is upgrading a hard drive easy?

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  1. starmagic macrumors newbie

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    I have a 12" powerbook that I have loved! It needs a new keyboard, new battery, and more RAM. soooo, I am going to get a used/refurb macbook - (I want the firewire). If the one I get has only 160 GB HD, can I myself, a handy yet untrained person, put in a bigger HD? Would I be replacing the HD, or adding more?
    thanks,
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  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, you can do it. The 12" PB would be a pain to swap drives in, but the Macbook is easy. You just want to make sure you have a small (#0 or #00) Philips head screwdriver.

    And you'll be swapping drives, not adding an additional one. :)
     
  3. starmagic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great - that is what it looked like from reading around here. It'll be easier to do this before starting to use it, I'd think. Any strong recommendations for brands, or just look over in buyers guide...?


    Thanks!
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Getting the HD out of a Powerbook, in my experience, was almost a 1 hour chore the first time. Mind you, I needed to reassemble it, so I was being very careful. www.ifixit.com has a nice disassembly guide.

    You can get a guide for the macbook at the same place, just select the appropriate model.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I've had cheap drives last forever, and "server class" ones crap out quickly, so you can never be sure. I'd check reviews to see what's good now, as that changes frequently.

    I highly recommend having a Time Machine backup drive for any laptop user. I've had four (!) laptop drives fail on various laptops of mine over the past two years. No damage to the laptops, mind you. But failed drives. Of course, to me, that suggests you not buy the model Apple was using. ;)
     
  6. starmagic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, yes, of course I have Time Machine! And I have been perusing ifixit, so thanks to that other guy, too!!

    Y'all know of a place where Mac owners sell to each other....?
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The Marketplace here.

    250 posts and six months of registration.

    You have that second one, now get to posting!
     
  8. starmagic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, where is the Marketplace? I don't have a GPS that is working!
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You can't see it because you don't have 250 posts.
     
  10. starmagic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AYE YAYE YAYE! Lordy - gotta post so much to look? Ok, ok,
    thanks
     
  11. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    Like mentioned, it's a very easy procedure. You also need a Torx T8 screwdriver, in addition to the small Phillips head. I just bought an electronics screwdriver kit at Radio Shack and it had everything I needed.
     
  12. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Whether or not upgrading a MacBook's hard drive is easy or not is all relative. I feel that it's very easy but others might have trouble. One essential element is the proper tools which have been mentioned in this discussion already.

    The first time that I upgraded, I used This Tutorial and I had no problems at all. Since that time I've modified my technique by using a method as follows:

    1) Purchase new drive and an enclosure
    2) Put the new drive into the enclosure and make a bootable cloned backup to it
    3) Switch the drives

    I find that This is a good site to shop for a new drive. Others like ebay and amazon.

    Hope this all helps -GDF
     

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