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    jamesx
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    New MacBook hard drive replacement
    i have had my macbook for about a month now and i am looking at putting a bigger hard drive in it. i bought the computer brand new and it has a 80 gb hard drive and 2GHz intel core 2 Duo. and 1gb of ram. i was looking around at different hard drives, but i'm not really sure where to buy it or what brand would work best. what about rpm? 5400 or 7200? i am looking to upgrade to about 160gb...


    thanks for any help or pointers!

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    I suggest you go with a Seagate hard drive their warranty is great and the drives seem to last. Seagate has a 100 Gb 7200 hard drive which I think is the largest notebook drive you can buy at that speed. If you want a larger drive you will have to settle on the 5400 but again I would look towards Seagate.

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    jamesx
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    thanks for the info! what difference would i notice a difference going to a 7200 rpm? i dont play games or anything. also, after i install the new hard drive... would i be able to use my restore disks that came with the computer to install mac osx? thanks.

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    I installed a Seagate 100Gb 7200 in my MacBook although it seems a bit quicker I am not sure how much faster it really is.

    You will be able to use your OSX disks to install on the new drive, just ensure that you partiton the drive before you attempt to install.

    Get a good enclosure for your 80 Gb drive and use it as an external for backups and storage.

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    jamesx
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    how would i partition the drive? the new hard drive will be blank, correct? would i just follow the instructions that it guides me through? i am used to re installing windows on a pc but i am new to the mac. is it any different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesx View Post
    how would i partition the drive? the new hard drive will be blank, correct? would i just follow the instructions that it guides me through? i am used to re installing windows on a pc but i am new to the mac. is it any different?
    I'm pretty sure you just boot off the tiger CD's that came with your mac and then to a fresh install of mac osx on the empty drive.

    Shouldn't be too difficult.

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    jamesx
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    ok thats what i thought. thanks!

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    you have to start up the disk utility to partition the drive its included on your OS X install DVD under the tools menu. I just did a install of a 120 gig 5,400 Fujitsu drive in my MacBook this week

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    Will these not work in a MB/MBP? It lists speed of 7200rpm and capacities up to 160G:

    http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/mark...tus_7200_2.pdf

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    Doesn't a higher speed hard drive take away some battery life? I could have swore I heard that somewhere, but I'm not sure how much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd51 View Post
    Doesn't a higher speed hard drive take away some battery life? I could have swore I heard that somewhere, but I'm not sure how much.
    Yes. The 5400 speed 120Gbyte drive I fitted to my iBook this weekend (not a job for the unsteady hand I can tell you ) is rated about 50% higher current draw than the 4200 speed 30Gb it replaced. The 100Gb 7200 speed I put in my MacBook is about 30% higher again. (55mA for the 30G 4200, 85mA for the 120Gb 5400 and 110mA for the 100Gb 7200)

    I reckon the best bang for buck at present would be a 160Gb 5400, the performance increase on the iBook was very pronounced whereas the MacBook was hardly noticeable.

    The other difference in the drives is that the 120G 5400 drive has 8Mb cache whereas the 4200 30Gb only had 2Mb (I'm not sure what the 7200 drive had, probably 8Mb as well).

    Amen-Moses (who should really stop taking his computers apart!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddG View Post
    Will these not work in a MB/MBP? It lists speed of 7200rpm and capacities up to 160G:

    http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/mark...tus_7200_2.pdf
    quoting this because I'd like to know the answer

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    it should work, i dont see why not, if the macbook can take upto a 160g HD, RPM's doesnt matter, the computer looks more at the gigs and if it is made to read that many, which is not really an issue these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBasile View Post
    quoting this because I'd like to know the answer
    Yes they will work, but whether the imperceivable performance increase is worth the large amount of extra money and smallish loss of battery life is something you'll have to decide for yourself.

    160Gb 5400 drives are cheap as chips in comparison.

    Amen-Moses

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    eh, I'll probably end up with a 100GB 7400

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