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    New Hard Drive
    Hello, I have a question regarding switching out an old Macbook hard drive for a new one.

    When I bought my Macbook (13-inch, white, 60GB) in 2006 I went the cheap route and bought the least expensive model. I definitely regret this now, since I have been running out of space on my computer. I am looking into getting a new hard drive put in. I have a few people I know who are professionals and can do this for me (I'd screw it up if I tried on my own).

    I have been looking around online and I know I need a SATA Drive. I have found a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB drive- but I just wanted to ask someone with more experience whether or not this will be compatible with my Macbook?

    Here is a link to the drive's page:
    WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA Hard Drives ( WD1001FALS )

    If anyone can please let me know whether or not this will work- or what drive I should use I would be very grateful!

    Thanks!

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    That won't fit, it's for desktop machines.

    You need a 2.5" drive, aka a laptop drive.

    WD Scorpio Black 320 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD3200BJKT )

    I have the 320Gb version in my MacBook.

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    Thanks so much!

    Is 320 the biggest you can go with a Macbook? Also, how were you able to tell it was for a desktop?

    Would this one work?
    Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - Laptop Hard Drives

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    Thanks so much!

    Is 320 the biggest you can go with a Macbook? Also, how were you able to tell it was for a desktop?
    WD have different names for their ranges of hard drives.

    Highlight the Internal Hard Drives menu, the drop down has Desktop and Laptop options. Open both and you'll see what i mean.

    Also the height of the drive is far to big to fit in the MacBook, i think the max height is 13mm.

    I think i saw a 400Gb laptop drive somewhere.

    Western Digital WD SCORPIO 2.5 400GB SATA 8MB 5400RPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    Thanks so much!

    Is 320 the biggest you can go with a Macbook? Also, how were you able to tell it was for a desktop?

    Would this one work?
    Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - Laptop Hard Drives
    If it'll physically fit, then it'll work. You'll need to find the dimensions of this drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    I have a few people I know who are professionals and can do this for me (I'd screw it up if I tried on my own).
    FYI - replacing a MacBook hard drive is about as easy as it can get...one #00 screwdriver and 5 steps (really more like 3 b/c steps 1 & 2 involve unlocking and removing the battery!)

    Just make sure you get a 2.5" SATA drive and you should be good to go:

    Search Results for "2.5 hard drive" at OtherWorldComputing.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    Thanks so much!

    Is 320 the biggest you can go with a Macbook? Also, how were you able to tell it was for a desktop?

    Would this one work?
    Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive - Laptop Hard Drives
    I would reconsider your choice on the 500GB HDD. Go with the Seagate HDD because it's quiet, doesn't make the clicking sound this WD makes. The Seagate HDD also uses less energy.

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    ^^ Have you used/ are you using the Seagate 500GB? I have heard some people say to go with Western Digital over Seagate for durability. I'm looking for the biggest capacity hard drive, but more importantly the most durable/longest lasting.

    Also, how does it work turning on the computer for the first time with the new drive? I have the CD which I sued to upgrade to Leopard- will that get all I need to get my Macbook running again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    ^^ Have you used/ are you using the Seagate 500GB? I have heard some people say to go with Western Digital over Seagate for durability. I'm looking for the biggest capacity hard drive, but more importantly the most durable/longest lasting.

    Also, how does it work turning on the computer for the first time with the new drive? I have the CD which I sued to upgrade to Leopard- will that get all I need to get my Macbook running again?
    Yes I do use Seagate HDDs and they have a longer warranty than the WB ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    ^^ Have you used/ are you using the Seagate 500GB? I have heard some people say to go with Western Digital over Seagate for durability. I'm looking for the biggest capacity hard drive, but more importantly the most durable/longest lasting.

    Also, how does it work turning on the computer for the first time with the new drive? I have the CD which I sued to upgrade to Leopard- will that get all I need to get my Macbook running again?
    I actually ordered the Seagate 500GB drive, and am waiting for it to show up on my door step. The reasons that I chose the Seagate over WD was pretty much what CrimsonRequiem said:
    1. Seagate has a 5 year warranty versus WD's 3 year
    2. Seagate runs quieter, and uses less power, and for a notebook that is a big plus!
    3. From the reviews the WD seemed as if they all make a noticeable clicking noise.
    4. I have a Seagate 320GB in my MBP right now, and no complaints. And if I'm not mistaken Maxtor is the same thing as Seagate, and if so all of the HDDs in my house are Maxtors and the have been around for years, the only one to fail was the one I accidentally knocked over.

    The easiest thing would be to clone your existing HDD, using a third party app. That way all you do is pop in the new HDD. But you are going to need a docking station or external closure for it to transfer the data too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterpolo820 View Post
    I actually ordered the Seagate 500GB drive, and am waiting for it to show up on my door step. The reasons that I chose the Seagate over WD was pretty much what CrimsonRequiem said:
    1. Seagate has a 5 year warranty versus WD's 3 year
    2. Seagate runs quieter, and uses less power, and for a notebook that is a big plus!
    3. From the reviews the WD seemed as if they all make a noticeable clicking noise.
    4. I have a Seagate 320GB in my MBP right now, and no complaints. And if I'm not mistaken Maxtor is the same thing as Seagate, and if so all of the HDDs in my house are Maxtors and the have been around for years, the only one to fail was the one I accidentally knocked over.

    The easiest thing would be to clone your existing HDD, using a third party app. That way all you do is pop in the new HDD. But you are going to need a docking station or external closure for it to transfer the data too.
    Can you recommend a third party app for cloning a HDD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGruber View Post
    Can you recommend a third party app for cloning a HDD?
    SuperDuper!

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    I've never heard any clicking coming from my WD drive.

    Also Carbon Copy Cloner is a good program.

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    Thanks for all the help everyone!

    Waterpolo820, where did you order your Seagate from? And what was the model?

    Also, in using the cloning program- just to verify- I would clone my Macbook to my external hard drive, right? How would I go about getting that back onto my new hard drive?

    Also, what is the best thing to do with an old internal? Can I recycle it somewhere?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chjata87 View Post
    Also, what is the best thing to do with an old internal? Can I recycle it somewhere?

    Thanks again!
    When I upgraded my internal to a 160GB Toshiba drive I put the old drive in a SATA USB external enclosure and use it as extra storage. Assuming it still works you could do that. They are not very expensive.

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