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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Macbook Pro Upgrade Reply with quote

I am thinking of upgrading my 13" Macbook Pro. I plan to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB of ram and also upgrade the 160GB HD to 250GB. I plan to upgrade to a 7200RPM drive. I like the idea of a bit faster HD but my question is: How much will this affect my battery life? I have the built in 7hr battery. (I usually get about 7.5hrs)

Am I losing minutes, or even hours with this upgrade? I am a college student and it is very important to have my laptop with me all day.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a similar upgrade to the one you're planning - 4gb RAM and a 320gb 7200rpm drive (Seagate). I don't keep careful track of battery life, but as far as I can tell, there has been minimal, if any effect on it. That's probably because the newer drives are more power-efficient despite the higher rpm's. If there's a particular drive you are thinking of, look up its power consumption stats (from the company or a review), and compare it the same information for your present drive.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure I will go the crucial.com route for the RAM.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I upgraded my 13" MBP to 8GB of ram and two hdd's (replacing the SuperDrive with a second hard drive)...a 640GB and a 500GB.

I have noticed only minimal battery life impact. And that is with a second hard drive.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question: Can I use the restore discs that came with my mbp to do a fresh install of Snow Leopard on the new HD?

I sold my iMac and with it my Snow Leopard DVD. I really don't want to have to drop another $30 for a new SL disc on top of the cost for the bigger HD.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Question: Can I use the restore discs that came with my mbp to do a fresh install of Snow Leopard on the new HD?

of course.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the largest HD you can put in a MBP?

I don't see many HDs over 500GB in the 2.5" form factor.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 750 GB WD drive in mine.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just upgraded to a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB.. Installation was easy as pie and it took about 25mins to reinstall SL.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instead of upgrading, its better to take new 13 macbook with upgraded version and sell earlier one.
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