Upgrading my MacBook's Internal Hard Drive

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a

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    I am under the 3 year warranty so I imagine the only way to do this would be to have apple do it. Presently I have a 500GB RPM drive and I was thinking about upgrading to a 1000GB drive or a SSD drive. If I moved to a SSD drive would there be a fast difference in speed? Is it expensive? When I bought my MacBook SSD's were only at a max of 250GB but I see that many Macbook's come with a 500GB SSD drive these days.

    The thing that worries me the most is cost. If I upgrade the drive at the Apple store I imagine they need to take my computer and cannot do it while I wait correct? How much would a 1000GB drive be or a 1000GB SSD drive be? Thanks..
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    You can do it yourself and it doesn't void AppleCare coverage. Hard drives are considered user-replaceable by Apple.
    Do not get another conventional hard drive. Get an SSD, and yes, the speed difference will be mind-bogglingly huge.

    A good 500 GB SSD comes at around $150 in the US. Example from Amazon. 1 TB a little bit less than twice that.
     
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    Thank you for this information. I will look into it. Would upgrading the internal hard drive of the Macbook Mid 2012 be difficult? It seems it would be more difficult than my previous MacBook which was the Mid 2009 model.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    No it's exactly the same unless you have a retina version.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP, why don't you tell us just which kind of MB you have?

    If it's non-retina, you can upgrade the drive to an SSD yourself in just a few minutes.

    All you need is an SSD, a Phillips #00 driver, and a TORX T-6 driver.
    Along with a flat table and a cloth to lay the MB on.

    Instructions can be found here:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Mac_Laptop
     
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    MacBook mid 2012 non Retina. Yes thanks for the tip.
     
  7. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Definitely get an SSD. It will be night and day. Your machine will boot in a few seconds and apps will launch in 1-2 seconds. No more beachball.
     
  8. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I may wait till the 1000GB drives drop in price. I have a 500GB drive and do not want to get another 500GB drive as I want more disk space. It probably won't be long until this happens.
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Or consider getting a 250-500 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive to mount in place of the optical drive, if large internal storage is a major concern. Or repurpose your existing hard drive in the optical drive.
     
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    I can't fit 2 hard drives in my MacBook so are you recommending a external? I have one already.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    You can get a kit and remove the optical drive (most people use this so infrequently that this won't matter and a cheap enclosure turns it into an external drive for the few times you need it.) then you can put an HDD into the optical bay with a data doubler kit and an SSD of any size in the main drive bay for booting and apps, you can even set it up as a fusion drive if you like and OS X will organise it all for you for optimum speed.

    This video will give you a good idea of the process and further reach will show you all you need if idiot.com also has excellent guides and the parts you may need.

     
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    I have a dozen DVD's so my optical drive will stay. However I need to get a larger drive in due time.

    When do you think a 1TB SSD will sell for $150? 6 months?
     
  13. Coldmode macrumors regular

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    1-2 years, probably. You might be able to get a budget model 1TB SSD for close to $200 on Black Friday this November.
     
  14. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Going by the market leading 850 EVO I posted above, a 50 % drop in six months is overly optimistic, I would say.
    Based on information from my market, that drive in 1 TB size has dropped by 22 % in the last six months, and by 31 % in the past year.

    1,5 years as above is probably the least it'd take.
    Cheaper drives will come down sooner, maybe in a year.
     
  15. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    To be honest I doubt they'll get too much cheaper than they are at the moment unless Windows machines start using them as standard across their ranges and the production costs come down due to volume.

    Really?? You'd not get rid of your optical drive over a dozen DVDs that you could rip to your new 2 tb hard drive that replaced it..... That seems like shooting yourself in the foot
     
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    Or I could just get a 1TB RPM hard drive. Its not like I am in a huge hurry to open apps and my present hard drive works just fine, despite that I will need more disk space eventually but this upgrade does not have to happen this moment, just for future reference, perhaps within the next year.
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    I like it being internal less bulk on my desktop.
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    Good because it will probably be up to a year from know when I do the upgrade. By then the SSD's will probably drop in cost.
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    Also to note I have perhaps up to 300 DVD's they would take forever to rip and more time than I have free time.
     
  18. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Borrowing this tip from another user in this thread, NewEgg currently has a pretty good 960 GB SanDisk SSD for just $200.
    That's a really good deal.
     
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    Not bad. Then again it may be less than a year when I upgrade.
     

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