Need Advice with Classic MBP hard drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tMac85, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    Ok so here is my question. I have a classic 2.4 MBP 160 4gb ect... I am a graphic freelance designer as well as a bit of a photographer. With Windows Vista partitioned and allllll of my design/ photo files my hard drive filled right up. I finally decided to put all my files on to my external, and basically cleared out my hard drive. ( sort of risky) My worry is, is that if my external goes crappy, I would loose all my files. So my question is, do I buy another external to back up that one or do I upgrade my MBP hard drive to say a 500Gb and move the files back over?

    It sounds nice to have the files with me at all times, however I dont know if it is worth it to put the money into a 2 1/2 year old computer.
    If I do go the route of upgrading the lappy, what is that looking to cost me for a 500gb 7200 rpm, and what brand???

    Thanks again guys!

  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Always back up. Always. I know a person (who has an older Mac Mini with a 80 GB HD) who has 3 large external hard drives just for this purpose.
  3. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Get a 1TB drive and ask it to back up your external in Time Machine preferences (by default it will be in the "do not back up" category). I have this one; it's inexpensive and works really nice.:)

    Seagate has a 7200RPM drive that has pretty good reviews selling at about $110 at newegg. You may also want to check out the 640GB or 500GB ($95) WD Scorpio Blues. I'm not sure which model your MBP is; those drives use SATA.

    As for the "is it worth it" part; well, it depends on how long you want to keep your computer, basically. A decent upgrade will cost you around $100.

    Hope this helps :).

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