I need a much bigger HD for my MacBook- up to 300gb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kingsleyflint, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. kingsleyflint macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    Earlier this year I bought a MacBook 2GHz Intel Core2 Duo with a 160gb HD, thinking this would massively futureproof me, as my previous iBook had a 60gb drive filling up fast. I love it, but then....
    I discovered the 80gb iPod, and that filling it up entailed adding 80gb to an iTunes library, and suddenly 160gb (actually of course only 148 in practice) was not really enough. Everything is starting to slow down as I have only around 25gb space left. Not only that, I would love to have a 160gb Classic iPod, which I could quickly fill up as well, but what to do?
    Is there no way I can get hold of a 2.5 inch 300gb HD to put into my MacBook, or will there be such a thing around the corner soon? it seems strange to me that Apple would introduce such a massive iPod when so many of us have hard drives too small to use one!
    Even the 250 gb drives I see are not really big enough for my needs, as I have a lot of photographs and so that would only really give me an extra 80 to 90 gigs.
  2. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
  3. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    The biggest 2.5" drive is 250GB. You'd be better off getting a portable external HD for your needs if you're using that much of what you've got now. LaCie are good, but they use different drives internally a lot of the time. Go with Seagate or Western Digital (I prefer the former, but most people choose one of these) and try to get something with FireWire.
  4. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    I agree that he should get an external, and you are only half right about the biggest drive thing.

    There are 320GB 2.5" drives available on the market right now, however, to the best of my knowledge, only the OEMs can get them, and they will not fit in the MacBook or MacBook Pro since the drives are too thick.
  5. kingsleyflint thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    Thanks for the advice - another question

    Thanks for the advice. So i could install a LaCie 500 gb external drive, duplicate the HD onto that and simply run the show from there with gobs of capacity?
    Excuse my naivete - I have used LaCie external HDs for backup before but never got into so many gbs until now! Do I in fact need to back up any more? OSX seems so stable, and so far I have not lost any data since I began running it.
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    An alternative is removing the DVD drive and installing two 250GB harddisks inside a MacBook Pro. There are companies doing that for you. Of course, you won't have a DVD drive.

    The 500GB drives are quite large. You can get 250GB external 2.5 inch drives, which may be much more practical if you want to carry the data around with you.

    Your backup question: It doesn't matter how stable MacOS X is. You need backups for two reasons: 1. Stupid user mistakes - plenty of people throw away important data by accident. 2. Hard disk crashes - at some point, your harddisk _will_ break down.
  7. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    What is with the underscores?
  8. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    Emphasizes the will, like underlining, but faster than tagging it.
  9. dasmb macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    You're not using Sync, are you? Man, that's crazy. Two copies of your library on two hard drives is for sure going to ruin your capacity.

    I think if you're using a 160 gig iPod with a laptop, your only sane option is to manually manage your music. I use laptops and have never had more than 5 gig devoted to iTunes -- I fill my iPod directly from DVDs I burn to backup my digital collection. Fill the laptop up, copy to iPod, burn to a DVD, delete from machine.

    I've also been using my iPod to audition new music...copy to iPod, remove from machine, and if the music's any good I use a tool like PodWorks to copy it back into iTunes, complete with ratings. If it's no good, it gets deleted off the iPod.

    That isn't to say bigger hard drives wouldn't be nice -- but I'm personally holding off and saving my money to buy a new MBP in January.
  10. cobravap macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2006
    Just get a 1TB external with Fw800 and maybe a portable 250 gb passport and take that hd out and put it in the macbook. Then i think ud be fine.
  11. j/k/Andy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    2.5" 320GB 5400rpm 9.5mm drives are coming next month from Toshiba - Link

    no word on price, but I bet $200+
  12. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    O man, that is a toughie... I too definitely need more space on my laptop since all my serious work gets done on it, but I want fast too... so I have been eying the Hitachi 7K200, 16MB cache and 7200RPM spindle puts it on par with the other drives I own... but triple the space of my current drive.... oooh, this is hard.

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