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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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Hi all,

I purchased my MacBook last week. First time Mac OS user! I got the 2.0Ghz, Super Drive, 80GB hard drive (black model) with the free IPOD offer and printer rebate.

I ordered 2 x 1GB of GigaRam from newegg and it looks like it improved my MacBook a little bit as far as speed and opening up applications, etc.

I also have the mac usb keyboard and logitech usb cordless mouse. Everything is working great so far, planning on buying a faster hard drive, - 7200 rpm instead of the 5400 rpm and using the old one and putting it in a usb or firewire enclosure. Use it as a backup drive or something for the mac book.

Do you guys recommend buying a Seagate drive or the Hitachi?


Once I get my linux rig up and running again, i'll have it networked to the mac. Can't wait!
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Mac Specs: 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 120GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, 15" widescreen... pretty basic.

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What kind of work will you be doing that will necessitate all that speed and memory???

Congrats on the new purchase, though.

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What kind of work will you be doing that will necessitate all that speed and memory???

Congrats on the new purchase, though.
Well I wanted the black MacBook, and figured i'd give my girlfriend my 80gb drive and use her 60gb drive as an external usb or firewire. Then thinking of purchasing a 7200 rpm either 80 or 100gb drive to replace inside the notebook.

As for memory, I saw I was using up the 512 according to one of the programs that comes with OS X. I was thinking of doing just a 1GB upgrade, but for 50 bucks more, might as well go 2GB incase I do some video editing.

Currently the notebook I still use for my last year in school, some home video editing, Office Excel/Word, connecting my IPOD, etc.
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I'm seeking the same info. I actually want to know what components of the Macbook can you upgrade? You are obviously able to upgrade your HDD can someone pls let me know what would be a compatible HDD that I should be looking for?

Also buying 2gb RAM. I use it for quite basic usage but I'm intending on keeping it for awhile so I want to upgrade it to it's max capabilities and go from there. Also are we able to upgrade your optical driver? For example can I upgrade my combo to a superdrive?
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I don't know about upgrading the drive, haven't taken that apart yet.

As far as hard disk goes, you need a 2.5" SATA 150 drive. Sizes are 60, 80, 100 GB from Seagate and Hitachi.. 5400 or 7200 rpm speeds
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http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-.../2.5-Notebook/

I too have asked about the best HDD upgrade option and from what I have read Seagate is the hands down winners. Others have had heat/noise issues with various other brands. I'm waiting until I clutter my drive up a bit before upgrading with the hope that prices drop a bit. The HDD and ram can be swapped out easily from the battery bay. Youtube even has a video showing the process.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c6ck...book%20battery

PS. Do you really need the 7200?.... and try and make your thread titles a little more precise ie. containing a glimpse of what you are asking


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