Want to upgrade HD storage on White '09 MacBook

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  1. i-am-waiting macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I want to upgrade my MacBook from 250GB to about 500GB for as little money as possible (but a non-risky/reliable buy). I am in the UK and own the late '09 White Uni-Body MacBook 2.26GHz, upgraded to 4GB of RAM.

    I'm in the UK!

    Thanks :D
     
  2. i-am-waiting thread starter macrumors member

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    1. Is this just meeting my specs or is it a recommendation?

    2. I have no idea how to determine the quality of a HD...

    3. How hard/easy would it be to install myself?

    Thanks for the quick response :D
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    This easy: HD Installation Video
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1. It's a good drive, possibly the best 5400rpm drive on the market. Many people have it

    2. Western Digital makes good drives

    3. http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbook_13_09_unibody_hd_h/
     
  5. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    With the criteria that you mentioned of cost and reliability, it'd be very tough to beat out the WD Scorpio Blue. Indeed, the Scorpios Blue and Black are the class leaders for their categories, and the Blue is known to even outperform some 7200rpm drives.
     
  6. gorcman macrumors member

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    On a somewhat related note,

    What sort of effects will upgrading from the stock Macbook 2010 hard drive to a 7200 rpm hard drive have on noise level and battery life? The two prime HDD's im considering are the Hitachi Travel Star and the Seagate momentus 500 gb.

    Will I notice any differences in either category? I do love the fact that I can't hear a peep out of my macbook, and I'd really hate to sacrifice battery life for performance.
     
  7. tpg macrumors regular

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    OK, well I'll go ahead and recommend Hitachi (used them for quite a few years now). In my macbook, I have:

    "Hitachi HTS545050B9A300" - 500GB, 5400RPM

    I bought it off scan.co.uk, which I have dealt with on a number of occasions and have found to be reliable and well priced. At £54, I think the above is a pretty solid bet...
     
  8. i-am-waiting thread starter macrumors member

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    Well thanks so much guys, ima get the originally posted HD, and use that video :D Thanks :D £54 is cheap :p
     
  9. Macnificant macrumors 6502a

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    Trying to decide between the WD Scorpio, Hitachi HTS545050B9A300 cand the Seagate Momentus 500 GB 7200RPM. Any recommendations?

    Deciding between the three and want to buy soon.
     
  10. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    If you're looking at real-world speed, Phil over at NBR would suggest WD Scorpio Black, Hitachi 7k500 (I notice you listed the 5k500), and then the Seagate 7200.4.
     
  11. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'd go with the WD. I have the 320GB version and wouldn't know it was in there other than the increase in speed.
     
  12. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

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    I am in the exact same position as OP. My only question is would upgrading the HD myself void the Apple Care warranty?

    Prior to finding this thread, I called the Apple store to ask if it was possible to upgrade the hard drive in the MacBook and was told no. I'm guessing they want you to buy a new laptop?
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    No, it does not void your warranty. Apple even provides instructions how to do it
     
  14. i-am-waiting thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe they meant that they didn't sell replacement hard drives
     
  15. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

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    Is there a max amount of storage that the late 2009 MacBook can handle?
    Also, what do I have to do to the hard drive prior to installing it and how do I do it. For example, how do I transfer data before I put it in my MacBook?

    You guys rock!
     
  16. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's the unibody, right? Then it can take up to 1TB. If you want everything to be just like they were before, then put the new drive in an enclosure and clone your hard drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. Then install the new drive and that's it
     
  17. i-am-waiting thread starter macrumors member

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    1TB? Is there an internal 1TB that fits my late '09 MacBook then? :D :D :D
     
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  20. cubeeggs macrumors member

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    The WD10TPVT is 12.5 mm tall, and I am pretty sure that it will NOT FIT in a white MacBook.
     
  21. Hellhammer Moderator

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    False.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/WD10TPVT/
     
  22. cubeeggs macrumors member

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    I think the description refers to the 13" Aluminum Unibody MacBook, not the White Unibody MacBook. Apparently, iFixit claims that a 12.5 mm drive will not fit in the White Unibody, while another website says it will. You should try to find out for sure if you want to get a 1 TB hard drive.
     
  23. printershopper macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I have exactly the same problem as you!! Let me know if you find any answers!!

    Thanks
     
  24. Hellhammer Moderator

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    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade

    It says 1TB will fit in unibody MacBook. White MacBook is actually 0.13 inches (0.33cm) higher than aluminum 13" MacBook (Pro)
     

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