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I just replaced the 5400 rpm with a 7200 rpm yesterday...
Yes - you have to remove the 4 star patterned bolts (2 on each side) from the old hard drive - these will match holes on the new drive.
I don't have it with me - but it is a very small driver that you'll need to use (maybe a 00)? Luckily I had a set that came with a larger "toolbox" purchase of screwdrivers, etc or else I wouldn't have been able to remove them either.
I pan on installing my harddrive either tonight or tomorrow. Changed the ram to 2Gb today and took about 5 minutes.
Once I get the new drive in, do I just boot from the OS X disk and reinstall the OS X system or will I need to do something to the drive first?
ALso what is a good utility to move all the data from my current drive onto the new one. I have a ministack drive I can use to store the data, just need to know how to get it there the best way
Once it is installed, just boot up from the install disks and the installer will walk you through initializing the drive.
A far easier way would have been to clone your internal drive to a USB or FW drive using SuperDuper, then cloning it back. That way all of your programs and settings would be exactly as they were before the swap.
I did that with my iMac when I upgraded it from the 160GB drive to the 320GB unit that I now use.
The first time you clone the drive, it will take a while. I cloned my HD as soon as I opened the box just so I could have a restore point if I screwed something up. It took about 30 minutes.
After you register, you can do smart updates which save a ton of time. It took my cloning times down to less than 9 minutes.
Well swapped out the hard drive today. Was pretty straightforward. Only had to go puy the proper torx size at Home Depot.
Of course I have moved all my data over to the new one and then I realized I left my data on my old 80gb drive the MacBook came with! Now I am going to have to remove the new one, reinstall the old and do an erase on the old one!!
Practice makes perfect!