Dude, where's my hard drive space? (and advice on new HD)

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  1. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    I got a 2007 white MacBook, and I only have about 4GB HD space left. And that's after I did some emergency clearing out. It's obvious I need a new one, or to clear out more. I'm thinking both.

    So, I just got the free version of CleanMyMac, is that a good program to clear my HD out with?

    And, if I only want a drive that's 200GB-300GB, how much will a reliable one run me? I've seen 1TB drives for £70, but I'm not sure if they're the right size for the MB.

    If I do get a new HD, I can install Snow Leopard from an upgrade disc (they're the same as a normal one, aren't they?) then restore everything from a Time Machine backup just fine, right?

    One more thing, how do I go about installing a new HD? I remember reading it was pretty much the same method as installing new RAM, so it should be fairly simple, right? I've upgraded the RAM in this MB before, so I know the process.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    320GB seems to go for around 35£, 500GB for ~45£, 640GB for ~70£ and 750GB for ~100£. I recommend WD Scorpio Blue.

    Yes, you can install OS X from the upgrade disc and restore from a TM backup.

    Installation video
     
  3. 0dev thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, and what's a good UK site to buy it from? Amazon seems slightly overpriced, but Overclockers is looking OK.
     
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    Some of my UK friends use eBuyer, that's where I got those prices from
     
  5. 0dev thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, this is looking like the best choice so far.
     
  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I have a 320GB seagate and the space seems to be doing fine for me.
     
  7. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Here’s What You Need
    - A 2.5” SATA drive
    - Small Philips screwdriver
    - T6 Torx screwdriver, I think; a pair of pliers might work too (removing HDD mounting screws)
    - You might want to pick up a cheap hard drive enclosure (SATA to USB)

    Here’s Some Instructions
    - Search YouTube for a video on how to upgrade the HDD- it’s very simple
    - Put the old HDD in an external enclosure
    - Put in your Snow Leopard disk and then format your new drive
    - Install Snow Leopard
    - Plug in old HDD (inide the external enclosure)
    - ‘Migrate’ everything from the old drive to the new one using Migration Assistant
    - Spend 20 minutes or so downloading and installing updates (migration doesn’t include system updates)

    Here’s Some Notes
    - Installing a new hard drive is very simple, I did it in 10 minutes
    - This will only void the warranty of the original drive, unless you break something while upgrading
     
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