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BryanDowdy
Sep 16, 2008, 02:55 PM
I have the older white MacBook with 1.83 Core Duo, 512 MB, and 60 GB HD. The HD only has 7.40 GB of free space left. So I figured getting a external HD for storing my photos on would free up a lot of space and maybe help speed it up. But what else can I do? Right now when I am running Firefox, Photoshop, iWeb, iTunes, and Mail it really slows down. I want to be able to run all these programs with out it running really slow and sticking when switching from one to the other. Thanks.



khunsanook
Sep 16, 2008, 03:05 PM
I have the older white MacBook with 1.83 Core Duo, 512 MB, and 60 GB HD. The HD only has 7.40 GB of free space left. So I figured getting a external HD for storing my photos on would free up a lot of space and maybe help speed it up. But what else can I do? Right now when I am running Firefox, Photoshop, iWeb, iTunes, and Mail it really slows down. I want to be able to run all these programs with out it running really slow and sticking when switching from one to the other. Thanks.

For 150 bucks you should be able to get 2 gigs of ram and a new hard drive (at least 160 GB). Those improvements will change things dramatically. You should always try to keep at least 15 percent of your hard drive free.

Drumjim85
Sep 16, 2008, 03:08 PM
you could also get a 7200 HDD.

BryanDowdy
Sep 16, 2008, 03:10 PM
Thank you for the help. I will start looking for a HD and ram.

Sorry for being dumb but whats 7200 HDD

Drumjim85
Sep 16, 2008, 03:12 PM
Thank you for the help. I will start looking for a HD and ram.

Sorry for being dumb but whats 7200 HDD

7200 rpm (the actual speed of the HDD (hard drive))

what you currently have is probably 5200.. which is slower than a 7200.

so with a HDD upgrade and a ram upgrade, you could have a faster machine.

mlemonds
Sep 16, 2008, 03:12 PM
7200 rpm vs 5400 rpm or 4200 rpm

just means the drive spins faster, making it perform better. Not noticeable by most users

i agree that getting a larger internal hdd and more ram will be the best choice