Macbook 13" HDD purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by theGAPkid, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. theGAPkid macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    Ok, So I got my macbook, and I ordered it with standard 80Gb HDD as I didt want to pay over the odds for more GB's.

    Anywho, Now im thinking of upgrading the space on my laptop and my question is . . .

    Where is the best (and preferably cheapest) to buy a new harddrive from (bearing in mind im UK)

    What should I look out for? eg. sizes, speeds etc :)

  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Depends on what you want, the 200GB 7200rpm, or a larger 5400rpm drive will be a good upgrade.

    Make sure it's 9.5mm height.
  3. aa521490 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2007
    Newb here...when the original hdd is replaced with an aftermarket one..i assume you insert the leopard install disks and follow the instructions to install the software...
  4. MST macrumors 6502


    Dec 3, 2007
    Surrey, UK
    I remembered reading your reply yesterday but for whatever reason [probably food related] I forgot to respond, needless to say I wasn't in the best frame of mind either what with it being the morning after the night before.

    A fresh install of Leopard on the new HDD is one way of approaching this, however, I would prefer to purchase an external HDD enclosure and use Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich Software to clone the contents of your stock HDD to the new one, I think the latest version is CCC 3.0, correct me if I'm wrong.

    You can learn more about CCC as well as download it for free from here:, CCC is a fantastic piece of software; especially when you consider it's donation-ware, so I recommend making a donation which can be done via the aformentioned link ;)
  5. DrBunsenHoneyde macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    I would recommend checking websites like literally 2 days ago I ordered a 250gb drive for my coreduo macbook with only a 60gb drive that I have had for over a year now. the drive at the time cost me 75 pounds which I think is a very good price. Shop around though you are always bound to find good deals.
  6. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
  7. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    Don't forget to get 2 hard drives.
    The 9.5 mm internal and an external for backup.
  8. r0ckypilot macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2008
    Hard drive questions

    So, I just got myself a 250 external and now after reading this post I am thinking of getting a new 250 internal for my Macbook. I have a couple of questions though...

    1... How easy is it to fit the internal myself
    2... Is it worth spending a little more and going for a Seagate Momentus with the shock protection thingy..

    Thanks in advance

  9. MST macrumors 6502


    Dec 3, 2007
    Surrey, UK
    How long is a piece of string?

    Apple class the MacBook HDD as user-replaceable (I think that's the correct term?) i.e. you can do it yourself, there are plenty of resources online including both photo and video tutorials, here's a nice video tutorial from those wonderful guys over at OWC which ought to give you some idea of what exactly is involved:

    Apple's own HDD replacement manual in .pdf format:

    Let us know how you get on.
  10. Agurri macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2005
    Québec, Canada
    I was in the same situation as you... my 80gb in my MB CD only had a couple hundreds of megs left so I decided to look for a hard drive. My choice went for the Hitachi 7k200 (200gb , 7200). I found one on ebay for like $180 shipped, and it included a Hitachi enclosure. All I can say is that it's fast. Really worth it.

    One more thing : If you are like me, you will want to clone you hard drive so you won't lose anything. I tried Super Duper, and while the cloning was perfect, I was unable to boot with the drive. Then I tried with Carbon Copy Cloner, and it worked on the first try !$file/Portable_USB_QSGuide_FINAL.pdf

    This is the brochure of the actual drive I bought.
  11. r0ckypilot macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2008
    Will let you know - the video was v.helpful - cheers

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