Gotta change my internal drive......some suggestions pls

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Joeytpg, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Joeytpg macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2004
    Vienna, Austria
    Hi guys, I need to change my MAcbook's internal drive (I only have 1 gb left, and cannot free more space)

    Recommend me a good internal drive, (I need 250 gb OR MORE)

    is it easy to swap the drives? I have an Apple reseller store around here, so I can take my macbook and get them to swap them for me, but I'd like to know if it's too hard?

    thanks :)
  2. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
    It's actually quite easy to replace the hard drive. There are several YouTube videos that illustrate how easy it is. Check them out.

    Also, why not just get some CDs/DVDs and burn some stuff off? That'd be easier than installing a new HDD, though beneficial at the same time...

    As for capacity, there are 320 GB drives on, but they're not cheap...

    Good luck!
  3. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    The most popular among Mac users is the Western Digital 320GB...either the 7200RPM or 5400RPM, whatever one you can afford.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Samsung 320 gig 5400 rpm drive. $120 from NewEgg.

    Edit: Holy crap! I just checked the price from NewEgg and the drive is now $100. That's a bargain.
  5. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
    Nice find, but is it SATA 2.5"?
  6. KoolStar macrumors demi-god


    Oct 16, 2006
    Just buy a western digital passport essential 320gb hard-drive (External Drive) then use Super-Duper or CarbonCopyCloner. Use the software to create a bootable clone of your drive (Make sure you have the new external drive to a GUID partition scheme or else boot-camp wont work). Once the disk is copied. Then boot off the usb drive to make sure that it works. This is done by using the option button at boot. Once it boots shut down your computer. Crack the case open on the external drive to remove the drive. Then take out the batter and the "L" bracket in the battery compartment on the mac. Slide the old hd out remove the for t8 torx screws. Then attach the emi shield on to the drive you removed from the passport external drive and then replace into your computer. If you want then you can replace your old drive into the external case. In the end you have a 320 gb internal drive and the old drive that will be in the external case. (By the way this drive will still be bootable off of usb.) I just did this yesterday and i bought the 320gb external drive for 119.99 at circuit city as opposed to just a drive off of macsales or new-egg for 160.00.
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Yes, it's what's in my MBP.
  8. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
  9. meklort macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
  10. Coprolite macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I have been thinking about doing the same thing. I have a 60GB drive on my CD MB. I just checked Newegg and saw that one of the drives is 89.99(Hitachi travelstar) after mail in rebate! Is the WD Scorpio worth $20 more at 109?

    It is probably time to pull the trigger, as I will be starting a new job soon and won't have time.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Samsung 500GB M6, Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB, Western Digital Scorpio 250GB/320GB.

    Also, do the swap yourself as it's a piece of cake; just take out the battery, remove the RAM cover, pull the drive out and replace!
  12. demonguard macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    I'm running a 250gb hd out of a WD Passport that I wasn't using, turns out they just put standard Scorpios in their Passports (at least they did in january, before the fancy essential and studio ones came out)
  13. Jak3 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    eh...darnit missed that... >.<
  14. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    Good brands (in order) according to the proportion of dead drives which are replaced in my shop on a regular basis;

    Western Digital
    and a distant third...

    Brands to avoid, also in order;


    I'd avoid the WD Passport drives if you're looking for a cheap external case to swap it out with, my experience (and there's been several that have come into the shop) is that they're slow as balls, and often don't work on machines which don't provide enough USB power. There's no other source for power on those things so if your machine is too weak, you're SOL.
  15. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    I'd go for Western Digital, I've always had good experiences with their drives.
  16. ShortyExcl. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    i'm not quite the hardware kind of guy so i was wondering would this:
    Western Digital 750GB SATAII,7200rpm,32MB
    fit in my macbook black (think it's 4 generation)

    and is there a possibility to upgrade your graphics card?..

    sorry if my questions are quite stupid?..but i really am a noob when it comes to hardware..
  17. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Sounds like it is a desktop (3.5") disk so no won't fit your MacBook - you need a 2.5" SATA laptop drive (9.5mm maximum height)

    No there is no graphics card as such on a MacBook - it is integrated and cannot be updated....
  18. ShortyExcl. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    K thanks for your (fast) response..i found out that the store where i'm going to buy it has another section for notebook hard drives..sorry for the bother..but thanks for the help -_-'
  19. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2008
    I would go external because you may lose battery life if you upgrade to 7200rpm. If you use external, you can disconnect it when traveling.
  20. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    You will not lose battery life by using a 7200 rpm drive under typical operating conditions.
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    thereby voiding the warranty
    ... and you got a non-warranty 5400 RPM drive instead of the 7200 RPM drives you are comparing price to.

    The MacSales price for the WD 320 5400 RPM with warranty is $114. The Samsung 320 5400 RPM is available for $100 with 3 year warranty.

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