5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2010 8:57 PM by 20twin
20twin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I have a 2007 macbook pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM running OSX 10.6.4 with a 120 GB hard drive. The computer runs great, but between making music, having a large iTunes Library, and editing videos with my computer I am extremely pressed for space.

I would love to put a larger drive (i.e. 320GB or 500GB) in the computer to relieve my space issues. I have everything backed up via time machine on my external hard drive.

My questions are:

1. What is the largest capacity hard drive this computer can handle?

2. Can I just dump my time machine contents back onto this computer? (I assume I'll probably have to get all of my software licenses renewed upon doing this?)

3. Is this an installation I can perform myself?

4. What's the best place to get the hard drive from?

Thanks!!!
Matt

2007 MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM
  • max2817 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,

    I have the same problem. I would like to know if it's possible to me to replace my 120 Go Hard Disk by a 500 Go. I have a late 2007 macbook pro 2,2 GHz. I think it's possible because I've seen this tutorial :
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Core-2-Duo-2-16-2-33-GHz- Hard-Drive-Replacement/459/1
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,180 points)
    Hi 20,

    20twin wrote:
    1. What is the largest capacity hard drive this computer can handle?


    If you have a 17", the largest 2.5" SATA HD you can find at this time (at least 1TB, and maybe they're even larger by now).

    If a 15", then you're limited to 9.5mm height (at least a 640GB, and there may be a 750).

    2. Can I just dump my time machine contents back onto this computer? (I assume I'll probably have to get all of my software licenses renewed upon doing this?)


    If you have an external HD, download SuperDuper! or CarbonCopyCloner (or you can use Disk Utility, but I don't like that method as well), format and partition the external, clone your internal to the external, install it in the MBP, run Repair Permissions, and you're good to go. All will be as it was on your old HD, no need to renew licenses. If you have TimeMachine, that can also be used to restore.

    3. Is this an installation I can perform myself?


    The software, yes. Have a look at ifixit.com, macsales.com, powerbookmedic.com, youtube, etc. to see do-it-yourself HD installation instructions.

    4. What's the best place to get the hard drive from?


    No one best place. I like ordering from macsales if price is competitive, otherwise Amazon and newegg (just have to be careful if ordering a "bare" drive vs a retail drive, the packaging can be insufficient for the handling treatment some shippers expose the packages to, and HD could be damaged or live a much shorter life).

    Message was edited by: tjk
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,180 points)
    Hi max,

    I posted in the new thread you started.
  • Richard.Taylor Level 4 Level 4 (2,060 points)
    Re-loading from the time machine makes an exact copy, so it works just as it did at last backup-- no need to re-up the licenses. It takes a while, though...
  • 20twin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Awesome, thanks so much! I really appreciate the help.
    Matt