Replacing a hard drive on a 2008 Macbook
I need to upgrade the hard drive. Firstly, is there a particular brand that is recommended?
I have looked at the support pages on Apple’s website and am fairly comfortable with the unscrewing and replacement bit. What I was after was advice on the best way (reliable, quick, cheap) to back everything up before I remove the old drive.
Anyone able to explain the stages in simpleton speak?
Thanks in advancePosted 5 years agovorlichMember
Remove the old drive.
Install it into a USB caddy. [£5]
Buy an SSD replacement.
Reinstall OSX from USB drive. http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/17/make-bootable-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-usb-install-drive/
Copy data onto new SSD via Caddy.
Erase old Disk and use it as a Time Machine or external storage for Movies/Photos/etc.
EDIT. Create the bootable USB drive before any of the other steps!Posted 5 years agodarbezeMember
Grab an external HD and drag the contents of the pictures, music, movies, downloads folders within your users folder to it. Should do the trick if you don’t get too many permissions errors… That will only back up data, not applications though…
I would go for a Western Digital Black series. Go for the 7200RPM version and you should be OK…
SiPosted 5 years agoNeil_BoltonMember
I just got myself one of these for work http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-480gb-extreme-sata-6gb-s-2-5–solid-state-drive-80C2.html?src=2
Bonkers quick, and possibly one of the best prices about at the moment.
ETA: All the above replies above are smack bang on.Posted 5 years ago
Any thoughts on this SSD. More my price range!Posted 5 years agobokononMember
My advice would be to get it right first time – the drive which is in there has a tab on it to make it nice and easy to remove – the drive you are putting in does not. Make sure that all the connections are properly made and the drive will definitely work (are the power requirements for an SSD any different? – I’ve no idea) because without the removal tab, it’s going to be one hell of a job getting the damn thing out again.
I replaced mine with one advertised as a PS3 hard drive and it worked really well on my macbook.Posted 5 years ago
This is the info – can’t say I’m any the wiser. I’ll look for SATA II then. Forgive my ignorance, but would SATA II still be SSD?
Intel ICH8-M AHCI:
Product: ICH8-M AHCI
Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
Negotiated Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
Capacity: 160.04 GB (160,041,885,696 bytes)Posted 5 years ago
Model: Hitachi HTS542516K9SA00
Serial Number: 080131BB0310WCK0STWA
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk0
Medium Type: Rotational
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
BSD Name: disk0s1
Capacity: 159.7 GB (159,697,911,808 bytes)
Available: 66.2 MB (66,174,976 bytes)
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk0s2
Mount Point: /prettygreenparrotSubscriber
I put a Crucial M4 256GB in my 2007 MBP. It’s a SATA III. The MBP wasn’t. The important thing is the physical SATA connector. This ensures the right data/power connections. SATA II or SATA III drive doesn’t make a difference except that your Mac won’t be able to take advantage of the higher transfer speeds of SATA III drives.
Ensure you have a recent Time Machine backup. Install OS X on your new drive, either when it’s in a caddy connected to your Mac or by replacing the original drive. Physically install the drive in your Mac. Open up the migration assistant. Follow the instructions. It should all work nicely. About the only thing you might want to add is some sort of TRIM utility.Posted 5 years ago
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