macbook hard drive shopping

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MacBH928, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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    Ok,
    This is my first time I am going to buy a hard drive for a laptop.
    I see they are a lot more cheaper than external ones on amazon.

    Yet i have no experience.
    Can any one tell me what brand or specs I should be looking for?
    I am running macbook late 2008 model.

    anything i should pay attention too?
    some stuff is hard to believe, 500gb for $50. My hard drive is 160GB only! such a nice upgrade!

    most important to me is reliability!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba, Jul 4, 2011
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  3. stisdal, Jul 4, 2011
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    stisdal macrumors 6502

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    Swapped out my HD this weekend using the directions in the post above, easy to do and all is working great! (went with a 500gb Scorpio blue for about $50)
     
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i'd recommend a scorpio drive. scorpio blue if you want a 5400 rpm or scorpio black if you want a 7200 rpm.
     
  5. mossypointman macrumors newbie

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    I got the WD Scorpio Black 750GB 7200 RPM 2.5" HD for $78, it works great.
     
  6. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    while we are on the subject, can I back up my hard drive to a none matching hard drive in size?
    ex.

    I got 500GB HD, but filled with only 100GB of data
    will Carbon Copy Cloner make a bootable copy if I backed it up on a 250GB drive?
    or both drives must match in size?
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, you can use non-matching HDDs to clone 100GB from a 500GB HDD to a 250GB HDD.
    I do that all the time (40GB from 60GB SSD to 120GB HDD or 1TB HDD and so on).
     

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