Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


Macbook hard drive upgrade


Coleslaw 9 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Sep 2012 12:30PM
Well, I am really struggling for space on my 6 year old macbook.
So, thinking of upgrading the hard drive, and if possible clone everything (including softwares) to the new hard drive.
Has anyone done it, DIY or in the shop? Is it easy to DIY?

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

robthecamman 3 1.5k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 12:35PM
iv a macbook 2009 upgraded chips changed battery but not hard drive
20 Sep 2012 1:01PM
I've just changed the drive on my 17" MacBook Pro for a Crucial M4 solid state drive and added 8Gb RAM also from Crucial. It took me about 10 mins to do it. You need a torx and a crosshead screw driver, both of which I had. I also bought the data transferring kit for transferring the data to the new drive at the same time. It consists of a USB to esata cable and a copy of ShirtPocket's Superduper on disc. The copy of SuperDuper didn't work but you can download an updated version for free from their website and use that, it worked fine. The old drive I put in an Icybox case to use as an external drive. The Mac now boots up a lot faster and it zips alongSmile I checked out how to take the back off the Mac and replace the drive via a video on YouTube.

Alternatively what about using an external hard drive, unless the original drive is to small for all your Apps.
Coleslaw 9 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Sep 2012 1:04PM
Thanks.
I do have a couple of external HD.
But I do prefer to just use the internal, without the needs to plug in the external # lesshassle....Smile
robthecamman 3 1.5k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 1:30PM
type in google some good info on there to change hard drive
Coleslaw 9 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Sep 2012 1:37PM
I have been quoted 193 for a new 1TB WD 5400rpm, install and clone.
Expensive?
robthecamman 3 1.5k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 1:46PM
type in google how to upgrade hard drive on macbook and read
Coleslaw 9 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Sep 2012 1:47PM
I have.... I lost the will to live.....LOL
Andy80F Plus
12 318 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 1:47PM
Have changed a few Macbook hard drives over the years and found you tube videos just great for showing the process. Its not a difficult task but the right tools and a few strips of adhesive tape (best to put screws onto so they don't roll away or go missing). It a satisfying job and if you put the old hard-drive into a an external enclosure (firewire is best) you can open from that drive and migrate from it to the newer drive.

Andy
robthecamman 3 1.5k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 1:48PM
haaa just do it urself
User_Removed 11 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 2:10PM
Cost me 80 quid to get my laptop hard drive cloned and updated. On account of Apple being better and easier it'll no doubt be cheaper and quicker.
mdpontin Plus
11 6.0k Scotland
20 Sep 2012 8:25PM
Most people want to help. Chris apparently prefers to continue his immature trolling.

Cole, it shouldn't be difficult to replace it yourself - assuming you feel brave enough! Make sure you have a good - and tested - backup first. For example, take a 'bootable' clone of your internal HDD and test booting up your MacBook from the backup drive. There's a tutorial here on replacing a MacBook HDD - not sure if it's for a similar model to yours, but the principles are the same. I'm sure there's plenty more information out there - that was just one of the first I turned up.
Coleslaw 9 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Sep 2012 8:52PM
That's why I ignored him....Smile

I will see if I have the courage to do it myself....lol
User_Removed 11 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:01PM
Aww wish you hadn't ignored me Cole, you should have read what I said, it was good Wink

Doug, sorry for me sarcastically suggesting that Macs are expensive and difficult to upgrade, I guess you're saying that's not the case at all Wink
robthecamman 3 1.5k United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 7:31AM
find a good set of instructions print them off to follow or borrow another computer to follow instructions on that you will be chuffed to rocks when youv done itSmile

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.