Should I bother upgrading the harddrive on the macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hissori, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Hissori macrumors member

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    I'm new to this forum. Hi! Anyway, I'm basically a fulltime laptop user since my desktop died, and looking to buy a new macbook. I wanted to fully upgrade the macbook since this will be my computer that should last me for at least 3 years. I've heard that I should not upgrade the ram from the apple store as it is overpriced and you can find cheap ram elsewhere. What about the harddrive? I want to upgrade the 250 to a 320gb harddrive. Would it be cheaper to invest in a different harddrive and manually install it or should I go with the apple upgrade? Not sure if its even possible to upgrade the harddrive on my own (I'm not much of a computer literate person when it comes to opening up computers) Thanks!
     
  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    Same goes for the HD, especially now that it's user-replaceable... it's now literally like replacing a battery. I just ordered a Seagate 7200 RPM 320GB HD for $97 shipped from Tiger Direct to use in my new MBP. I'll keep the original HD around in case I need to bring the laptop in for service (perish the thought!) but mostly to put back in when I eventually sell the computer. That way I don't have to worry about someone pirating my data or spend hours triple zeroing it out.
     
  3. nightwolf macrumors member

    nightwolf

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    Its worth it - and then some

    I upgraded for a 320 gid hd and maxed out my ram. After two years with my macbook pro and only seeing incremental speed increases on programs that I use (Adobe psd etc). It was well worth it and will use the puter for another two years for sure. Seems a lil speedy with the addition of ram.
    :)
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

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    This is definitely a good idea. For the same price as the Apple upgrade you get a 7200RPM hard drive instead. Plus for $11 you can get an external USB 2.0 enclosure for the 250GB you will be removing to use for backups:D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817193044
     

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