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

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  1. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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

    KthxBi
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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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.
     
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    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!
     
  6. kdum8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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 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
     
  7. kdum8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great warning, thanks! Could be an expensive mistake.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I could be wrong but I was under the impression the 640GB was fairly new to the market.
     
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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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.
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    they sure have been out for a while. ;)
     
  11. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    This isn't news, my first computer had 2000mb.
     
  12. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  13. kdum8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The answer is no to all of the above. Thanks I will give that a try! :D
     
  14. GroundLoop macrumors 68000

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

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  15. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

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    12.5mm drives fit fine in all Unibody models and the older 17" MBPs.
     
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    +1

    OWC Customer Service confirmed this :D
     
  17. kdum8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  18. catachip macrumors regular

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    Western Digital is the only manufacturer with a 640 GB drive on the market. I just got this drive, and I love it.
     
  19. bagelche macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  20. kdum8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK that makes the choice simple then! You have a 9mm drive I imagine?
     
  21. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  22. catachip macrumors regular

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    Yes, the WD 640 GB drive is a 9.5 mm drive. However, any 12.5 mm drive will also fit in to any unibody MacBook Pro or MacBook.
     
  23. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Really? 12.5mm drives fit in all the unibodies? Even the 13"?

    That would mean you could slap a 1tb drive into a MacBook. :D
     
  24. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I'm fairly sure this isn't true. I remember that Macbooks seemed to only be able to take the thinner mobile drives.
     
  25. daxomni macrumors 6502

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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.
     

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