The biggest problem right now is the hard drive, which is practically full to bursting. I had 2 GB free this morning but only after deleting a lot of stuff (which now needs to be copied back over) – this was due to the fact that Fury of the Sunwell came out for World of Warcraft and it requires a minimum of 1.6 GB to install (although you get most of it back after it has patched your game files). Part of the problem is that I have both Mac OS X Leopard and Windows Vista (by way of Parallels) on there – Vista’s virtual hard disk occupies around 13 GB of space, which is a lot when the total drive capacity is only 60 GB.
Also, when running large applications like World of Warcraft or Parallels, it starts to struggle a bit with just 1 GB of RAM (this is something I never thought I’d say 10 years ago…).
So, I need to upgrade the hard disk and get another gigabyte of RAM. I’ve been holding off any upgrade for a while because I imagined it would be quite expensive; however, in actual fact, I can do the who she-bang for under £100, and that includes memory from Crucial and a branded hard drive. Though I can’t see this happening right away, in a couple of months I should have enough cash spare to justify doing this.
Hopefully, the bigger RAM and hard drive will provide the performance boost I’m after. The graphics on the MacBook is still a weak point but it provides passable Warcraft performance and I can’t upgrade it, so I’ll bear with it.