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

MH01

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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.
 

citron230

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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:
 

Gabriel GR

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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:
Pretty much. Or you can copy your existing hard drive to the new one and skip this part.
 

neteng101

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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/
 

skorpien

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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.
 

gnasher729

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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:
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.
 

Gabriel GR

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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.
or a computer savy friend with a desktop
 

citron230

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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.
 

borcanm

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Hey all,
I saw that 640GB drives are like $90 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Notebook-WD6400BEVT-Scorpio/dp/B002P3KO8I

so I wanted to upgrade the HD in my MBP. Is this possible. I have a MBP 13" 2009, with 2.53Ghz Processor. How difficult is the swap if it is possible. Thanks!

dp

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.
 

cosmonaut23

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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).
 

harlequin29

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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.
 

harry454

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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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