Questions about my Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Theone0581, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Theone0581 macrumors member

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    Hey everyone, I just got myself a Macbook MB40311/a. Its the early 08 2.4 Ghz model. I just have a few questions:

    1. Can I install OS X lion without suffering significant lost in preformance?

    2. When looking at hard drives, what do I need to look for in particular?

    Thats about it for now. Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
    Are you looking for internal or external drives? If internal, be sure it fits. If external, any drive will work, as long as the proper connections are there (USB 2.0 or Firewire 400) You can format the drive to meet your needs.


    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
      [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  3. ibuyufo macrumors 6502

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    Lion will actually run well with 2gb of ram in that model. As far as hard drive make sure it's 2.5" drive and not 3.5"! Also make sure it's SATA. I am not sure if it will downgrade the speed if it's SATA2. If you upgrade the ram make sure you get PC2-5300 667Mhz DDR2 ram or the macbook will choke.
     
  4. Theone0581 thread starter macrumors member

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    Its funny, I just found out that the OS I am using now is indeed tiger. Nothing too noticeable at first glance. Thank's for both responses. Very helpful.
     
  5. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    Do you mean Lion?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, they mean Tiger. They're considering upgrading to Lion.
     
  7. Theone0581 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, I got a bit confused. I am running Lion right now. :)
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Why are you asking about installing Lion, if you already have it installed?
    How is that possible, if you're running Lion?
     
  9. Theone0581 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, here is another question. Will accessories that fit 13" macbook pro fit my mac as well? I want to buy a screen protector and a cover for my macbook, but all I am finding are products that are advertised for the 13" macbook pro/air.

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    Oh sorry about the confusion. When I started this thread I thought I was running Snow leopard, and then I found out that I was running Lion. I never had Tiger on this system.
     

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