13 inch white MacBook HD

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  1. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

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    I am curious if the HD in the 999.99 macbook are just typical 2.5 sata drives?
     
  2. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.
     
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  4. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    For another $50 on top of that HD, you could get a refurb unibody MB...
     
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    Err...what?
     
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    I'm assuming the OP is looking to buy a $1K white macbook and upgrade the hd themselves to save some moola.
    Take the $1K for the white mb, add $50 for the drive linked to above and you're at $1050 for a white macbook with a bigger drive. Add another $50 to that and you can pick up this unibody MB. Granted, that one's only a 160gb HD, but it's the snazzy new design which will hold much more resale value down the road and will therefore be a better value in the long run.
     
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    If you are going to upgrade the drive yourself, go for 7200rpm. They are a bit more $$$, but for the extra maybe $30-$40 TOPS, you get a drive who's speed bottoms out at where the 5400rpm drives top out.
     
  9. jrock2004 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I already bought the MacBook. I just need to get a bigger HD now. I was curious if I need to buy the sata 3.0 or the sata 1.5
     
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    Rules of thumb:

    3.5": Desktop
    2.5": Notebooks
    ≤1.5": iPods, some netbooks, etc.
     
  11. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Why's everybody always hatin' on the white Macbook? In my opinion, its the best value Apple has right now. Granted, its not the newest design, but its otherwise almost identical to the aluminum.
     
  12. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    I think the OP is talking throughput, not physical form factor.

    From another forum (tom's something or another), but posted in '07:

    SATA is backwards compatable...meaning a 1.5 drive will funtion on a 3.0 capable mobo no problem, but the reverse is not true. The connector is physically the same, but you need to check your mobo manual, or the manufactures website. Unless your mobo says SATA 3.0 compatable, a SATA 3.0 drive isnt going to work.

    Based on the age of the post, I'm going to make an educated guess and say that it should be fine because two years worth of technology have passed. On the other hand, it is a base-model so I might just be talking out of my...
     
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    The MB's are 3.0Gb/s. They are relatively modern, and had their mobo's updated a bit when the Uni's came out.

    Other than the case, the whitebooks and the unibodies are more or less the same (plus the whitebook has Firewire)
    But, I veer of-topic. This is not a thread to argue which notebook is better. But yes, the MB will support d*mn near any type of drive you throw at it.
     
  14. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    They're drinking the Kool-Aid. I've seen people suggest the unibody MacBook over the white one because "it's more expensive". No, really. The polycarbonate MacBook remains stellar value. Can't go wrong with one. :)
     

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