Increase HD?

Peter Griffin

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Would you increase the HD on an iBook 14 w/ Superdrive (money not an issue)? I'm afriad that it'll make my iBook a tad bit heavier. My other option would be to get some DVDs or buy an external harddrive. What do you think?
 

mpw

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I'd always go internal for convenience failing that external for storage and DVD only if you don't plan on accessing the data very often.

What size do you have/want and what are you are going to use it for?

Finally is the iBook still under warranty?
 

Peter Griffin

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mpw said:
I'd always go internal for convenience failing that external for storage and DVD only if you don't plan on accessing the data very often.

What size do you have/want and what are you are going to use it for?

Finally is the iBook still under warranty?
Well I'm in the process of getting one. Just can't decide on how I should go about deciding.

EDIT- As for size I don't need 80 gb right now (thats what I'm planning to upgrade it to) but I don't know if I will in the future. That's why I'm asking those on here who've used a mac long enough. I don't do much video editing/graphics work. Just the basics and some downloading here and there.
 

persianpunisher

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I got my iBook with 100GB built in, I need everything in one package, or else I woudl have gotten a 12", and added external DVD writer and bigger HD. As I am a student, i want an all in one.
 

Peter Griffin

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I guess on paper it says 60 gb for the stock 14. How much would I really be getting after you factor in the preinstalled software and everything?
 

yellow

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I think the weight change would be infinitesimal, and you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference unless you were 1) a digital scale, or 2) a "weight guessing" carny. You're neither of those, right?
 

AstrosFan

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Peter Griffin said:
I guess on paper it says 60 gb for the stock 14. How much would I really be getting after you factor in the preinstalled software and everything?
On a previous thread, someone said their stock iBook had 47GB of actual usable space once everything was installed.
I think a good basic principle is to get as much HD as you can afford at the time you purchase the computer. HD space will fill up quickly, especially if you are interested in either digital music or pictures.
The advice for RAM is similar, but go third-party on that one.

Best wishes!
 

AJ Muni

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Peter Griffin said:
I guess on paper it says 60 gb for the stock 14. How much would I really be getting after you factor in the preinstalled software and everything?

IT should be around 54...but after removing languages, and extra printer drivers...you should get 57. (remove idvd, and garageband) and you should be veryyyy close to 60.... (i got an extra 8 gbs from removing that above)
 

Peter Griffin

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For those of you who have a Superdrive...How effective are they at backing up data? Do you find it to be a hassle to use DVDs?
 

CorvusCamenarum

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In a heartbeat. Over time, you'll always find you need more space. My first computer had a 250 MB disk. The one I'm on now is 80 GB. Granted, that's over 11 years, but you get the idea. Also, even if you don't use the space, when you upgrade and possibly sell, I would imagine you could get a little more for it with more room.
 

MisterG5

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AJ Muni said:
IT should be around 54...but after removing languages, and extra printer drivers...you should get 57. (remove idvd, and garageband) and you should be veryyyy close to 60.... (i got an extra 8 gbs from removing that above)
But you are forgetting that you only get 55.8GB of usable space thanks to formatting.
 

killmoms

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MisterG5 said:
But you are forgetting that you only get 55.8GB of usable space thanks to formatting.
No, you only get 55.8GB of usable space because hard drive manufacturers have defined a megabyte as a million bytes even for years, even though a megabyte is actually 1,048,576 bytes. Thus when a HD manufacturer says "60GB" they mean 6 billion bytes, which divided by 1,048,576 is... well, you do the math. :p
 
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