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  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    I also have that machine and still is very good, including for Lion (late 2006, which was manufactured in 2007 too, supports and has 4 GB active RAM, 3 GB is for the mid-2006 series). Go for the upgrade, just note that the 7,200 rpm disk is a little bit noisier than the 5,400 disk.

    Download the database called Mactracker, identify your model, and will know a lot of details regarding your machine. You need a S-ATA 2.5 inch disk not thicker than 9.5 mm (take care: some newer 1 TB models may be 12 mm thick, they will not have enough space there).

  • AHMuse11 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Cattus Thraex wrote:

     

    I also have that machine and still is very good, including for Lion (late 2006, which was manufactured in 2007 too, supports and has 4 GB active RAM, 3 GB is for the mid-2006 series). Go for the upgrade, just note that the 7,200 rpm disk is a little bit noisier than the 5,400 disk.

    Thanks, good to hear an other vote for Lion!

    Yup, got the right size HD and all. TB is waaayyy to much for this thing (for me anyway) since it is up in the air if Mtn Lion will work with it. I would hate to spend money on TB's or SSD if Mtn Lion is not able to work with this Macbook.

    Are you able to use the gesture features with Lion?

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)

    No, the gestures require a glass no button trackpad which is only on the Model 5,1, 6,1 and 7,1 MacBooks.

  • AHMuse11 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    frederic1943 wrote:

     

    No, the gestures require a glass no button trackpad which is only on the Model 5,1, 6,1 and 7,1 MacBooks.

    Yes, that I knew. I was wondering about using the gestures on Macbook 2,1 with the trackpad or another work around.

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Getting data remotely via Time Capsule requires

    iCloud - which we can't smoke our way into without

    Lion - which our 2,1's are a little too lean on memory

    to handle with aplomb. In the present, large HDs

    are available for a third of the price of TC and one

    need leave nothing "on" at home to access. But I

    agree that the cloud is the future, as is MobileMe

    until June 30. I expect Mountain Lion to simplify

    access to our data wherever it's stored. As you

    may be one of the pioneers accessing TC remotely

    we commend your spirit. You know how to recognize

    the pioneers, I'm sure. They're the ones with the

    arrows sticking out of their backs.

  • AHMuse11 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Tom Meade1 wrote:

     

    You know how to recognize

    the pioneers, I'm sure. They're the ones with the

    arrows sticking out of their back.

    Now now children, play nice.

    Well Saturday is the big show down for me. I have the WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm with 250GB for my internal HD. Then the same one but 320GB for the external back up. I am doing all this with a help of a friend who knows Macs forwards and backwards. (Just in case something goes wrong.) He has Lion and thinks we should load it up just to see how it does. Everything will already be backed up, so I guess why the **** not?? I can always do a fresh install of SL if it ***** on my Macbook. Only issues that may come up is my Office for Mac is 2004, that wont work on Lion (more money). Also hopefuly my HD isn't too loud or vibrate too much. I have read a lot about that. Though it seems to be hit or miss as to how much noise or vibration.

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    In the unlikely event the WD Scorpio Black causes undue

    vibration you could always make a warranty claim to at

    least exchange for another. Doubt this will be necessary.

  • AHMuse11 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I have to say I am quite effing excited! If it goes well....it will be like a new computer! To me anyway. Part of all this upgrading is because I can't get updates for anything anymore. Even Gmail had a pop up message saying "We are no longer supporting this version of Firefox. Some features may not work." My Hotmail said the same thing. Guess it was time if everyone is leaving me behind.

    Thanks for all your thought guys!

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    You may wish to avail yourself of the Tork (sp?) - No. 6 I believe -

    screwdriver in the meantime.

  • DangerSpork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Realize this is a 6-month old thread, so apologies for raising the dead. But it's exactly what I'm looking at doing, so thought I'd check in with this group.

     

    I'm upgrading my wife's late 2006 Macbook 2,1 to try to squeeze a few more years out of it. Just upgraded the RAM, and things already run better. Next is to install Snow Leopard or Lion, but I realize there's not enough space on the original 80GB drive. So an SSD upgrade is in order.

     

    From what I read, this model Macbook has a SATA I connector which will work with SATA II drives, but not SATA III. Mini-Mac, you mentioned that you bought the Crucial m4, though, which (if my meager brain is understanding correctly) Is SATA III and supposedly shouldn't work. The Crucial site recommends the v4 instead of the m4 for this model.

     

    So which is the right choice, SATA II v4 or SATA III m4?

     

    Thanks!

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    If disk space is the most important detail, put a standard rotational disk. In my wife’s similar model I put a 7200 rpm disk (320 GB which, approx. 3 years ago, was the best choice price/capacity/quality). Another option is a hybrid (rotational + SSD disk, initially unreliable, now well done), SSD is of course faster and more expensive. SATA II and III have the same connectivity, but that generation of macs does not use the speed of 3rd generation SATA.

    Therefore a 750 GB hybrid, with a 32 GB SSD, would be my choice, but opinions may vary, of course.

  • DangerSpork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply Cattus. Having enormous amounts of disk space isn't the most important aspect, nor is strictly cost per GB. For perhaps indefensible reasons, I'm sold on SSD for this upgrade.

     

    It sounds like the Crucial m4 (SATA III) will work on the Macbook 2,1, but perhaps without the expected performance. Does anyone know if this will perform worse than a SATA II drive (like the Crucial v4)? Or would they be essentialy the same?

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Sata III will perform at the speed allowed by machine architecture, therefore not better than II. This is what I have read.

  • DangerSpork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So a SATA III and SATA II drive will have essentially the same performance?

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Only with pre-SATA III machines as their config does not yet know that there would be a SATA III era.

    This is also a problem of pocket: an ATA hard disk is more expensive than a SATA disk, I have not analyzed prices regarding SATA II ~ III disks, if II is more expensive than III, then buy III, even if speed is not better with that generation of machine.