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MACBOOK HD Enclosures !! (Update your Macbook HD)

2061 Views 29 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2006 4:37 PM by cavemonkey50 RSS
  • macthew Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 3:40 AM (in response to Macky)
    Hi Macky
    I just installed a Seagate Momentus 100GB 2.5" 7200RPM in my Macbook & was surprised to see the temps go up to 72C (normal 60C) but then realised it was caused by , I presume Spotlight, it then settled down to normal temps, 52C when doing nothing, 60C light use & 70C with heavier usage, so the faster drive doesn't seem to make much difference temperature wise.
    iMac G5 2Ghz, 2Gb, Macbook 1.83ghz White, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • GwiDan Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 4:04 AM (in response to macthew)
    Do you feel any vibration from your drive?
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Black, 2.0 Ghz, 2GB Crucial RAM, 100GB 7200RPM Seagate HDD
  • andrewrchambers Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 4:15 AM (in response to macthew)
    Have you noticed any real performance increase with the 7200rpm drive??? How does battery life compare?

    I was considering getting that drive - but was also tempted to wait for Seagate to release an sata version of their 160gb drive (it uses parallel something or other ot get more storage and more efficient battery life)....

    I guess I need to work out really how many TV shows and how much music i really need on my macbook...
    MacBook 2.0Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 2GB RAM, cow included as standard
  • kaidomac Calculating status...
    OWC has the 160gb Hitachi drive for $279:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Hitachi/0A28844/
    G4 Cube, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
    whatever
    MacBook (black) / G5 Dual Desktop / Mac mini Core Solo, Mac OS X (10.4.2), WinXP, RedHat Linux, Nano, 4G iPod, RAZR, Palm T/X
  • andrewrchambers Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 5:37 AM (in response to kaidomac)
    Ah well spotted... I think i'll wait for a week or so until some reviews of the drive pop up though, all I can find at the moment is release reports and such.

    Cheers for mentioning it though.
    MacBook 2.0Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 2GB RAM, cow included as standard
  • EtherDesigner Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
    I have to agree with Eric.

    If you have an external drive with dual interfaces (FW / USB), boot off each one. You'll see a substantial difference in boot times and anything else that's disk intensive. FW is much faster.

    IMHO, for most tasks the average user doesn't really see that much difference between the two. USB can handle bursty data xfers, but not substained transfers over a long period of time.

    And if you think that's fast, boot off a FW800 drive! I don't have one, but we use them at work. They're fast.
    PowerMac Dual G5 / Intel Mini Duo / Macbook 1.83; 1G WHT, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 5G iPod
  • EtherDesigner Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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    Jul 12, 2006 1:30 PM (in response to Macky)
    Hey Macky,

    I found an enclosure at www.cooldrives.com. I think it's the only 2.5" SATA one they carry, about $27 plus shipping, took three days to get to me. It is very simple and works well. It comes with a USB Y-cable in case you need extra power from a spare USB port (AC adapter is optional and extra). I put my stock 60G drive in it and it works well with only the one USB connection. It's very small and portable.

    I purchased the WD 120G drive from OWC. Used SuperDuper to clone my OS back and forth from the old drive in the enclosure to the new drive. The WD is very quiet, I can't tell any difference in noise level and/or vibration between this and the factory drive.

    Hope this helps,
    Alan

    Dual 2.0 G5 / Intel Mini Duo / Wht MacBook 1.83; 1G / 120G, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 5G iPod
  • EtherDesigner Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
    If it helps, the exact enclosure is at:

    http://cooldrives.stores.yahoo.net/almiposa25in.html

    Also, I wanted to mention, I've not seen any difference in temperature or battery life (the WD drive is a 5400 RPM). It doesn't seem to be any different than before. I'm very happy with it, and the extra space is welcome.
    Dual 2.0 G5 / Intel Mini Duo / Wht MacBook 1.83; 1G / 120G, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 5G iPod
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
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    Jul 13, 2006 2:07 PM (in response to Macky)
    SuperDuper! can be found at VersionTracker. It clones the drive (or can be used to copy on the directories you tell it to.
    MacBook (black) / G5 Dual Desktop / Mac mini Core Solo, Mac OS X (10.4.2), WinXP, RedHat Linux, Nano, 4G iPod, RAZR, Palm T/X
  • Eric Kracinski Level 6 Level 6 (15,925 points)
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    Jul 13, 2006 4:22 PM (in response to Macky)
    SuperDuper can be found right HERE.

    It copies EVERYTHING - every last bit and byte.
    First Gen 20" G5 iMac, 2GB Patriot RAM, 2GHz BlackBook, 2GB Patriot RAM,, Mac OS X (10.4.7), OWC Mercury Elite Pro USB/FW drive, Logitech Z-2300 speakers
  • cavemonkey50 Calculating status...
    I just reviewed this drive on my website. I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone.

    White 2.0GHz MacBook   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   Upgraded 100GB Hard Drive and 2GB RAM
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