11-15-2006, 11:15 AM
Here's another MacBook hard drive replacement story for everyone:
My MacBook came from the factory with an 80 GB drive (Fujitsu MHV2080BHPL), and I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to a larger drive because of my audio work and the fact that I've become a Parallels junkie :-).
I decided to go the simple route and get the same model drive in a larger capacity: newegg.com has the Fujitsu MHV2120BH for $122
, so I ordered that one. It arrived quickly, as newegg orders usually do (unsolicited plug :-).
The steps I took were as follows:
1) I backed up my existing hard drive to an external firewire enclosure using SuperDuper
. (I've been using this application for a long time, and I'm a huge fan-- it's what I use for regular backups.) My drive had about 55 GB used on it, and the backup took under an hour.
2) I shut down and rebooted, holding the "Option" key to see my boot device choices: I chose the external drive and booted from that, just to make sure everything on the backup worked okay. It did. I shut down the MacBook and disconnected the external drive.
3) I laid out a clean cloth, turned the MacBook over and removed the battery. Then I used a small (jeweler's) Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the three screws on the memory/hard drive bracket in the battery compartment. Then I removed the bracket.
4) The hard drive is in the left end of the case inside the battery compartment. I untucked the plastic tab and gently pulled: the hard drive slipped right out.
5) The hard drive is mounted on a thin metal caddy: you will need a #9 Torx screwdriver to remove the drive from the caddy. I removed the four screws from the caddy and removed it from the old hard drive. Then I put the caddy on the new drive.
6) I slid the new drive into its slot and tucked the plastic tab underneath the drive as the old one originally was.
7) I replaced the memory/hard drive bracket and battery, and put the unit upright again.
8) I connected the firewire drive and powered up the MacBook holding the Option key. I selected the external drive (as I did in Step 2) and booted up.
9) Once running, the MacBook gave an error message that I connected an "invalid device." A dialog box asked if I wanted to initialize the disk, and when I clicked "yes" it brought up Disk Utility.
10) In Disk Utility, I selected the new drive and chose "Erase." After a minute the drive was ready and MacOS mounted it: I could see it on my desktop and in the Finder.
11) I fired up SuperDuper again, this time making the external drive the source and the new internal drive the target. The restore took about an hour.
12) Once completed, I shut down the MacBook, disconnected the firewire drive, and pushed the Power button. The MacBook booted perfectly with the new drive. Success!
13) Once I was up and running, I ran a "Repair Permissions" just to make sure everything was copacetic. It's all good.
There are instructions on Apple's site in this PDF document
. The one thing they don't tell you (as I've found in other instructions online) is the bit about the drive caddy and the Torx screws, which I imagine would have been extremely frustrating had I attempted this at 11:00 at night and found myself without the appropriate tool.
Hope someone finds this helpful!