Upgrade Macbook late 2008

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  1. tommekevda macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    My macbook late 2008 unibody has been a wonderfull companion for the last 2 years but the time has come to give it a slight upgrade.
    I'm thinking about upgrading my hard drive.
    the need to use parallels and an ever growing photo library are stressing the limits of my current 160GB hard drive.
    Therefore i was thinking about getting the following hard drive.
    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=506
    Do you guys see any problems with it or will it run smoothly without any problems when replacing the drive with the one i suggested?
     
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  3. tommekevda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent :)
    i've read a few threads about similar hard drives, but not for this one :)
    better safe then sorry i guess :)
     
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    FWIW, a Scorpio Black would give you better performance.

    Either one, of course, is an excellent choice.
     
  5. tommekevda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thanks for the comment but in the mean time i already bought the linked hdd. Im not sure how much the hdd you linked costs but i was going for high capacity at an affordable price. I got mine for around 60€.

    I must say that im very glad i did this upgrade. Mac seems slightly faster and off course the extra capacity is welcome.
     
  6. akapaul macrumors member

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    OP's link shows a hdd with 5200 RPM.

    If I were to upgrade, I would go for 7200 RPM or SSD.
     
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    If you need big capacity, you don't really have those choices.
     
  8. After G macrumors 68000

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    I have an early 08' MBP (see my sig) and am planning to upgrade with 6 GB RAM and a Momentus XT hard drive.

    SSDs are too expensive right now.
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Oh really?

    What about this 640GB 7200rpm drive?

    Or this 256 GB SSD? I wouldn't necessarily consider 250 GB huge, but it's certainly big.
     
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    I assumed since the post I quoted said 5200 RPM, that the drive was a 1TB model. Probably should have clicked the link to check.
     
  11. akapaul macrumors member

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    I think OP purchased the 500GB drive.
     
  12. tommekevda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im not shure what OP means, but i bout the 500gig at 5400rpm version.
     
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  14. akapaul macrumors member

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    Have you thought of upgrading your ram from 2GB to 4GB?
     
  15. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    OP = Original Poster.

    In other words, in this thread, you!
     
  16. mosx macrumors 65816

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    I have the same unit.

    Upgraded the HDD to 320GB 7200RPM drive. Fry's had it on sale for $40.

    Also upgraded the RAM to 4GB.

    It's a significantly faster system now than it was 2 years ago.
     
  17. akapaul macrumors member

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    Any good deals on the RAM? Crucial has free shipping but you have to wait 12 days and it's $85.99.
     
  18. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I already have 4GBs of memory. But lately I've benn thinking about taking out the 1TB drive, putting all of my movies (800GB+) on a RAID 1 external, and installing a 7200RPM Western Digital. My HDD is undoubtedly the bottleneck in my system.
     
  19. mosx macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about now. I got my RAM about a year ago when prices had somewhat bottomed out. It was around $70 after taxes at Fry's for 4GB. A pack of 2x2GB.

    The 7200RPM drive definitely made my Mac feel like a whole new system. Most apps open in less than half the time they used to. Writing out big files takes less than half the time it used to with the stock 160GB drive. It definitely made a difference!
     
  20. akapaul macrumors member

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    If you thought the 5400RPM to 7200RPM upgrade was nice, wait until you upgrade 7200RPM to SSD :D

    It is nice that our "old" laptops still have it in them :cool: :apple:
     

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