MacBook upgrade advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sunfast, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Battery issues aside i am delighted with my little MacBook.

    I got a stock 2GHz (to save cash) and instantly put 2GB of RAM in it. It's probably time that little 60GB drive got replaced with another one though.

    So I've got load of questions!

    1 - What is the best value size/speed wise? I use parallels with Windows XP (soon to be Vista) and am going to use Ubuntu with parallels too. I keep all music and video on external drives but record a good bit of video to the internal disc using EyeTV. What size and speed would be best without breaking the bank? Any good UK suppliers?

    2 - I'm going to upgrade to Leopard so would it be best to wait for it's realease to upgrade and put it on the new drive or should I just get the disc and worry about it later?

    3 - Finally - is it easy (those of you that have done it)? Any pitfalls to be aware of?

    Cheers! :)
  2. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    Speed doesn't entirely matter unless you're doing really HDD intensive stuff like video editing.

    So I'd go for a 120Gb or so SATA drive - from OWC, they're $100...

    I don't have a MB, but it's just a pull out/push in swap. iFixit have a guide. I'll root it out.

    Edit: iFixit Guide
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Higher speed drives consume battery quicker. I would stick to a slower but bigger drive. 120GB minimum. I have a MB with a 120 + Parallels + XP Pro and I have about 70 G free although I do run a fairly tight ship. :D

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