Upgrade HD from 250GB to 640GB, is this possible?

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  1. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    Easy as. remove the bottom screws and then just a case of replacing the HD with the new on and reinstall sl.
     
  3. citron230 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so I just take the disk that was supplied with the OS and put it in the drive when i reboot the computer with the new drive? it will walk me thru the procedure to reinstall everything?:confused:
     
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    Pretty much. Or you can copy your existing hard drive to the new one and skip this part.
     
  5. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Well 2 things help...

    You'll need a Torx T6 in addition to a small Philips head screwdriver.

    You can use an external USB kit to hook up the new drive, use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the drive over and then you don't have to reinstall. $7 on Ebay for one do a search, CCC is a free download.

    http://www.bombich.com/
     
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Your options are to either copy your internal drive to the new one and do the swap, or to do the swap first and use the install disc to put a fresh copy of OS X on the new drive and then import everything from the old drive. Either way, you'll need an external 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure or dock.
     
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    If you don't have an external drive for Time Machine backups, buy one. If a 250 GB drive isn't big enough for you, then you definitely need a backup. Once the backup is done, swap the old drive for your new drive, then you can boot from your MacOS X installer DVD, and you will be asked if you want to copy everything from your Time Machine drive.
     
  8. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    or a computer savy friend with a desktop
     
  9. citron230 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the input everyone. I have a 2TB TimeMachine that my iMac is linked to and I sync my MacBook about once a month to it. I will backup the MacBook with Time Machine, then install new from the disk and then restore from TimeMachine. That should take care of it, yes?
    I appreciate all of your input, thanks again.
     
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    nevermind i bought a 2.5 SATA HD Enclosure for $6 on eBay. :):)
     
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    Can this be installed in the pre-unibody macbook pro? I have a Feb 2008 model.
     
  13. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    it can be installed in any laptop with a sata drive interface.
     
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    I know, this $90 a great price for this size hard drive in a note book.
     
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    Sweet topic. This helped me with my question in another forum topic lol

    Thx
     
  17. dubmick macrumors member

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    it's gone up $40 now

    Can you put a 7400 rpm drive in the new 13" mbp's?
     
  18. borcanm macrumors regular

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    You could.

    Although, if your fanatical about your mbp's speed you could get two identical drives and replace your DVD disk space with another HD in RAID 0.

    http://lifehacker.com/256546/install-a-raid-on-your-macbook-pro

    It can be done for the 13 mbp too.
     
  19. cosmonaut23 macrumors member

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    All good advice, but i would add a note of caution about that drive. I and other forum members have had bad experiences with that particular new WD 640gb model. Sent mine back for a refund.

    I'm now holding out for a Samsung Spinpoint M7, 640gb. These were supposed to have been released into the wild in September, so presumably they can't stay in hiding much longer. (Can they?) Anyway, my original MBP drive is a Samsung, and it seems to be fast, quiet and reliable, so I think that could be the way to go. (Although the new Hitachi 7k500 Travelstar 500gb also sounds very good - similarly nowhere to be found though).
     
  20. harlequin29 macrumors newbie

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    I just got my 640GB drive from newegg today in the mail! I have a 97MBP. Upgrading from 120GB. Should replace any 2.5 9.5mm standard SATA drive.
     
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    Like what kinds of bad things?? I just put that HD in my MBP13! :eek:
     
  22. cosmonaut23 macrumors member

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    Like data corruption, even after re-cloning (with Disk Utility) to be sure. And slower than the original drive. Yours will probably be fine, but i didn't want another one.
     
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    I just did this right now, installed the same HD so far its reallyyyy quiet and doesn't get hot at all, I don't notice any delay either or beachballs compared to my 320 GB 7200 rpm one before. I highly recommend this drive its great!
     

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