Got a new white Macbook (2010 model - 2.4 GHz unibody) - need new hard drive and ram.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by GodWhomIsMike, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Good Morning Folks. I had a 4 year old white Macbook at work, and put in a request for a new 13" Macbook Pro. They had a bunch of new 2010 white Macbooks in their inventory, so they gave me one of those and told me to order what I need for it.

    I need a 500GB hard drive, and 8GB of ram. Are their any particular hard drives that are good and quick (for a 5400rpm drive)? I was looking at the Seagate Momentus XT drive, but saw that there those 7200rpm drives cause the unit to vibrate. Not the best thing when it will be sitting on a wood desk all day long.

    So, what hard drive and any particular brands of ram work best?

    Here is what I am looking at:

    WD Scorpio Blue WD6400BEVT - hard drive - 640 GB - SATA-300
    Mfg. Part: WD6400BEVT

    Crucial memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - SO DIMM 204-pin - DDR3-1066


    I put the order request in for the following

    Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300 - hard drive - 500 GB - SATA-300

    Crucial memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - SO DIMM 204-pin - DDR3-1066

    (2) Apple DVI (MB570Z/A) adapters

    I wanted the 640 GB hard drive, but read a ton of horror stories on Apple's forums about that drive.
  2. mgford11 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    I thought the White 2010 Macbooks supported a max of 4gb of ram...
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Why 2 DVI adapters?
  4. happle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    i had a seagate momentus 500gb 7200.4. then i got a hitachi 7k500, but i returned it and got another seagate 7200.4. i did this because the seagate was more quiet at idle, also cooler at idle. it seemed faster and the took up a noticeable less amount of battery. the hitachi was alright but pretty much in every aspect i liked the seagate better.

    also what do you do on your computer? you probably wont need 8gb of ram depending..

    edit: my seagate 7200.4 does not vibrate not even in the slightest bit. def go with the 7200. trust me.
  5. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    I run and test software on multiple operating systems, and rely on VMs.

    Mactracker and OWC show 8GB.
  6. hamlin macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    It's just the recommended amount. It can support 8 gigs.
  7. ohmsy macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    I was told it only supports 4 gig from someone at the apple store..
  8. hamlin macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    They just say that for legal reasons. If apple says 4 they will only say 4 because if you put in 8 and something goes wrong they are responsible.
  9. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    White MacBook7,1 (mid-2010) offers terrible performance with 2GB of ram!!!

    I reluctantly got a new white Macbook this week, which did not meet what my hardware requirements at work (my request was for a Macbook Pro with a minimum of 4GB of ram, and a 500GB hard drive). My Macbook Pro request was denied, and I use lots of VMs for cross-platform software testing. What I got was a base configuration of the white Macbook.

    I obviously have not been able to run any VMs, BUT, what is surprising me is how quickly I am using up all of the ram in here. Having Apple Mail, Acrobat Pro 9, Adium, TextWrangler, Firefox, and MS Excel 2011 open is showing that I am using 1.98 GB of RAM in Activity Monitor. Seriously?

    I am coming from a 3.5 year old Macbook, which had a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive (which I upgraded myself). I do not see any additional performance with this new Mac at all, in some cases, I think it's slower!!!! My hard drive is almost completely full, since I went from a 320GB drive to a 250GB drive.

    Maybe upgrading the hard drive and ram will make this Macbook run smoother, and become capable of doing what I need. But, judging from my first two days with this Macbook, I am extremely underwhelmed by this upgrade.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    So what was "upgraded"? You had 2GB of RAM before, and still have 2GB. You now have a smaller hard drive. That's not an upgrade.
  11. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Well, I hope the request for 8GB goes though, because this Macbook is completely unable to do any software testing using VMs with 2GB of ram. I am doing light work, and utilizing 1.98 GB of ram according to Activity Monitor.

    Faster CPU isn't anything that is noticeable. Taking a break and watching videos is significantly better now, but that's about it.
  12. akhbhaat macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010
    How much swap space are you using? That's really the crucial figure. OSX handles memory in such a way that data from recently closed programs will continue to occupy address space in RAM (to be called up again quickly if you choose to reload that same program), so you can't draw any substantial conclusions from the amount of available free space shown in the Activity Monitor.

    The slowness that you're describing usually occurs when the OS runs out of address space in the physical RAM (heavy multitasking) and starts paging data into the swap space on the hard drive, which has arduously slow read/write/transfer rates relative to RAM. I think it's a bit disappointing that Apple is still putting only 2 GB of RAM into the base Macbook in 2010, which is technically a premium computer even if it's Apple's entry-level model (it sits at a premium price-point, at least). This is a bit less of a problem in the new MBAs because paging to a solid state drive is much faster than doing the same with a traditional 5400 rpm magnetic drive.
  13. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    See attached of a screen grab of activity monitor.

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