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Old Jul 12, 2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Should I upgrade the hard drive?

I've been looking into MBPs lately, and I know that if I do get one, I'll get the 13 inch. I've heard that it's very easy to upgrade hard drives...is this true? Is it worth it to upgrade the hard drive from 250GB to 320 GB since it's only $45?
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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I've heard that it's very easy to upgrade hard drives...is this true?
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Is it worth it to upgrade the hard drive from 250GB to 320 GB since it's only $45?
No idea. What's your budget? How much storage space do you typically use?
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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If you upgrade yourself, you will be able to keep the one it comes with. Then just put that in a cheap enclosure and you have a portable external hard drive
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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If you are gonna upgrade your hardrive might as well do it big.. no point in only upgrading from a 250 to a 320.. might as well go to a 500
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 11:23 PM   #5
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A hard drive upgrade usually the no-brainer of the lot. If you run out of space, you add another hard drive, right? You can buy a brand new 160 GB hard drive for less than $100 if you shop around, though getting your operating system to partition the whole space can be a trick. You may, however, encounter some pitfalls in the process, and I can sum these up with one word - software.
Can't really add a hard drive to a notebook, without modification (removal of superdrive), and it already comes with a 250GB. If you spend anywhere near $100 on a 160 gig drive, you got seriously ripped off. You can get a 320GB 7200 RPM drive for about 60 or 70 bucks.

In short, no, the upgrade really isn't worth the $45. If you need more space, go for a 500GB drive. You can get a good WD scorpio blue for $60, and still have the original drive as an external.
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 11:53 PM   #6
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When I bought my 13" MBP back in mid-April, I immediately upgraded to a 640GB drive. I paid $69.99 and go to keep the "old" 250GB drive. $45 for an extra 70GB? No thanks.

(And yes, it was VERY easy IF you have the right tools - #00 Philips screw driver and (I think) a #6 Torx.)
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 12:09 AM   #7
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A hard drive upgrade usually the no-brainer of the lot. If you run out of space, you add another hard drive, right? You can buy a brand new 160 GB hard drive for less than $100 if you shop around, though getting your operating system to partition the whole space can be a trick. You may, however, encounter some pitfalls in the process, and I can sum these up with one word - software.
You're going go get the latest 750GB-drive for 100$, a 160GB-drive costs about 40$. Have a look at Newegg.

I talked about laptop harddrives recently in a different topic.

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Old Jul 13, 2010, 11:28 AM   #8
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if you are skilled, do it yourself. And yes, make the other an external.
if you have the money go to 500gb, if you use that much, and research how to replace hd on your model mac and see videos and you should be all set.
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