New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Hard Drive upgrade


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
kazuo459

 
Member Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posts: 2
kazuo459 is on a distinguished road

kazuo459 is offline
Hi, I'm looking for some advice in deciding to upgrade my hard drive

Machine:
13" Aluminum Macbook (Bought in late 2008)
2.0 Ghz, 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3, 160 GB HD

I currently have only 20 GB left on my hard drive and noticed it got very sluggish and am looking to upgrade to a 320GB Hard Drive.

1) Would it be recommended to get a SSD?
2) What Hard Drive would you recommend?

Speed, reliability, and a quiet drive would be my biggest qualities looking for..

Thank you in advance for the help!
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 40,880
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, Yosemite

chscag is offline
A 320 GB SSD is going to be expensive. You can buy a 7200 RPM 320 GB drive for a lot less. Anyway, take a look at what the OWC website has to offer. They specialize in Macs and have a wide selection of hard drives including SSD types.

LINK

Regards.
QUOTE Thanks
andr3wkim

 
Member Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posts: 162
andr3wkim will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz; 4GB RAM; GeForce 9400M

andr3wkim is offline
An SSD 320GB are rare (Not even sure they're mass-produced yet). The highest I see a 256GB costing $600. Unless you have the cash, not even a viable option. If it is within your price range though, you'll see some speed increase but definitely not worth $600 (Couple seconds off here and there).

There are a lot of HD deals out there, but I'd check out Newegg and/or wait until after Christmas for some great deals.

13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz w/ 4GB RAM
QUOTE Thanks
richsadams

 
richsadams's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 17, 2009
Location: NW Left Coast
Posts: 70
richsadams will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: iMac 27" Late 2013 - 3.5GHz Core i7 - 32GB RAM - GTX 780< 4GB GPU

richsadams is offline
IIRC when I was doing research on an upgrade for my '08 white MacBook I found out that SSD's won't fit (too tall?). Might be wrong about that...but agree, they are very expensive.

I ended up with a 500GB Hitachi Travelstar HDD for about $80. Very easy to install, quick, quiet as a mouse, cooler than the original and no problems so far.
QUOTE Thanks
ih8pc

 
Member Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posts: 34
ih8pc has a little shameless behaviour in the past
Mac Specs: Macbook Pro 15", 2.8Ghz, 4gb, 500gb

ih8pc is offline
Instead of installing a new HD, why don't you just buy a big external and move everything you don't use all the time on your mac to that? I have a 500 HDD and whenever I'm done downloading and watching any of the movies or TV shows, I just move them right over to my western digital 1TB HDD. I'm sure you already know this though. I guess I just don't understand removing an HDD from a notebook that only has 20gb left on it. What happens to all the stuff you have on it?
QUOTE Thanks
richsadams

 
richsadams's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 17, 2009
Location: NW Left Coast
Posts: 70
richsadams will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: iMac 27" Late 2013 - 3.5GHz Core i7 - 32GB RAM - GTX 780< 4GB GPU

richsadams is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by ih8pc View Post
I guess I just don't understand removing an HDD from a notebook that only has 20gb left on it. What happens to all the stuff you have on it?
I transferred everything I had to my replacement 500GB hard drive (also very easy) giving me all of the original data plus another 400GB of free space.

An external drive is always an option. We have a 1TB external on all of our Mac's for Time Machine plus a 3TB NAS/media server, but the whole idea of a laptop is portability...at least for me.
QUOTE Thanks
CrimsonRequiem

 
CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posts: 6,006
CrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to all
Mac Specs: MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB

CrimsonRequiem is offline
If you are going to go the SSD route you should get a small one. Enough space for the OS, applications. Then you need to hook up an external HDD for storage purposes only.

Even then this seems kind of like a hassle to me and I would rather much just get a 320 or 500GB HDD.

死神はリンゴしか食べない。
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« MacBook Pro and DVDs | Just Made Custom Logo for Macbook »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Another MacBook Hard Drive Replacement Experience caribiner23 Apple Notebooks 29 11-24-2011 01:16 AM
iPod 3rd Gen Hard Drive Upgrade Rat Skank iPod Hardware and Accessories 2 04-15-2009 05:36 AM
How hard is it to upgrade hard drive in C2D MBP? RickR Apple Notebooks 4 05-26-2007 11:43 PM
Creating backups and bootable images... 2kx2 Switcher Hangout 4 05-26-2007 09:53 PM
DIY: Trick out your Intel Mini kaidomac Apple Desktops 53 02-17-2007 03:40 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?