Hard Drive Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Munki60, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Munki60 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 15" MacBook Pro with a 250gb hard drive and 2gb of RAM. I have only 7gb of space left and have been considering getting a time capsule to use as my main hard drive, due to never taking my laptop out of the house and streaming everything over my network.

    I have been advised that it would be cheaper to just upgrade my hard drive. So, would this be possible:

    Would i be able to replace my existing hard drive with a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" SATA-300 5200rpm 8MB? and would i need more RAM?

    Is this easy to do?
     
  2. Reel1 macrumors member

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  3. stridemat Moderator

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    That hard drive would work well and like you say is a dang lot cheaper than a Time Capsule. Regrading RAM you do not need more to use a larger hard drive, more RAM is needed when your system starts to feel sluggish and page outs start to increases.

    For guides to upgrading your hard drive have a look at youtube.
     
  4. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    yes it is easy to change a HDD. more RAM only if you need it.

    but there is so many treads in this forum regarding this question.
    you can search the forums a bit and find answers to your question. :)

    Notebook and Mini drives must be 9.5mm high or less
     
  5. Munki60 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Looks like i have a project to be getting on with.
     
  6. maviso5 macrumors regular

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    a couple of threads down theres a guy going to a 1TB WD, looks pretty good
     
  7. Mickyfin macrumors 6502

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    Do you have a link for this thread please my friend? I too am considering replacing my 500GB HDD in my MBP for a 1TB Drive.
     
  8. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Not to mention, a lot faster.
     
  9. gonzaload1987 macrumors regular

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    Maybe it's cheaper than TC solution, but you will get a bigger and SLOWER 5200 rpm HDD...Maybe you will have to considerate a 7200 rpm hard drive, and the rest of your media on an external or TC.

    Even if it is more expensive, you can use for backup and media streaming your TC hard drive, a great solution for 2 problems
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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  11. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    The data density increase on a TB drive would probably make up for the slightly lower RPM. I don't seem many people complaining about 5400 drives in general nowadays anyway, even when doing tasks that require high speeds like audio recording.
     

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