After trying repeatedly to get a job with our local Apple store (unsuccessfully), I’ve decided that I will be sharing information normally given to new customers with readers of this blog. A natural first step is to explain the differences between the different Apple models, and how each one is best suited for a particular user.
The first question you need to ask yourself is what you plan on doing with your new computer. While each model is surprisingly powerful for doing a wide range of computing tasks, some do them better than others. By knowing this going in, it makes choosing the system much easier.
The second question — generally decided by the answer to the first one — is whether you want a laptop or a desktop. Laptops have greater portability, but often lack high powered components, and sometimes come at a higher price. Desktops generally come at lower prices, but at the expense of portability.
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This is part 2 of a 2 part series on upgrading your MacBook. Part 1 is exchanging the hard drive.
After you upgrade your MacBook’s hard drive, you’re stuck with a computer that likely has no data on it. This, of course, is impossible to boot, so you’re left with a very nice looking paperweight. With a few pieces of software, you can be back up and running in no time.
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This is part 1 of upgrading your MacBook. Part 2 is moving the data to the new drive.
When you purchase a MacBook, the options for hard drive space are 80GB, 120GB, or now, 250GB. I went with the stock 80, but now, more than a year later, I want more. What to do? Why, install your own hard drive, of course! I picked up a 250 GB drive at a local store for $100, and am now in the process of moving all my extra items on this ginormous (for a laptop) drive.
Since I am certain there are more people interested in doing this, here is part 1 of a two part tutorial on what you need to do to get your MacBook up and running with a larger drive (part 2 is moving the data).
The first thing you will need, naturally, is a hard drive. As I mentioned, I picked up a 2.5″ SATA drive with 250 GB and 5400 RPM at a local store for $100. This is a very good price, in my mind, and it fits the bill nicely. Just remember that those are the specs you need to get: 2.5″ laptop drive, 5400 RPM, SATA connection. 7200 RPM drives also work.
With a hard drive available, you are now ready to begin replacing the innards to your computer.
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