Macbook Late 2007 - Hard Drive Upgrade?

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  1. macrumors member

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    I want to upgrade my macbooks hard drive. What is the biggest size and speed (is 7200 rpm accepted? or do i have to stick with 5400?) for my macbook late 2007? Model 3,1?

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks! Can i ask where you got the info? Ive been looking everywhere!
     
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    I recently got a MacBook 3.1 from a friend that had a bad hard drive and I replaced the stock hard drive with a Seagate 500 GB hard drive running 7200 RPM. I was a little surprised at how silent the new drive was as after starting it to format it and load the OS X on it I could not tell that it had spun up, it was virtually silent.

    The other problem is that it need new RAM and I went and got 4 GB of RAM from Staples (the only place that had any) Once I got everything together I put it in and everything is working great.

    Oh BTW this is my first posting and I have a hobby called collecting old MAC's and rebuilding them as I enjoy the challenge.
     
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    I'd say go for the 7200rpm. I don't even think I noticed anything different from a performance standpoint, but it was the difference of a few dollars even a year ago when I upped my Late 2006 model from the stock 80 GB 5400rpm HD to a 500 GB 7200rpm drive.

    Things got really sluggish as of late, so within the past month I went from the stock 1 GB RAM to 4 GB RAM (3.3 recognized in OSX). That seems to have helped a bit. Now I just hope my laptop can last for another year or more to make the investment worth it and before I can hopefully upgrade it.
     
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    You can go for a 7200RPM if you want. I'm pretty sure you can get 1TB 9.5mm hard drives now, although I'm not certain.
     
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    So i can get whatever size (GB) I want as long as its 9.5 mm high?
     
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    Yes, as stated in the guide I linked to.
     
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    The only downside to a 7,200 rpm drive is it will consume more power (and possibly make more noise) then a 5400 rpm drive.

    I wouldn't think twice in a desktop, but it's something to think about in a laptop.

    As long as the drive is SATA and physically fits, then it should work just fine in your MBP.

    Good Luck!!!
     

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