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    Which Hard drive??
    hey, i've just about run out of hard drive space on my aluminium 15'' mac book pro .
    I have a 120 gb drive at the moment, not sure what make or model.

    i need a new one, any suggestions? i'm thinking about 500 gig. thanks

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    This is the 16 million dollar question.... Well, maybe not that serious, but something I've been looking into a fair bit lately. Here are my thoughts, please take into account I don't know very much at all, just learn as I go, but I'm sure my thoughts count for something.

    I would get a Seagate hard drive possibly a Momentus and in your case, as you have a 15" MBP I would get a 7200RPM. I'll give reasons for my opinions, which are only opinions; 1. My Macbook came with a Seagate, so Apple sell you the machine with them in, and a friend of mine who works as an Apple service specialist told me to go with Seagate. 2. I have a 13" MBP, from what I've read, 13" MBPs run too hot with 7200 drives in, I looked on the Apple site and went the page where you can configure your purchase, and sure enough you can't request a 7200RPM speed drive in a MBP 13". However, if you go to the 15" and above you can select a better/bigger drive with 7200RPM speeds.

    I'm believe the faster drive would be ok in my MBP, but I don't know if this could affect my warranty or something.

    So faster and bigger in your case, why not?

    It has occurred to me that you don't have a Unibody Macbook Pro, so I would get the specs in respect to the 7200 point for your model, but I can't see an issue, but please check.

    Hope that helps to some degree.

    Good luck, post back with your decisions, thoughts and choices (related to this issue ;-))

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    If I were you, I would just get an exernal hard drive. That is much cheaper, easier and faster than getting a new internal hard drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammax12 View Post
    hey, i've just about run out of hard drive space on my aluminium 15'' mac book pro .
    I have a 120 gb drive at the moment, not sure what make or model.

    i need a new one, any suggestions? i'm thinking about 500 gig. thanks
    Both the WD and Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM models should work fine. Take a look at them on the OWC site here. OWC are Mac specialists and have excellent customer service. I highly recommend them for any Mac upgrade.

    Regards.

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