Help speeding up MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by BryanDowdy, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    khunsanook

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    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.
     
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    Drumjim85

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    Thank you for the help. I will start looking for a HD and ram.

    Sorry for being dumb but whats 7200 HDD
     
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    Drumjim85

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    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.
     
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    mlemonds

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    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
     

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