Upgrading Macbook Pro early 2008 HDD to gain speed

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  1. docbot macrumors newbie

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    Hey There,

    I have a early 2008 Macbook Pro with the Nvidia chip issue (baked the logic board twice already and still working).

    I was thinking about upgrading the HDD from the 200 GB to something like the Seagate 750 XT with SDD or a WD Black 750 GB drive.

    Only questions is, if I can expect the Macbook to work faster after the upgrade. It's been a little slow lately and often hanging when using a browser - my harddrive was quiet full in the last month, so I am not too sure if this is a HDD thing or something else.

    Anyway Blackmagic Disk Speed Test says the write and read speed of my 200 GB HDD is about 50 MB/s. Is this perfect working condition or can I expect one of the two HDDs mentioned above to perform better in this regard!

    thx"
     
  2. CortexRock macrumors 6502

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    I upgraded my MBP 2008 with an SSD, haven't looked back since. Prices are much less now than when I did it too, so you've got nothing to lose.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It will certainly perform better overall with a SSD. You may also benefit from increasing RAM, if you haven't done so already.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:
     
  4. sweetbrat macrumors 65816

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    An SSD will make it faster. Do you have as much RAMin it as it will take? If not, upgrading the RAM may be helpful, as well. If I remember correctly the early 2008 MBP can take 6GB.

    Ah, I see GGJ beat me. No surprise there !
     
  5. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    SSD is a good idea, as others have noted, but a "better" HDD is probably a waste. Higher rpm hard disks consume a lot more battery power, but give only a slight speed up. Not worth it, in my opinion.

    On a side note, my early 2008 mbp is finishing up its last TM backup before I pull it open and install a new SSD :)
     
  6. kmpoboy2 macrumors 6502

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    This. Last year I changed the stock HDD for a 7200 one. It consumes a lot more power compared with the 5200 one.
    I'm now waiting on the released of ML to install my new 830 SSD.
     
  7. sofianito macrumors 65816

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    I did some Benchmarks on my late 2008 MBP with a Crucial M4 64GB SSD. It is much faster than a spindle hdd or hybrid one such as the Seagate Momentus XT :). The SSD will allow you to boot and load your applications faster. It doesn't have to be very big, I would say 256GB as a maximum. I would store in it data that does not change frequently in order to increase its lifespan. You can replace your DVD with a bigger hdd such as the Momentus XT to store you personal data, and data that changes frequently...
     

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