So, I'm going to start my first post with a little revival project that I've just finished for my old good white macbook, which I bought 4 years ago and used it throughout 4 years in University. After 4 years of good service the inevitable came - HDD failure, which prompted me to do bring my computer to second life. Firstly I've started of with some dusting. Opening the computer was fairly simple and quick, there are loads of manuals on YouTube and internet on which screws to remove and how to dissemble a macbook. So After a little while I was inside the macbook looking at a cluster of dust that have gathered over 4 years. The best way to remove the dust without doing any damage to the electronics was using a condensed air can, which is fairly cheap (£3) and easy to use. Here you can see the before and after images of the main board. The next step was to order a new HDD. The original 160GB Hitachi HDD was making repetitive weird sounds, which would result in temporary system crashes for a minute or two and then resume to normal for about 10 - 15 minutes before crashing again. It also made it very difficult to boot in the OS as sometimes I would have to restart the computer several times for the HDD to work properly (OS reinstall didn't help). So with all the trouble it was time to get a new HDD. My initial idea was to buy an SSD, however my computer being SATA I and SSD being so expensive it didn't seem rational as I wouldn't achieve the full performance for the price. Hence, I've decided to go for a quality, good size HDD - WD 500GB Scorpio Blue. I've read quite a few posts where people were saying that their MacBooks didn't recognise the new HDD when booted from install disc. It seems like many people cloned their old HDD onto the new via an SATA/USB cable and only then boot from the new HDD. Luckily my new HDD was properly recognised right away and didn't cause any compatibility issues. So for all those interested in upgrading their old HDD - WD 500GB Scorpio Blue is a safe choose as long as "Early 2008" white macbook models are concerned. Finally, I've ordered some memory to replace my old 2x1GB memory sticks in order to improve overall performance. The new memory sticks were 2x2GB Kingston. Once again - no compatibility issues. So, after all the upgrades, inside dusting and a fresh OS install my old good macbook is back to life and ready to serve me at least another couple good years. Hopefully this post will serve as an encouragement not to toss your old MacBooks away as they are still very capable and nice to use machines. What about you MacBook fans? Anyone still using old good pre-unibody white/black MacBooks? Does it meet your needs? What upgrades have you made? What do you use your old MacBook for?