A (New Life) Macbook !!

The crash of my Macbook HDD was serious, a new HDD was needed and I was hoping for non HDD issues when I sent in for servicing. In order to repair my macbook, it would require a new HDD and the quotation provided by the service provider was too high for me and without Apple Care, I decided not to go ahead with the repair.

I am very grateful to my old friend James, same batch from Dragon Scout Group, an Apple expert. He helped me with teaching and putting a new notebook 320 GB HDD by Samsung into my macbook, installing Mac OS X Leopard into my macbook, the tricks to reduce the installation time and disk space.

My Macbook model is 4,1 and the HDD can be replaced by removing the L shaped metal plate from the battery compartment area, there is a flap that you can see clearly and it allows you to pull out the Macbook HDD, it would come out nicely, unscrew the screws holding the HDD and replace it with your new HDD, put it back in place and push it back in, you have a new HDD ! My Samsung 320 GB HDD gives my Macbook a new life, with other parts of the hardware holding out in the upcoming 3 years considering the perils of electronics wear and tear.

Installing the Mac OS X Leopard might take a while, I was guided through the setup by James, it wasn’t that difficult, putting the CD 1 inside, switching on, pressing Option and running installation with the instructions and customisations from the screen. Overall, it was a smooth journey, thankfully with the assistance and guidance of James. Once Mac OS X Leopard was completed, Snow Leopard was installed and it went smoothly too and it was really good. Thereafter, had a great time chatting about Apple products e.g. Apple TV, Mac Pro, iTunes etc etc

Returning home, downloaded my other software for my Macbook e.g. NeoOffice, VLC Player, just some of the Mac OS software that I used before, having a new HDD is like having a “new Macbook” and there were a lot more things to be done. Next up, installing my Windows 7 on my Macbook, Apple hasn’t release its support yet, hopefully soon. Nevertheless, I might be installing the Windows 7 on my Macbook first.

A big question now on my mind is, my Macbook model is 4,1 running Snow Leopard, which version of Windows 7 can I install using Boot Camp ? 32 Bit or 64 Bit ? Hmm …… still researching and asking my Apple expert friends, hoping to install in Windows 7 in the next few days.

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