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    Hard drive upgrade questions

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    Hard drive upgrade questions
    Ok, I'm a total computer novice, so i'm asking you guys for advice on this issue. I've almost maxed out my 120 GB hard drive on my Macbook. I'm looking to upgrade my hard drive but I don't have a clue where to start. What is the largest size hard drive I can get? Where is the best place to purchase it and what kind of price would I be looking at? I bought this Macbook new in May 2007. Also, after I decide on which hard drive to get, should I have someone install it for me, or is there a place I can go that will provide detailed instructions on how to do it myself? Any advice you guys can give is greatly appreciated.

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    Eric
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    iFixit has instructions on how to replace and repair. You just need to find your model. OWC, and newegg to find a HDD. You need a HDD that is 2.5" Wide, 9.5mm heigh. SATA. The RPM and the size is up to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    iFixit has instructions on how to replace and repair. You just need to find your model. OWC, and newegg to find a HDD. You need a HDD that is 2.5" Wide, 9.5mm heigh. SATA. The RPM and the size is up to you.
    Ok, thanks for the input. I looked on OWC and I found this one here that I kind of like, but I don't know anything about Seagate. Are they pretty good hard drives? They seemed cheaper than some of the other brands, but they were the only company that offered 7200 RPM and 750 GB. If Seagate isn't any good, what brand would you recommend?

    Here is the link:

    DIY KIT: 750GB 7200RPM HD for MacBook,... (OWCYST9750420AS) at OWC
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    bump...anybody have any feedback on the quality of Seagate hard drive replacements. Any feedback or suggestions is greatly appreciated. The Seagate seems to be cheaper than some of the other brands is why I was asking. Here is the one I am looking at:

    DIY KIT: 750GB 7200RPM HD for MacBook,... (OWCYST9750420AS) at OWC
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    Have always found Seagate to be reliable, but then all leading brands, Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi etc are much of a muchness. The three year warranty with Seagate is attractive and make sure you register the drive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    ...make sure you register the drive.
    Thanks for the reply. I think i'll go ahead and pull the trigger on the Seagate drive then. What do you mean by "register the drive"? How do you do it and what are the benefits? Sorry for the dumb questions, but as I said earlier...I'm not very knowledgable about computer stuff.
    15" Macbook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 4 GB, Seagate HDD 750 GB 7200 RPM

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    What harry means is if a warranty or registration card comes with the drive send it on in to Seagate. However, based on my own experience with buying drives, they seldom come with a registration card. Usually the manufacturer can tell by serial number and batch number when the drive was sold and if it's still under warranty. Just make sure you keep your sales receipt.

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    Hard drive upgrade questions
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    You can register your new drive online here:-

    Support | Seagate

    Most manufacturers use a similar online registration system.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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