How easy to replace hard drive in MB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Stuart Hinde, May 26, 2006.

  1. Stuart Hinde macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I currently use a iBook G4 and am looking to update it to a new MB so I can use bootcamp and run windows for the maths programs i need for university.

    I was wondering how easy it is to replace the hard drive in a MB? I know the installation is easy enough but how hard is it to install OSX with the non-standard hard drive? Can you just boot from CD and install from there?

    I'm looking at the new Seagate 160GB one:
    http://www.techstore.co.uk/browse.php?a=p&prodLineID=96361
     
  2. neocell macrumors 65816

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    It's very easy. Here's a link. That drive won't work. It has to be a SATA not UATA
     
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  4. emaja macrumors 68000

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    If you have opposable thumbs, you can do it.

    Remove the battery, take out 3 screws, and pull the tab to remove the drive.

    Installing that drive would be impossible BTW, as it is not a SATA drive. The largest SATA notebook drive - to the best of my knowledge - is 120GB.
     
  5. Stuart Hinde thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    I second that too. 5400 RPM is the bare minimum today. 4200 will work, but it`ll be noticably slower in comparison. Everything from startup to Apps launching will take at least 20% extra time.
     
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  9. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't make their hard drives, therefore any drive you or Apple installs will be third-party.
     

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