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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
    I am looking to upgrade my MBP's 80gb HD. Is it recomended to get an internal or external hard drive?

    Is there a limit (external) to the size the computer is capable of running?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    the easy out would be to get an external (firewaire or usb2.0). Upgrading to a larger internal might be cheaper, but time = money and more time spent used with upgrading & reinstalling your OS & apps.

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    Is there any speed difference between internal and external, especially through USB?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    yes...you will lose speed with a usb 2.0 external hard drive, vs. internal. I have an external drive for my MBP, and I have found it very inconvenient for me personally. I will probably swap out the internal at some point.......i do not recommend an external hard drive with a laptop, but that's just me.

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixslinger
    you will lose speed with a usb 2.0 external hard drive, vs. internal.
    How do you figure?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    MBPs use SATA internal drives. SATA is much, much faster than USB 2.0.

    SATA = 1.5Gb/second

    USB 2.0 = 480Mb/second maximum
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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    MBPs use SATA internal drives. SATA is much, much faster than USB 2.0.

    SATA = 1.5Gb/second

    USB 2.0 = 480Mb/second maximum

    That is true, but are you sure that is the bottleneck?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    Is there any way to swap the internal had drive wthout voiding your warranty or applecare?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    Mac Book Pro, 1.83 GHz, 1.5 gigs RAM, 80 GB, AND NO HEAT ISSUES!!
    no, i don't think so. Plus installing a new HD is supposed to be kinda a pain in the neck.
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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    2.0 GHz Macbook Pro, 1.5 GB RAM.....1.83 GHz Macbook 1 GB RAM
    It does void the warranty, but the actual installation isnt too bad of a job, if youve ever taken apart an apple portable. What's frustrating for me is getting by computer back the way I want it after the drive switch!!

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    What's frustrating for me is getting by computer back the way I want it after the drive switch!!
    Do you mean files and such or the fittings of the case?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    I meant files.....I have ripped apart an ibook and a couple of powerbooks, and they always go back together just perfectly, so no qualms there

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    MacBook Pro 15" 2.16Ghz Core Duo 1GB Ram 80GB
    I upgraded the internal drive in my old powerbook and instead of reinstalling OS X and copying everything back over, I put the old drive in an external enclosure, booted off the setup disk, went to disk utility, restore tab. I selected the new drive as the destination drive, and the old one as the source. It took a little while to copy everything over, but once it was done, I rebooted and it started up as if i hadn't done anything at all. Only difference was 40 more gig's of free space. disk utility didn't even care that the 2 drives were different sizes.

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.
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    So I guess the question is; Is it worth upgrading the hard drive if it means voiding the warrenty?

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    Macbook Pro Hard Drive.

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    it's all a matter of preference, but in my opinion...NO. I love my MBP to death, and have had no problems whatsoever, but they just havent been out long enough to see if any long-term problems might arise.....always nice to know that Apple will fix it if it breaks...

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