Laptops: upgradeable hard disks!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cube, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    When will Apple make the laptop hard disks easy to upgrade? I am always chickening out of buying one because this upgrade is so difficult.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It's not terribly difficult if given the right guides. :)

    Having said that, I reckon laptops with easily accessible drives will come out in September but I'm basing that rumour on nothing. You heard it here first.
  3. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I've upgraded the hard drive in this one. It wasn't as easy as some PC laptops I've done, but thats the price you pay for having a good looking laptop thats less than an inch thick.

    IMO thats a pretty silly reason not to buy a laptop. You shouldn't need to do it more than once, or possibly twice over the life of the machine. If you're upgrading hard drives in your laptop the way gamers upgrade their video cards, then you just need to get a life.
  4. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    It's pretty easy (even in the ibooks), it just takes a long, long time. Sort of like your mom.*

  5. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    first, it easy to upgrade any laptop if you know how. that being said some of the apple laptops are relatively easy to upgrade and some require a lot of work to remove a hard drive. However, that still means that do make laptops that are relatively easy to upgrade.
  6. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    I don't want to go through the mess of replacing a Mac laptop hard drive even once. And apple puts lame and overpriced drives in there.
  7. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005

    Overpriced? The MacBook HD upgrade is a STEAL. Dell charges 3x more for the same upgrade [more than the retail price of the drive].
  8. blackstone macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Having replaced my 12" PB's hard drive earlier this week, realized that I forgot to take all of the rubber stops off the old drive, and then disassembled the computer AGAIN in order to get the damned rubber stops in... I do think that the process is far more time-consuming than it should be and requires keeping track of way more little tiny screws than necessary.

    However, it is not actually difficult to do. It just takes, say, 2 hours to replace the hard drive on a PB instead of the 5 minutes it might take on a Dell.

    And if time is the only difference, then that's a really silly reason not to get a Mac. In exchange for 3+ years of having a PB run problem-free, I had to spend an extra 115 minutes of time to replace the hard drive when it dies. If I'd been using a cheapo Dell laptop instead, then I would have spent far more than 115 minutes over 3 years doing virus/spyware/adware scans, doing random hardware troubleshooting, and downloading new drivers for hardware from the different vendor websites. I'd much rather take my annoyingly-long hard drive installation procedure, thank you very much.
  9. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2006
    Athens, Georgia
    No, Easy to upgrade it a Dell Inspiron 5160. That HD was so easy to take out, that I did it just for the fun once. It was right over the PCI Card slot. You just removed that whole slot and everything and the HD was right in there.
  10. cube thread starter macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Cool! The MacBook Pro seems easy to upgrade. Now I hope it will be the same with the MacBook.

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