A few Qs about upgrading the Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by istanbul05, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. istanbul05 macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Hi i am planning on purchasing a Macbook in the near future and i am going to get the medium spec version of the Macbook. I intend to upgrade the Ram and Hdd myself to 4Gb and a bigger and maybe faster Hdd.

    1) Will changing these components void my warentee (Or Applecare , which i am also going to buy)? Should i keep the originals, so i can just put them back in if i need something replacing, or will it be okay to sell them?

    2) Which Hard Drive would be better? I could probably live comfortably with 200GB but i figured i may aswell get a 250Gb just in case i needed the extra storage in the future. Also bear in mind the 200Gb Seagate is a little more expensive than the WD 250Gb. Will the extra rpm make a difference?

    A)250GB Western Digital WD2500BEVS Scorpio, 2.5", SATA150, 5400 rpm, 8MB Cache, 12 ms


    B) 200GB Seagate ST9200420AS Momentus 7200.2, 2.5", SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 11ms

    3) When trying to install a the OS on the new hard drive what is the best possible method? I have read that i could buy an enclosure for my hdd to clone the original one onto it. However i'd prefer not to have to buy an enclosure if possible. I have an external Hdd (WD Passport) for my PC, which uses USB. Could i use that to clone the original drive, then boot from it and clone it onto the new drive?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

  2. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    The hard drive and RAM in the MacBook are user accessible and as such, cannot void the warranty simply by replacing them. However, if you break something while you are doing this.... all bets are off.

    For the hard drive.... I say get the 250. However, what are you planning on doing with the computer? Depending on how you answer, you may want to get the higher speed drive. I have almost never felt constrained by the 5400RPM drive in my MacBook, but I don't do a whole lot of image or video work anymore.

    If you do end up going for the 7200RPM 200GB drive, get the Hitachi 7K200, much better drive from all accounts. Also has a larger cache (score!).
  3. istanbul05 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Cheers mate, well i am a PC user and am switching to the Mac for the first time after some raving reviews from friends! I plan on using it for Uni etc and the only game i will be playing is Football Manager which doesn't require graphics really! I was thinking about ripping a load of my DVDs to the Macbook to watch etc on the move. I won't be doing a lot of video or photo editing i don't think.

    Any ideas on the best way to install the OS on the new hard drive?

    Many Thanks
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Excellent choice, well done. :)

    You've a couple of choices – you can either just install the OS from the disks that came with your MacBook, or use an app like Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the contents of your old hard drive onto your new one. If you're planning to upgrade more or less straight after you get your new Mac, then I guess you're not losing anything by going with the former option – certainly, that's what I did with my MacBook when I got it. Installing from the disks is a simple enough process.

    One note on the hard drive choice... the 7200prm drives run warmer than the 5400rpm versions, and I'm sure I've read that because of this they're not as suitable for the MacBooks. Someone with better knowledge of these things might correct me on this, though. In any case, I'd lean towards the 250GB version simply because of the extra space – it's surprising how quickly they can fill up.
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    I would keep the original products as a backup of RAM and HD. They most likely will be more valuable to you than what they'll fetch.

    You can clone your existing drive to your external HD (the WD Passport) and move the clone back to the new drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. After the HD upgrade, you could use the WD Passport for Time Machine although I recommend a Firewire connection over a USB.

    Good luck with your MacBook purchase and come back and ask if you need any help. -GDF
  6. istanbul05 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Thanks a lot for the help guys. Its greatly appreciated. :)

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