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Thread: need help upgrading macbook pro for editing (Ram,bigger HD,ext HD)

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    Nov 05, 2008
    need help upgrading macbook pro for editing (Ram,bigger HD,ext HD)
    First of all, Thank God for forums.
    ok, So I am running rediculously low on hard drive space and I pretty much want to start over with my computer. I am serious about editing and I want to get a new Hard drive (maybe 320gb or 500gb) and only install what I want on it and keep it from getting filled with random stuff.

    I have a Macbook Pro 2.2GHz (15-inch Intel Core 2 Duo) - Mid 2007 (thats when it was made)--it has 2 GB's of RAM.

    Anyways, For editing purposes, what type of hard drive (it would be helpful to have an exact brand and name) should I get? I want to just take out my hard drive I have now and start over with a new one...A clean install of the OS and of Final Cut Studio and After effects.
    also, I was trying to figure it out on my own and got confused about 7200 rpm vs. 5400 rpm and something about 8mb or 16mb cache's (I have NO IDEA what that really means and if I need 7200 or 5400 and if I need an 8 mb cache or a 16 mb cache?) Im lost. please help me!
    How much should I pay for it and where should I get it for the cheapest?

    Also, I am going to get more RAM for my computer.
    Quite frankly, I have no idea what to buy but I know I need to go from the
    2 GBs that come standard on my computer to 4gb of RAM.
    What specifically do I need? Is there a link you can give me of where to buy it?

    Lastly, I need an external hard drive for editing and an editor friend of mine said that I should without a doubt get a g-tech g-drive. Is that a good choice? Is it worth the money?

    Im willing to spend what I need to upgrade my computer to a good editing machine because I am planning on going to school for editing. I really need to make sure I buy the right things though

    thank you very much..

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    Nov 05, 2008
    I meant to say that I want to know exactly what the name and model of the internal hard drive I should buy

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    Nov 05, 2008
    I joined this site because I thought people would help me here...oh well...

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    Nov 03, 2008
    Give us a little time, my friend

    Any large capacity, 7200 RPM, 16MB Cache Seagate, WD or Hitachi would do great.

    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache

    WD 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache

    2x2GB RAM from OWC

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    Nov 05, 2008
    love you!
    thank you so much

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