and use.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Quin, be sure to go with that second link I gave you MacBook Pro Hard Drive (High Quality) Installation Video at OtherWorldComputing.com ... it's much clearer, and very simple

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    Thanks, I just need to look in my tool box to find a small enough torx screwdriver. Just curious how much faster a 7200rpm will be compare to the 5400 ones. Had to turn on my HP while my drive was cloning. Took 10minutes just to boot up the notebook and firefox. The more I use my MBP the more I start to hate my PC. Vista gave me 8 more updates for good measure after I shutdown.

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    You will see benefits from the 7200 when you start dealing with larger files, backups, encoding, and a small benefit in bootup times.
    It's won't be a "holy crapola" kind of moment, but in certain circumstances, you will definitely notice a difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quin View Post
    I will tell you if it's worth it once I get mine into the MBP first hand

    On reading before I decided on the 7200 instead of the 5400, there are some that said the speed increase may cause vibration, noise, and more power drain. But people that actually have it installed said vibration and noise aren't noticeable, and the power drain is also minuscule. I'll let you know after installation and use.
    Installed the Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 7200 rpm. Hardly any vibration problem. There is a very slight tickle to the palm when it spins and get up to speed but nothing major. Very quiet, can only hear it in a totally silent room. Not much battery drain either, although battery indicator aren't totally accurate for me to tell. Getting about the same 4-5 hours per charge with wireless internet surfing, mail, and Word. Thought it might run with more heat ...I think it does... but I think it's more my battery heating up while charging. I haven't notice much speed difference from the 7200rpm but I haven't moved any big files to know. Over all, you can't go wrong with either 7200rpm or 5400rpm drive.

    I didn't have a torx screw driver small enough to take out the four screws on the original drive so I use a pliers to twist them out. Works just as well. Pretty easy and fast upgrade but make sure to have the right tools =)

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    I recently read somewhere that the MBP comes with instructions for replacing the hdd and RAM; it also said this will not effect the warranty. Can anyone confirm this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quin View Post
    Installed the Hitachi Travelstar 500GB 7200 rpm. Hardly any vibration problem. There is a very slight tickle to the palm when it spins and get up to speed but nothing major. Very quiet, can only hear it in a totally silent room. Not much battery drain either, although battery indicator aren't totally accurate for me to tell. Getting about the same 4-5 hours per charge with wireless internet surfing, mail, and Word. Thought it might run with more heat ...I think it does... but I think it's more my battery heating up while charging. I haven't notice much speed difference from the 7200rpm but I haven't moved any big files to know. Over all, you can't go wrong with either 7200rpm or 5400rpm drive.

    I didn't have a torx screw driver small enough to take out the four screws on the original drive so I use a pliers to twist them out. Works just as well. Pretty easy and fast upgrade but make sure to have the right tools =)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tbone View Post
    I recently read somewhere that the MBP comes with instructions for replacing the hdd and RAM; it also said this will not effect the warranty. Can anyone confirm this?
    Yeah, if I remember right the little booklet that came with the unit shows you how to get access to the ram and hdd drive

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    True, Ram and HD upgrades don't effect the warranty!
    Quin, glad to hear it all went smoothly, and as for speed, you will only notice when you do get into some intensive work.

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