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ickarumba1
Apr 13, 2011, 11:26 PM
Hello there, (TL;DR at bottom)

I have a late 2008 model 13" Macbook, that I received as a present. I haven't upgraded it except by adding more RAM.
Currently it has: 4GB RAM, 2.1 GHz Dual Core Core 2, 120 GB HDD (the original one)
I am running Windows 7 off a bootcamp partition. I choose to run win7 because I don't like using OSX.

Recently, I've noticed slow downs in start up times, and on the few occasions I use OSX, I've had the rainbow beachball quite often. Therefore, I've decided to upgrade my HD.
I live in New Zealand, so the following prices in NZD, please think of the prices proportionally. (Say one HD is $100, and another is $200. Think of the first HD in USD, then just double that price for the price of the other HD in USD)

I can spend (at most) $350 NZD, but I want to base my decision of value, not of performance. These are my options:
- WD Scorpio Blue 500GB $102
- WD Scorpio Black 500GB $119
- Seagate Momentus XT 500GB $209
- OCZ Vertex 2 25nm 60GB $239
- Intel X25-M G2 80GB $288
- OCZ Vertex 2 34nm 90GB $339

I need help deciding on which HD. Most of the time I use the MB for web browsing. There is minimal storage required, as I mostly have word documents etc. Although, it would be nice to have extra storage, I most likely won't use it.

Another question I would like to ask regards to OS and using an SSD. I really like Windows 7 too much. Plus my PC runs Windows 7 and I like them to be compatible. However, If I get an SSD with low space, I'd probably have to use one OS only, and I could get used to OSX if I have to.
The problem is that OSX Leopard or SL does not support TRIM, so there's no way for me to clear out the junk in the SSD. Windows 7 supports this, but I'll have to install it using boot camp, and that would take up a considerable chunk of the SSD. I wonder if it is possible to install windows 7 on my MB without having to use Bootcamp? Is there a way to get the drivers required for the hardware on my MB, without bootcamp?

Also, I seem to have lost my installation disc for OSX that came with my MB. Is there a way for me to download a copy from Apple?

TLDR: I need a new HD for my MB. Is it possible for me to install Windows 7 on my MB without bootcamp? Is it possible to download a legit copy of OSX Leopard from Apple, since I lost the installation disc?

Thank you for reading my post. All helpful suggestions are welcome and appreciated. :)



vincenz
Apr 13, 2011, 11:32 PM
None of those hard drives in my opinion. Get a Hitachi 500 GB 7200 rpm drive. Best bang for buck. It's quiet, fast, and reliable. There's a reason apple uses them and Toshiba over WD and Seagate. I've had bad experiences with the whole Scorpio line of hard drives. They were always loud and spun up and down at random intervals causing beachballs.

ickarumba1
Apr 13, 2011, 11:46 PM
None of those hard drives in my opinion. Get a Hitachi 500 GB 7200 rpm drive. Best bang for buck. It's quiet, fast, and reliable. There's a reason apple uses them and Toshiba over WD and Seagate. I've had bad experiences with the whole Scorpio line of hard drives. They were always loud and spun up and down at random intervals causing beachballs.

Thanks for the suggestion. It receives good reviews. However, I cannot find one for a good price. The best prices is $178. This is the problem with living in my country.
The reason why I posted those drives is because they are the only ones with non-exorbitant prices.

Souljas
Apr 14, 2011, 11:36 AM
yeah I upgraded to a Hitachi Travelstar 500gb 7200, works well. Personally I would go for WD black. For me there has been no difference in battery life between my the hitachi and my stock 60gb 5400, even though the speeds are better.

Souljas
Apr 14, 2011, 11:53 AM
Personally, I wouldn't bother with ssd, for the price it is just not necessary. I use my macbook almost exclusively for W7 and it runs very well no speed problems accessing files etc. I too tried to install W7 without bootcamp and even os x but found it was too much bother, much easier with BC.

ickarumba1
Apr 14, 2011, 11:45 PM
So there's not too much point getting an SSD for my laptop? What about the seagate momentus XT?