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Hello all,

I have a quick question on hard drive space. My wifes Macbook has a 160 gig hard drive that is nearly full. She is a student and carries all files all the time, and does really not want to have to start carrying an external drive around all the time. Samsung has a 2.5 inch 250 gig 5400 rpm serial ata hard drive for sale for $209 on newegg. So here is my question, does the macbook have a PC bios like limitation to hard drive space? I remember back in the day having to flash the bios on a pc to get it to recognize over 100 gigs, etc. Are you all aware of any limitations on hard drive space like this with the macbook?

Thanks for any advice!
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I don't think so. The only limitation to FAT32 is the individual file cannot be larger than 4gb. I would double check to see that the samsung HDD that you found on newegg is actually small enough. Not all 2.5" drives fit the macbook.
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Not all 2.5" drives fit the macbook.
Really? The OP said 2.5" SATA drive though.. I was under the impression that all 2.5" SATA HD's will work in the Macbook. Am I wrong? Sorry, but I'm planning on upgrading my HD in a couple months too. Thanks.
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Gee I thought 2.5" was 2.5" regardless of the hard drive space involved. I couldn't imagine there would be a difference...in fact I would bet my house on it.

Perhaps she need to use a file zip program on files that she does not access often to save some space....thats's what I would do first then a external drive after that. When I upgrade the drive in the laptop later it could then become my backup drive.

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Thanks for the replies, my big question is not the physical size, I have changed those drives before. I am just trying to find out if the MacBook see's all 250 gigs, or if it is limited at 200?

Thanks again, I appreciate everyones responses.
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Thanks for the replies, my big question is not the physical size, I have changed those drives before. I am just trying to find out if the MacBook see's all 250 gigs, or if it is limited at 200?

Thanks again, I appreciate everyones responses.
This site has never done me wrong. I trust the information on it.

http://www.ifixit.com/Products/MacBo...rd-Drives/7/86

Notice the 250 GB model in the first spot. I think this means you can do it.
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