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Bone77 03-02-2010 05:13 PM

Black Macbook 2.4ghz Mem/HD Upgrade?
Hello all. I have one of last model of the Black 2.4Ghz Macbooks they sold in 2008. I am looking to do a modest upgrade to it, namely to the memory and hard drive. Currently it has the stock 2GB of PC-5300 200pin DDR2-SDRAM. It also has the stock 250GB Fujitsu 5400 SATA 1.5Gb/s drive.

I am looking up upgrade to 4GB of RAM and putting in a 320GB 7200RPM drive. As far as I can tell this laptop will support both upgrades, but I am having trouble confirming that and am wondering if anyone can confirm this will work.

I was looking at this for the memory:

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model VS4GSDSKIT667D2

The drive I was looking at was this:

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive

I am not opposed to a similar model from a different manufac. however I am not able to confirm if the Macbook would support the faster speeds.

Both upgrades total about $160 give or take which is perfectly fine by me. I run the laptop in Windows 7 32 and Snow Lepard 64. The reason for the upgrade is I'd like to switch to the 64 Windows 7 and look into running Parallels. I do not do much in terms of graphic intensive stuff, but at times the system feel sluggish when I am running in OSX. I like this laptop and it has been very reliable and I want to extend the life a bit without having to go for a new laptop.

Thanks in advance for the replies.

6string 03-02-2010 08:26 PM

Welcome to Mac Forums
To cut a long story short, yes that will work, and your MacBook will support the speeds :)
Before anything, be sure to do some system maintenance to see if you need the upgrade.
Try OnyX and use the automation tab to clean the caches and repair disk permissions.

TattooedMac 03-02-2010 08:34 PM

Goto OWC ~ MacSales and click on the My OWC, put in your Mac specs and then what hardware you want to upgrade and it will provide you with a compatible list.
Oh yea welcome :)

6string 03-02-2010 08:45 PM

I was going to send the OP there, but he got a good price for both. However, I do like the post sales service from OWC

TattooedMac 03-02-2010 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by 6string (Post 1010556)
I was going to send the OP there, but he got a good price for both. However, I do like the post sales service from OWC

Yep i so agree. Since harryb sent me there, i couldnt be happier with OWC. Will forever more deal with them into the future .......

Bone77 03-03-2010 12:56 AM

Funny thing about OWC... I pass it going to work every day. They were actually a client when I worked at a place called

This isn't a knock on them personally, I just have never had good luck dealing with them.

6string 03-03-2010 01:21 AM

Not much I can say about where you worked and the relationship with them, but they have a great rep!

Bone77 03-05-2010 02:35 PM

Hello all, would like to report that my Macbook took the upgrade very well and has been running Snow Leopard and Win7-64 very nicely since the upgrade. I did a clean install for both and am very happy with the results. I got a nice little enclosure for the old HD and passed the memory on to a friend with a 1GB setup. Thanks for the help!

6string 03-05-2010 07:21 PM

Good to hear.... happt Mac'n :)

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