Questions about getting a 1TB or 750G Internal Hard Drive to buy for 13" MacBook Pro?

0000757

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So I have a 500GB HDD in my MBP (and it's probably more than I'll ever need) But I always like to have as much Hard Drive space that I possibly can and ever need, to be on the extra-prepared side. I want to upgrade to a 1TB or a 750GB Hard Drive. I know nothing about Hard Drives other than 5400 RPM is slowest and 10000 RPM is fastest (For SATA Drives). So I have a few questions to ask you all.

  1. What are the price differences going to be compared to 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM vs. 10000 RPM?
  2. What manufacturer makes the best, most compatible Hard Drives for Mac?
  3. How easy would it be to keep my current system in tact? Would a simple CCC and Time Machine backup work, or would I need to reinstall and copy everything manually?
  4. How do I format the Drive? When I put it in will the computer automatically format it, or do I need to buy a utility that will let me plug it in as an external to format first?
 
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eagandale4114

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Get an external hard drive enclosure and use CCC to your current drive to your new one. Like this one.
5) Use disk utility (built in system app) to format your drive to ma os extended journaled.

Also due to the flooding in thailand HDDs will be pricy for a while.
 
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0000757

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Get an external hard drive enclosure and use CCC to your current drive to your new one. Like this one.
5) Use disk utility (built in system app) to format your drive to ma os extended journaled.

Also due to the flooding in thailand HDDs will be pricy for a while.
How do I get to Disk Utility if the Drive is in my computer? Because I don't have any CDs to use. Is there a way to burn Disk Utility onto a disc?
 
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onions

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i don't know if this is going to help or confuse you more, but there's only one brand non-ssd drive i would ever consider getting for a laptop: Hitachi. Quiet, runs cool, quiet, and solid. Did I mention they're quiet? I've owned several over the past few years and they have never let me down. As far as I know, their Travelstar drives (for laptops) run as high as 750gb 7200 rpm.
 
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Queen6

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So I have a 500GB HDD in my MBP (and it's probably more than I'll ever need)
So stop right here, wait until your drive is 75% full; HD`s are presently high priced due to the flooding in Thailand, SSD`s will rapidly gain ground the next couple of year, Apple add their own unique firmware to HD`s, as a result aftermarket drives can be noisy. If you are looking for a "step Change" in performance you need to look at SSD`s ;)

Alternatively, save your $$$ for the next generation of MBP, and enjoy the present one as is...
 
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