View Full Version : A MacBook or MacBook Pro and a HD swap?

11-12-2009, 07:15 PM
A friend is going to buy a MacBook or MacBook Pro and later might need more internal storage. Can a larger HD be easily installed or NOT? :(

11-12-2009, 08:22 PM
OK, First we need some MacBook and MacBook Pro's comparisons or benchmarking. She only needs a 13" screen. Any links or thoughts appreciated.

A Google search... (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=13+MacBook+and+MacBook+Pro+comparisons+benchmark ing&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=)

A larger HD Swap might be down the road - not needed now.

11-12-2009, 09:01 PM
the MacBook Pro 2.26GHz, $999...
Expansion One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), SD card slot or the MacBook 2.0GHz, $899...
USB Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps) she needs portability so the better options for connections are probably worth the 100 more bucks at $999 and a few more GHz's too. ;)

Figured this one all by myself. :D

11-13-2009, 07:59 AM

With that SD slot, I take it that's one of the new models, which are supposed to be much easier.

Download the appropriate manual from:


I downloaded for a new 13" and 15" MBP and MB, and indeed it's a lot easier. Some screws, remove the under panel for easy access to the HD.

11-13-2009, 06:40 PM
She will be happy but spent a few hundred more than planned. Now she should need/get a wireless router. Suggestions for a cheap ok inexpensive simple router. What happened to the 40 dollar router deals. She needs a deal. My first search found little. :mad:

Could she get by with a 54 Mbps router or does she need a faster one. She has a 1.5 Mbps dsl down speed. -- I don't know well enough. :o

11-14-2009, 10:37 AM
Good choice on the MBP.

Yes, HD is very easy to swap, back comes off, and there is RAM, battery, and HD. Bam!

I have the Linksys WRT120N (http://www.linksysbycisco.com/APAC/en/products/WRT120N) and love it. Super easy to setup, and has never hiccuped in a year+. Did not really care for the older Linksys stuff, but this one was great to setup, even with just a Mac. Not $49, but only a couple bucks more (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=/WRT120N&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=7045384621373615033&ei=nOr-SrPaMoiIsgO_3fiHCw&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBoQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers).

11-18-2009, 05:01 PM
I got a Belkin G wireless router at my neighborhood WalMart for $29 a few months back. I've got one machine wired to it and the other four running wireless, plus my daughter's friend next door has a netbook and I set her up with the password.

We have had as many as four systems connected at once, running Windows updates, website uploads, streaming video and chats, with minimal (as in negligible) drop in bandwidth.