Is there a limit on the size of my HD on my MB?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by k28921, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. k28921 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Black MB, 1 GB of RAM, and a 100 GB HD.

    I was wondering if there was any limit on the size of the SATA HD. Is there a size or memmory limit.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure I understand you. Do you mean is there a limit on how much you can dump onto the hard-drive and still keep everything running smoothly?

    If so, most people would probably say to keep anywhere between 12-6gb free.
     
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    I normally say 6-8 GBs free to keep OS X happy that includes any drives that boot/run OS X from I.E. running OS from external drive :eek:
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Currently the largest 2.5" 9.5mm SATA hard drive is 120GB. There are 160GB hard drives but they are PATA. There is a 200GB hard drive but it's 12.5mm high and won't fit in the MacBook's hard drive slot.
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Chundles,

    Is PATA a new terminology for IDE? I never heard of PATA before and it's confusing the heck outta me.
     
  6. eva01 macrumors 601

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  7. Chundles macrumors G4

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    PATA = Parallel ATA
    SATA = Serial ATA
     
  8. k28921 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much chundles. That was exactly the information that I needed.

    I am sorry that I was vague or otherwise, thank you for your help anyway.

    Edit: Fixed the typo chundles mentions below.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Chuncdles??

    You calling me fat??? :mad: :mad:

    Hee hee, just kidding.
     
  10. rjgonzales macrumors regular

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    Hitachi makes a 160 SATA drive that fits.


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Hitachi/0A28844/
     
  11. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Ahh. I see. This is why I was so confused.

    They went back and changed the terminology when the new technology came out.

    Kinda like calling chips CISC after the first RISC chips came out.

    ft
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Ah cool, wasn't aware it had been released yet. Be nice to see some in the next MBPs.

    Hopefully when i buy my next machine there will be 300GB HDDs for laptops. Considering that 3.5" HDDs have hit 750GB I would expect nothing less - won't be buying till about 2008, we could be looking at 1.5TB 3.5" HDDs by then, who knows??
     
  13. PaulinMaryland macrumors regular

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