looking to upgrade hard drive/SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by JustOneQuickONe, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    I am looking to upgrade my hard drive in my mac book
    specs:
    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB21.00A5.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.17f0
    Serial Number (system): W8719TEWYA2
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

    I have no idea what to look for, I want to get up to what the newer macbooks have, somewhere around 160GB but don't want to drop a ton of cash. What is a good HD that isn't terribly expensive but still very reputable?

    Also, once I get it, is there a way to get the info from my old to my new without the use of an external HD?
    How hard is it to install an new HD?
    and just curious, is it best to do an after market upgrade (when buying a new mac) or upgrading through apple?

    Thanks
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Buy the drive yourself from somewhere like www.newegg.com Look for either a Seagate Momentus or a Western Digital Scorpio. Find the size you want at the price you can afford.

    As for installation, it's a cinch on the Macbooks, just grab the guide @ www.ifixit.com

    To transfer all your data from the old drive to the new, you can either burn it off to DVD, or buy a cheap USB/FireWire external enclosure, and make your old internal drive an external drive and pull the data off that way.
     
  3. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I looked for both the scorpio and momentus and could not find either on newegg.com. Maybe I'm not looking something up correctly? I think I looked through all the western digital and seagate internal hard drives though.
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I don't know if you looked up "laptop" hard drives or not, but they're all here: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Laptop-Hard-Drives

    You'll need a SATA drive, just to clarify that for you if you weren't sure.
     
  5. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha nope wasn't aware of that, looking for a new hard drive is like looking at a foreign language for me.... no idea what I'm doing.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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  7. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how fast is the HD that came in my macbook?
    Capacity: 74.53 GB
    Model: FUJITSU MHW2080BHPL
    Revision: 0081001C
    Serial Number: K10RT7425PWP
     
  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Putting that model number into the google tells me 5400RPM. (which is correct) :)
     
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  10. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there a big/noticeable difference between a 5400 RPM drive and 7200RPM dive?
     
  11. bry223 macrumors regular

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    When I get my macbook this is what I may be using;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822116160

    320gb, 7200rpm and great reviews for only $69.99
     
  12. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I almost got a really nice one last night when they were having the HD blowout sale but had log in problems and missed the deadline... :( It was only a $10 discount but I would have gotten a 7200 RPM drive for the price that a 5400 costed, with the same memory.
     
  13. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So is there a noticeable difference between 7200 RMP and 5400 RPM performance wise or should i just go with 5400?
     
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  15. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    The speed difference will be marginal, perhaps slightly noticeable, but we're talking fractions of a second in most areas. In hard drive intensive jobs, that can add up, but for most users its not worth worrying about.

    Some 7200 RPM drives have had vibration issues in newer Macbooks, but I'm not aware of any if your model having that issue.
     

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