MBP problems v. battery and HD

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  1. REDandBLACKpack

    REDandBLACKpack Active Member

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    First off I would like to say that this was my first apple computer and I absolutely LOVE my MBP, I have been completely happy with the purchase.

    As of recently my MBP has been cutting off when the battery reaches ~40% so I have to plug it back in and the batter will start recharging from ~40%. Why is this happening? What should/can I do? Last week it worked perfectly.

    Also, I only have about 12.5 GB's left of my ~150 GB HD. I know that I have about 40 GB's of music, a few movies and a few documents. I do not have many programs installed (firefox, transmission, adium, unrarx, maybe a few others). What can I do to possibly clean up some stuff and free up memory? Am i completely deleting programs/files by dragging them to the trashcan and emptying it? Should I get an external HD or replace my current HD with a larger one, if so what specs do I need to have?

    I apologize for all of the questions, I am not the best with computers beyond basic operating. Any help would be great! Thanks!
     
  2. TheWeasel

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    Here's some battery info:
    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1519

    For the most part, dragging apps to the trash will delete them. You may also wanna check the Applications Support folder in both the User's Library folder and the System Library folder as some apps have large amounts of data in there. Once you've trashed the app you may also want to search for the program name or part of it to find any related files still around. Alternatively you may want to checkout AppZapper.

    Any 2.5" SATA drive up to 320GB should fit if you choose to go that route. I'd just get an external and offload stuff you don't use often to it. Also nice to have for backing up your important data.
     
  3. REDandBLACKpack

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    thanks for the info. I still do not understand why my battery is dying so early, just now it gave me the warning at 48%. Can I have the battery replaced under warranty? Is this something that can be done at an apple store so that I do not have to ship my computer off?
     
  4. TheWeasel

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    I'd bring it in and see what they say. I would think they'd replace it with the machine being so new.
     
  5. REDandBLACKpack

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    took it in today. since its less than a 1 year old they put a new battery in for me!
     

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