new MBP harddrive....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mark2288, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    I have a 15 2.0 gHz MBP Core Duo. I wanted to upgrade the harddrive and have several questions:

    1. What kind would I have to get? Any recommendations? I'd be willing to spend up to the 200ish range.

    2. Would there be any way to copy my existing drive to the new drive as in create an exact copy so i don't have to reinstall everything or would i have to reinstall everything?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. phungy macrumors 68020

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    What is your current HD capacity?

    1. Toshiba 200GB, Seagate 160GB, Hitachi 160GB

    2. If you have an external, SuperDuper! works great.
     
  3. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    Hi. I just upgraded my MacBook's hard drive with the Seagate 160GB hard drive, and couldn't be happier. I purchased an external enclosure from OWC for my MacBook's old hard drive, and used SuperDuper! to clone my hard drive onto the new hard drive. I didn't have to reinstall Tiger, and it only took about 1 and a half hours to copy over almost 80 GB of data to the external hard drive via FireWire. It's incredibly easy, and I'd recommend using SuperDuper! as well.
     
  4. surfer99 macrumors 6502

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    I just upgraded my macbook with a 160gb seagate and an external hard drive case from OWC. I choose the 160gb seagate that is refered to from phungy. It was so simple. Only thing was that it appears I did get a bad hard drive from OWC. After trouble shooting for a couple days I called OWC and they told me to send it back and they ended up sending me another within a few days. The new one seems to be great. As for copying my existing drive onto my new drive I just put the Mac osx cd into the computer and during the installation process it asked me if I would like to upload any files, so I just plugged in my external HD and brought the items over which was simple.
     
  5. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i would either go for the Hitachi 160 or Seagate 160...the Hitachi is cheaper. any reason to not get the Hitachi????
     
  6. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I guess if you're on a budget? But members here who have the Hitachi have said much praise. I guess with the Seagate you are paying for a better warranty...
     
  7. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    You aren't going to open your MBP up yourself are you???
     
  8. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah. it seems almost as simple as trading out RAM which I already have done. and if things appear to difficult, i have some very capable friends who help out.

    it's not like i'm switching out the motherboard or graphics card....
     
  9. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

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    To me it seems a little scary. Do know that it is not the same as upgrading on the macbook.
     
  10. mark2288 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i am well aware that upgrading a hard drive on a Macbook is inherently different from upgrading a hard drive on a MacBook Pro....
     

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