4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2011 6:32 PM by Lyssa
Jerry Pong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking for a hard drive to replace the one with samll capacity in my old white macbook 4,1. This one looks delicious:

Does any one know whether it is compatible with 4,1? Any comments or/and suggestion is appreciated.

Macbook 4,1, Mac OS X (10.5.5), OLD
  • Jay Bullock Level 4 Level 4 (3,800 points)
    It should work just fine!
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,400 points)
    Hey Jerry Pong & welcome to the forums.

    Jay is absolutely correct. That drive will work just fine. You may have to format it for OS X when you get it (many drives come pre-formatted for use with a Windows machine), but otherwise you should be fine.

    If you don't have one already, I highly recommend purchasing a Firewire enclosure for your hard drive. You can put the new drive into the enclosure, format it properly, then use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to clone the old drive to the new one. Once the cloning process is complete, all you have to do is remove the old drive & install the new. You may want to test the new drive first, though, by rebooting your computer with the Option key held down & choosing the Firewire drive as the boot drive. If it works, you're set!

    I upgraded to a 500GB drive not too long ago (it's only 5400 rpm, though) and it's been fabulous. I also upgraded the RAM to 4GB, and it was almost like I had a new machine!

  • Jerry Pong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After installing the hard drive, I could not get the system start from the CD rom by pressing C key. Is that because the hard drive is not compatible?
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,400 points)
    Not necessarily. Are you certain the drive is installed properly?

    If so, try booting the computer with the Option key held down. Does this bring up the Startup Manager so you can pick your install disc?