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Hey guys new here I have some computer-work background but not a whole lot so i have a lot of questions.
Sorry for the length. I gave you guys my problems and my possible solutions but I appreciate the help.

I have a 13" aluminum unibody Macbook from late 2008-2009.

I have had a clicking hard drive for a while and it's starting to get worse so I'm going to back up my stuff and get a new harddrive and I've had the battery for a long time so I need to get a new one as well.

Problems:
1. My computer freezes when I try to access my applications. So i'm assuming that part of my hard drive is corrupt so I won't be able to transfer everything over. Sometimes when i open the computer it clicks as well and my computer is frozen and sometimes that affects the computer for a while and i have to reboot my computer several times for it to not freeze.
So in order to not transfer over any corrupt files i think I might just transfer music and movies and start from scratch on everything else. What do you think?

2. My battery life is about 1 1/2 hours long right now.

3. I have an external hard drive that i can transfer things to. It has stuff from my roommate though who has a sony VAIO computer and I've never put anything on there just taken stuff off of it from him.

Solutions:
1. I plan on getting a hard drive, this one in fact... MacMall | Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS - 500GB Internal Hard Drive - 2.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - Buffer: 16 MB ST9500420AS
How does this look? I like the 7200 rpm and 500Gb.

Also these other two seem good to me..
Newegg.com - Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MacMall | Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB Internal SATA 3 Gb/s Mobile 2.5" Hard Drive WD5000BEVT

How would I go about starting this up? I don't know what I did with my original startup disk but I'd like to get 10.6 or 10.7 (can I even?) I believe my uncle has some 10.6 disks left so i can probably use that as a startup disk as well. What other difficulties would i encounter starting this up?

2. What kind of battery to get? I want one that can give me close to that 8 hour battery life. I know my first one was like maybe 4 hours. But i want a good battery? is it possible to get one from the 2009 macbook pros and install it?? If not what brand should I get? I looked on OCW and didn't find any for mine. I found this one.. Apple MacBook 13 Inch Aluminum Unibody, A1280 Battery - $55.90 is that decent? low price makes me sketch but I haven't found really anything else but most were 100 dollars for other macbooks.

also found this one.. http://www.macmall.com/p/Oncore-Powe...93~pdp.gidiieb It has a little higher voltage and mAh as well. Is that better/worse for the battery?

3. Is it going to mess up the external hard drive if I attempt to transfer things over? Some guy at a mac store said something about the hard drive reformatting and everything that is currently on there is gone. That kinda scared me but i feel like it wouldn't reformat anything but I honestly have no idea. I definitely want my music and movies to transfer over because that takes forever to get back. I have a bunch of applications but those are easily downloadable and i don't need most of the ones I have anyway. Plus that is possibly the corrupt part of my hard drive and I don't want to transfer that over if that is my problem as well.


Anyway that is my list of problems and possible solutions hahah. Sorry it's so long but I appreciate the help.

I would like to buy tonight so if you guys could give me good quick advice that'd be great!

Thanks in advance!
Tyler
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Best place to buy both the battery and the new hard drive is from Other World Computing. They're Mac specialists and only sell the best component parts. Their batteries are rated better than the Apple original.

You need to start making backups if you have not already done so. A clicking hard drive is "knocking on the door of death". It will fail soon.

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of course right when i need it. OWC isn't working.

anybody have a connection at the site that can get it back up and running??

Hey I am wanting to buy a hard drive and battery tonight or tomorrow so i can get my computer fixed this weekend. And the website is down or the server is just too busy I guess.

Does anybody know anybody at OWC that can get it working? I figured somebody on here might have a connection.

Maybe it's just not working on this computer but i was on it earlier today and it was working. Anybody else having this problem??
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Seems fine to me.

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Works fine for me.

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my bad didn't see that thread group
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Hey so I am wanting to get a new battery for my macbook because it has a battery life of about 1 1/2 hours right now..

I have the 13" aluminum unibody NONpro and other people have said to get OWC stuff but they don't sell batteries for my computer.

Are there other sizes that are compatible with my computer? I really would like to get one that has close to 8 hr battery life like the newer pros but i'm assuming it's not possible.

Any ideas?
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You can't put an 8 hour battery in that machine, but OWC does sell a battery for your computer. I believe you can use the same one for the 13" MacBook series. Anyway, since they have an 800 number and live support, give them a call and ask.
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