Snow Leopard, Memory and HD Upgrade for A1181

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DickieUK, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. DickieUK macrumors newbie


    Jun 10, 2009

    I have a 2008 13" MacBook (A1181) which I love and have been using since purchased in February 2008. I was new to Macs then and so have played around with many different software packages installing/uninstalling various add-ons. I now plan to backup and start afresh with snow leopard, bigger hard drive (as I've filled my current one and new memory. I am competent doing these things with PC's but as it's the first time doing it on a Mac I wanted to check to be sure.

    What I am planning to do is back up my entire 250GB hard drive with Time Machine to an external USB drive. I then plan to install a new 500GB hard drive, replace the existing 2GB of memory with 4GB (purchased from Crucial) and install snow leopard from a retail disc i will be purchasing.

    A couple of questions really:

    1. Are there any issues I should be aware of by upgrading all these elements at once?

    2. Are there any recommendations anyone can offer for a new hard drive? I have looked into a Western Digital WD5000BPVT but read a couple of stories of people having issues with these. Should i stick to 5400rpm or is 7200rpm a viable option?

    Any help from people with experience in these fields would be greatly appreciated. Hoping to give my great little MacBook a new lease of life with all these planned upgrades.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    I'd vote for a 7200rpm drive. It's going to be even faster and not that much more expensive... certainly worth the extra price, IMO.

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