Hard Disk Space critical!! New HDD needed! Maximum size anyone??

kdum8

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My damned 250GB drive just feels as though it is tiny. I have deleted all non-essentials files but basically it is totally full. (Not good for running OS X I know).

I will have to get a new HDD, but is 640GB still really the largest size that is available in the 2.5" 9mm form factor? There must be a 750GB drive about to break on the market surely?

Any ideas? Anyone with more knowledge than I? I can't seem to find anything searching.

(I have a pre-unibody macbook pro so will have to make the swap myself but it doesn't look too complicated).

p.s. before I get hammered, I already have plenty of external drives, but I need an internal one really. :p
 

MrCheeto

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The most help I can offer is mentioning removing the optical drive to accommodate 2 hard drives internally.

KthxBi
 

maflynn

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Well if your 250 if full, why would a 650gb not suffice? Seems like a healthy enough upgrade to what you currently have.
 

Thunder82

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mgclayton

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There is .. the western digital WD7500KEVT is a 750GB 5200RPM drive :

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=684

I've seen a few on ebay already, but haven't seen any resellers with them yet. (ebay users probably pulled them from new notebooks?)

There is also a 1TB 2.5 drive due 1st quarter next year :

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=685
WARNING: Both these 1TB and 750GB drives are 12.5mm high (not the standard 9.5mm) and may not fit in a MBP. Best to check first!
 

kdum8

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Well if your 250 if full, why would a 650gb not suffice? Seems like a healthy enough upgrade to what you currently have.
It is a good point. It may have to do. It is just that the 640GB drives seem to have been out for a while so I am anticipating that something bigger is coming along very soon... Would hate to buy a drive and then find out a few weeks later a bigger one is available... ;)

Still, maybe 640GB will do me..

Thanks for all the replies. :D
 

maflynn

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It is a good point. It may have to do. It is just that the 640GB drives seem to have been out for a while
I could be wrong but I was under the impression the 640GB was fairly new to the market.
 

Michael CM1

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I didn't even know 640GB drives were out. I know 500MB have been out for a long time. I'm getting along fine with a 320GB drive and using external storage for large videos and other big files. I had the same problem with my default 200GB drive.
 

yetanotherdave

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Before you go purchasing a drive, have you run monolingual, xslimmer, deleted unnecessary printer drivers, deleted unused iDVD templates, unused garageband loops etc? If you're really critical it might not be enough, but it should free up a few (around 5) GB.
 

kdum8

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Before you go purchasing a drive, have you run monolingual, xslimmer, deleted unnecessary printer drivers, deleted unused iDVD templates, unused garageband loops etc? If you're really critical it might not be enough, but it should free up a few (around 5) GB.
The answer is no to all of the above. Thanks I will give that a try! :D
 

GroundLoop

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Before you go purchasing a drive, have you run monolingual, xslimmer, deleted unnecessary printer drivers, deleted unused iDVD templates, unused garageband loops etc? If you're really critical it might not be enough, but it should free up a few (around 5) GB.
Still not sure that a 2% space recovery is going to be enough to delay the purchase for a considerable amount of time.

Hickman
 

kdum8

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12.5mm drives fit fine in all Unibody models and the older 17" MBPs.
They good? Good to know for the future although not so great for me with my pre-unibody 15" MBP :mad:

Still not sure that a 2% space recovery is going to be enough to delay the purchase for a considerable amount of time.

Hickman
No indeed but it may buy me a week or two.

I guess I will start hunting out some quality 640GB 9mm drives.

Anyone recommend a reliable manufacturer? Toshiba? WD? Fujitsu?
 

catachip

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They good? Good to know for the future although not so great for me with my pre-unibody 15" MBP :mad:



No indeed but it may buy me a week or two.

I guess I will start hunting out some quality 640GB 9mm drives.

Anyone recommend a reliable manufacturer? Toshiba? WD? Fujitsu?
Western Digital is the only manufacturer with a 640 GB drive on the market. I just got this drive, and I love it.
 

bagelche

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This isn't news, my first computer had 2000mb.
My first computer used a cassette cartridge! (Atari 800XL). I recall getting our first hard drive for our XT (30MB!), replacing one of the 360K floppies. When that drive finally died, I got a 108MB drive. How on earth would I ever fill it I wondered.

Now, my 320GB drive in my MBP (replacing the original 120GB) is full. I'm debating between getting a 640GB 5400rpm drive or a 500GB 7200rpm drive. haven't made up my mind yet.
 

Gabriel GR

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640GB laptop drives have been out for a couple of months. I only know of the Western Digital one and others are supposed to follow soon.

From 250 to 640 it's quite a bump. If you don't need all those files with you at every time you should also consider an external drive. They've gotten pretty big at reasonable prices.
 

daxomni

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The 750GB 12.5mm will fit all current model MBPs, but I could never get OSX to load on it. Not sure why, maybe I have a defective MBP. XP didn't care though, it loaded right up with no problems. Although I'm not too impressed with Apple's shoddy BC drivers.