Can you elaborate on these reports of 'crashes' etc.? Got any links?manic said:These drives are scant as anything and users have been posting weak reviews and reporting crashes. Besides, the premium seems awfully large for the extra 40GB over the 120 giggers.
Any thoughts? What has been your experience so far?
Yes, you would save money.. BUT, upgrading the HD in the MBP is a lot more difficult than in the MB. You can find directions online, like at ifixit.com, but be prepared to go slow, be organized, and make sure you know what you're doing!matttrick said:on a similar note, i have a quick question. im looking to buy a 15" MBP real soon. i know upgrading the ram myself is going to save some good money. is the same true for hard drives?
another question is, will doing so void my warranty?xfiftyfour said:Yes, you would save money.. BUT, upgrading the HD in the MBP is a lot more difficult than in the MB. You can find directions online, like at ifixit.com, but be prepared to go slow, be organized, and make sure you know what you're doing!
sounds easy enough. ive built a fair share of PC's. i just wanted to be sure i wont void the warrantyPaulinMaryland said:No, it won't void your warranty.
I put a 160GB Hitachi SATA in my daughter's MacBook. You need two screwdrivers: A #0 or 00 Philips and a #8 Torx. One is used to remove the bracket that hids the memory and hard drive; the other is used to remove the top aluminum sheet metal from the existing hard drive. I forget which is used for which step.
You're asking about the MacBook Pro though aren't you? I have not seen a definitive answer on whether replacing the hard drive yourself voids the warranty - some say yes, some no. If you ask Apple you also get differing answers!matttrick said:sounds easy enough. ive built a fair share of PC's. i just wanted to be sure i wont void the warranty
I think most of the time it works like this:drlunanerd said:Yes, but the question is does it void your warranty on the whole laptop?
I assume you mean a 100% jump over the 80GBUnspeaked said:(And I agree with the previous poster who said a 40GB jump is significant. You're talking an extra 33% over a 120, and 50% over the stock 80GB in most Apple portables.)
I rest my case, I wouldn't buy anything from Hitachi after what I experienced with their ****negatv1 said:There is currently only one review on newegg.com for the Hitachi 160gb drive. The reviewer gives it a 3/5 yet complains of "crashing". Not enough valid/useful info to skew my intentions on buying the drive - so I proceeded to buy one as planned. It should be here tomorrow, and I guess could add my inital review in a couple weeks.
40 gigs is what I consider a good jump from 120gb. Thats a sizeable bootcamp partition, and 160gb is DOUBLE the capacity of my current macbook drive.
If it breaks, oh well... that's what warranties are for.
That sucks man, I'd rather just buy a MB and get the easy access panel.BornAgainMac said:I messed my MBP opening it up. CD Drive won't work anymore. And the sides are bent and Apple wants $965 to fix it. Also when the screws fall on the floor, they activate their mini cloak device with contact with the carpet. I am determined to go back and try to fix it now that the warranty is void.
I might as well try that Thermal Grease treatment while I am at it.
What brand of 3.5" drives you used?timswim78 said:My opinion is that if you need 160GB, then you probably also need something that is faster and more reliable than a 2.5" drive.
I have owned two minis and got sick of the internal drive in each of them. So, I ran their OS's from external FW disks. It was a great improvement in terms of speed.