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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by DGreno, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    Hello all, I am not really tech savvy in this aspect. My wife has a 15 in MacBook Pro. She is using it for school and her photography (mostly RAW files). It has a 320gb HD. She just told me her computer shows the drive as being full. FWIW, she does have a few external drives she uses as well but relies on the internal mostly. My question is, how hard is it to change out for a 500-750gb drive? I have no problem in the actual hardware swap, however, I don't know how to get everything off her current drive onto the new one properly.

    Also, what does the GT Tech crew recommend for HD's for the Macbook? I have looked at a few on NewEgg, just not sure what to buy.

    Thanks! :wavey:
     
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  2. Pierre!

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    You should be able to get the specs of your system at the Apple site... and that will tell you the interface...

    BUT - then again, in the upper left hand corner you can click on the 'Apple' icon and select system specs too! (and that would be much quicker :cool: )

    Once you know the interface (most likely 3Gb SATA) you should be able to order up any matching interface 2.5" notebook drive. Keep in mind that 7200 rpm will make your system a bit faster, but it will run warmer and use more battery too. 5400 rpm is a typical speed for a notebook... but check out what you have in the system now before you place your order.

    If you need more info, or I just confused you, holler back! We will get you what you need to make an intelligent decsion!

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  3. boomhower

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    Take a look at the hybrid drives. They combine a small SSD for speed with a regular mechanical for storage. They aren't much higher than regular drives and give a pretty solid speed boost.

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  5. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    Awesome! Thanks for your help. If I install osx from the disks that came with the computer, can I use a time machine backup to restore everything as it was?
     
  6. HerrGlock

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    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    You don't even need to do all that.

    Go get the new drive and a USB or firewire drive that will hold the entire current drive.
    Install the above link's software to your current drive
    Plug in the USB drive
    Run SuperDuper to copy to the USB drive
    Reboot with the Option key pressed and boot with the USB drive (to make sure it works right)
    shut down and change out the disks to the new one
    boot with the SuperDuper disk and restore to the new drive
    Unplug the USB drive and reboot.

    You're up and running with the new drive and all your information intact as well as a bootable backup with that USB drive.
     
  7. JimmyN

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    Good advice all around. Just remember that you'll be looking for a 2.5" drive for notebooks rather than a 3.5" drive.

    Newegg has a Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" drive on sale. I can't speak to reliability since I've never owned one.

    Normally $94.99, it's $84.99 with Promo Code. Or if you sign up for e-blast special emails you can get it for only $74.99 with free shipping. You can un-subscribe afterward if you don't want to keep getting their e-Blast emails.

    Regular sale price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3011-Index-_-LaptopHardDrives-_-22148599-L03B

    E-Blast special listing (about three lines down from the top)
    http://promotions.newegg.com/neemai..._-EMC-083011-Index-_-Header-banner-_-AllDeals
     
  8. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    That's the one I wound up getting, Jimmy. All the reviews that had it installed in a MBP seemed to like it.

    HerrGlock, I appreciate the pointer. Would my time machine idea work as well?
     
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  10. HerrGlock

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    It should. SuperDuper and Carbon Copy don't require you to reinstall the OS, though. Just save a step and an hour or so of time.
     
  11. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    If I use the SuperDuper as you said, how do I transfer everything from the USB drive to the new hard drive? Is this an option in the program? Sorry for all the questions.
     
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  12. HerrGlock

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    It's even easier than you're thinking it is. If you don't want to get the extra drive, take a look here:

    http://www.apricorn.com/products/no...-hard-drive-upgrade-kit.html?type=reg&id=1023

    $40 gets you a USB caddy and software to do it.
    Plug in new drive to the caddy (make sure it's a 2.5" drive)
    Run the software (SuperDuper)
    There are two options at the top of SuperDuper
    1) Transfer from _____ (drop down menu with your internal drive already chosen)
    2) Transfer to ______ (drop down menu with all hard drives available, probably only your internal drive and your USB drive)

    Click "Start"

    It does the rest.
    Then, after it's done, you swap out drives and you're done.
     
  13. banjobob

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    I've used time machine twice to do the same thing, it could not be easier and costs you nothing


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  14. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    Ok. I've done all this. Now when I boot up, it won't do anything unless I hold the option key and select the drive (it's the only one connected, installed internally). In doing this, it boots up fine, however, holding the option key everytme is kind of a pain. What am I doing wrong?:faint:
     
  16. DGreno

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    Anyone got any ideas?
     
  17. JimmyN

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    Since it boots OK when you select the drive as an option I'd check the boot sequence in the BIOS. When swapping drives around I have seen the BIOS change the disk/boot order when it found a new drive.

    I had one system that EVERY time I added a data drive the BIOS would automatically move it to first place in the boot order and try to boot from it on the next startup. And it would place the drive that it had always booted from at the bottom of the list for some reason.
     
  18. HerrGlock

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    There is no BIOS in a Mac
     
  19. HerrGlock

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    Never had this happen before. That's not good.

    Might want to install http://refit.sourceforge.net/ rEFIt. It's free.

    That's a boot loader for Mac. Follow the instructions to have it run every time you boot.

    On your first boot, arrow key down to the sync icon (the little disk drive) and let it sync the disk's MBR and EFI.

    After it boots up a couple times remove rEFIt and see if that took care of it.
     
  20. JimmyN

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    I didn't know that, but I've never even pressed a key on a MAC. That is really interesting, I've learned something new today. So I guess boot sequence, memory timing, enable/disable ports and on-board peripherals and other BIOS functions are done by software after it boots? Or are those options not available on a MAC?