Running out of space on my hard drive...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chioschick, May 12, 2012.

  1. chioschick macrumors newbie

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    I have a 4 year old MBP 15', 250 GB - which I use primarily as storage and synch device for my iPhone, iPad and iPods. I like to have all my data in one place - but now I'm running out of space on my hard drive. I guess, I have several options:
    - add an external drive
    - buy a new Mac Book
    - buy a Mac Mini
    - ?

    What would you do? :confused:

    And - in case I'm going for the external drive - which kind of data is best stored there - iPhoto or iTunes media?

    Looking forward to your advice!
    Best, Christine
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    To find out, where you hard drive capacity is being used, you can use the following free applications:
    Maybe try a combination of several.

    Anyway, you could replace the existing HDD with a bigger one and use the old for backups (which I hope you already do to some extent).
    Or you go the Optibay route and add another HDD.
    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


    Or you get any external Firewire 800 or USB 2.0 HDD you want and store your iTunes and iPhoto library there. You can even use a mobile 1 TB HDD for that.
     
  3. chioschick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!

    Thanks a lot, simsaladimbamba!

    Silly me, I wasn't even aware I could change the HDD! That's definitely the option I will go for.
    Looking at your manual, I'll probably engage our local Apple service provider :) - I think that is a safer bet...

    Again, thanks a million!
     
  4. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Replacing the HD on MBPs is really easy AFAIK, plus it doesn't void your warranty (though since this computer's a few years old I'm guessing that expired already anyway). Hard drives are quite cheap too, you can get a 1TB drive for about £120 :)
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    If it is the pre-unibody model, then probably yes. If it is a Unibody model though, replacing the HDD is quite easy, as long as you can use a screwdriver.
     
  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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  7. chioschick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all!

    I'm typing this on my MacBook which now holds a 1TB HDD. Yeppeeeeyyyyy :D
     

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