Originally posted by NOFEER
which aftermarket drive?? and then what did you do with the native hd?? how hard/easy was it.
if easy then you'd suggest buying the smallest drive and adding your own?? how did you transfer from the origianal hd to the new one?? i'd sure like one of those perpendicular drives in my mb or mbp i'll get this winter
I got the Seagate Momentus 5400.2 series 120GB SATA drive. Model ST9120821AS. I paid $175 shipped i believe, from computergiants.com, but since then they have drastically raised the price, and it took them 4 days to ship my drive, and only then because i called and nagged them about 4 times in one day I think, so I don't recommend them.
A quick search of some shopping sites yielded this list of stores and prices.http://geek.pricegrabber.com/search_...terid=10598364
The actual install of the drive is the EASIEST of any ever that I've done on Apple's Laptops (and I've done their Pismo G3 PowerBook, Wallstreet G3 PowerBook, Titanium G4 PowerBook, and iBook G4).
It literally takes 5 minutes. You just remove the L-shaped bracket that covers the ram slots in the battery bay (3 screws, they stay in the bracket). Grab the little plastic tab and pull out the hard drive (it's in a little carrier). Remove the 4 torx-8 screws on the carrier to remove the stock drive and screw your new drive in. Slide the whole carrier back into the drive slot and replace the L-Bracket.
So I suggest buying the smallest (60GB) stock drive you can and installing the largest one you can afford afterwards. As for transfering the data, I hadn't really installed anything on my stock macbook drive, so i took the opportunity to do a clean install from Apple's install CDs. That way I was able to customize the installation and not install the iWork trials, office trials, and the 2GB of languages I wouldn't use.
Then I manually copied over my data and some preferences and keychains from a firewire backup of my old laptop (but very few preference files so that I could have the cleanest newest install possible- my old laptop had been through about 4 migrations of old computers and still had hundreds of classic programs that I never used anymore at all and I didn't even want to copy them over).
If you want to keep your stock drive as a backup drive (or keep a fresh clean install on it in case you need to send your computer to apple for repair- that way you can just throw the stock drive back in and not worry about them reformmating or seeing your private data) the cheapest way to plug it in would probably be this: http://www.newertech.com/products/pr...univ_adptr.php
I just received a non-branded version of this exact same cable setup and it worked for my stock 60GB drive perfectly, and it will also let me plug in a bare 5.25" DVD-Burner or 3.5" desktop IDE drive as needed. It's not really portable, since the bare drives aren't protected in a case, but it's good for quick and dirty drive recoveries or backups.