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Mac Specs: MacBook 4,1 2.4Ghz, 2x1GB RAM, 150GB HDD, OS 10.5.8

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The specs of my MacBook are to the left.

Can any SATA II 2.5" HDD or SSD be bought and used? I've read that there is a size limitation to 500GB. Can I use any brand? Would an SSD increase boot times of the OS and applications? Also considering a RAM upgrade...

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Am not aware of any 2.5" 500 GB drive that will not fit. You will need a 9.5mm tall drive. Don't remember now, but it was only a couple of the either 2 or 3 TB drives that when they first came out were at 11.5mm tall.

Wouldn't get a 500MB HDD though, the sweet spot money wise are the 1 & 2 TB drives. You'll pay only about 25% more (or less) to get a 1 TB drive to get 100% more storage space.

And yes, an SSD will definitely "decrease" your boot time and application launch times.

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So there are no compatibility issues? As long as it fits. There's no size restriction? Can anyone confirm they've put a 1tb HDD in a MacBook 4,1?

Again any SSD can go in? What size would you recommend? Anything else I should look for when buying an SSD for a MacBook 4,1?

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I'm looking at buying the OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD or the 240GB.
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