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u/geroge314 · 3 pointsr/applehelp

I have this same laptop and it's working perfectly well after upgrading both the RAM and the SSD. Upgrading to an SSD will greatly decrease the boot time of the laptop and adding more RAM will help to make the laptop snappier overall. The first step I would take would be to put an SSD in the laptop, especially considering the horribly long boot times you're experiencing, but both will

Adding RAM will be the easiest change for your laptop, as it doesn't require any transferring of files. I personally have 16 GB of ram in my laptop (2 x 8GB) but in the interest of saving money, you may want to get one 8GB stick of RAM and upgrade again down the line if you desire. When shopping for RAM, you want to make sure that you have a SODIMM sized stick, and that it's running at 1600 MHz speed. Here is an option from Amazon, but you may be able to find other options for cheaper (this was just the first thing I found). You just want to ensure that the RAM you buy is a SODIMM module and is running at 1600 MHz. Assuming the 4GB is in the form of 2 x 2GB sticks, you will have 10 GB of RAM total after installing the new module.

You can easily find videos on how to install RAM on the internet, but as a quick explanation:

  • Turn your computer off
  • Remove all the screws from the bottom of the MacBook, there should be 10 and they're all Phillips.
  • Pull off the back of the laptop
  • You should see RAM modules above the battery at the bottom of the laptop
  • There are two tabs that you can pull on to release the RAM from its socket, it should pop up at an angle and you can pull it out. There will most likely be another stick of RAM under it, you should leave it be.
  • You want to put the new stick of RAM in at the same angle that the old one came out at, aligning the notch of the slot to the notched hole in the RAM stick, and then push it down so it's sitting as the original RAM stick was.
  • Put the back cover on and rescrew the screws. Note that the 3 long screws go in the part of the back nearest to the screen hinge.

    You should now be able to go to "About the Mac" then to Memory, and see a 2GB and 8GB (if you get an 8GB stick) module show up.

    As for the SSD, it can be a bit more complicated depending on how you want to go about doing it. If you care about all of the data on your old drive, you can clone it using a cloning software. If not, you can copy important files onto a flash drive or external hard drive to paste back into the new installation of macOS.

    But first, you need to get the SSD itself. The Samsung 850 Evo is very well liked across the internet and the drive that I personally used. You can get it in whatever capacity you need. That being said, there are other options of SSDs that will be less expensive while still being a massive upgrade over the spinning disk drive that you likely already have. If you do searching around the internet, the only thing you need to be careful of is that the SSD has a SATA connector and isn't a m.2 drive. You'll also need a SATA to USB cable like This

    The way I would recommend replacing the drive would be to do a fresh install of macOS, keeping a backup of your important files.

    You want to start by plugging the SSD into the SATA to USB cable and the cable into your laptop. Then, open Disk Utility (either by using a spotlight search or finding it in the "Other" folder of the application display (hit the F4 function key)) Once you have disk utility open, you want to find the SSD on the left drop-down menu and erase it. This will format it to be usable as a boot disk for macOS. Note: it's possible that it will work without doing this but I am unsure and think it would be good to be safe here to save the time of having to change it.

    As with the RAM, you can probably easily find a video showing how to do it, but I will also list the rest of the steps as I remember them.
  • Turn the laptop off
  • Unscrew the screws of the back cover
  • Take off the back cover. The hard drive should be beside the battery at the bottom and held in by black brackets on the top and bottom. To unscrew them, you just need a small Phillips screwdriver.
  • Once you've unscrewed them, you can pull off the top of both black brackets and pull out the drive. Be careful not to damage the ribbon cables!
  • Disconnect the SATA power and SATA data connectors at the end of the ribbon cable on the drive.
  • Unscrew the four screws holding the drive in the bracket.
  • Pull the drive out and put the new drive in and screw it back in like the old one was
  • Do the steps taken to remove the old drive in reverse to secure the new drive into place.

    Once the new drive is in, you can reboot the laptop and hit the Option key to bring up a boot menu. You should see something that says "Choose a Network" and you can sign into your WiFi to continue. From there you will able to use network recovery to reinstall macOS.

    I hope this is helpful and good luck! I'm glad I'm not the only one still using a 2012 MBP :)

    edit: formatting, a word
u/Busangod · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I was pretty nervous too about the upgrade, but just take your time watch a bunch of youtube how-to's and I would suggest taking a look at this walk through:

Things you'll need that aren't on that page are one of these, SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable

the tools I bought this one. Comes in a nice case and has everything you need

the hard drive. I already linked to the one I chose, but there are other options

and if you want to keep the old drive as a back up, you'll need one of these

I got my ram a while back so I don't have a direct link, but make sure you're getting the kind that will work with her machine. There are plenty of online guides and the question has been asked/answered here more than a couple times, but if you get overwhelmed just throw up another post. People here are generally great.

Not really endorsing any of these things over the competition, just trying to be helpful. Good luck. It's an AMAZING improvement once it's done!

u/frozenpandaman · 1 pointr/applehelp

Awesome—thanks! Regarding the sudden motion detection, since I already replaced my HDD with an SSD, would you recommend putting the SSD (boot drive) in where the optical/CD drive is right now, and then moving the new HDD back to the original drive-that-came-with-the-Mac location (so, where the SSD is now – so aka switch the two)? (Haha, let me know if that was hard to understand.) Edit: Based on this video, apparently the optical bay has to have an HDD in it—SSD won't work/won't let you partition it. In the comments someone said an SSD works in there with a 2012 Mac, but didn't work with the video uploader's 2011 Mac. Since mine's mid-2010, I'm assuming it won't work—since it's older than 2011 in which that also doesn't work.

From what I've read and making assumptions based on that, did you mean a 9.5mm height drive, as opposed to 9mm?

That's smart to use symlinks... I'll be sure to do that! Thanks for the suggestion of the WD Blue. Do you know how it runs compared to the WD Black or Green?

Finally, does the type of caddy/tray matter? The one that fits in the optical bay with the hard drive in place of the CD drive, that is. Someone else recommended this one... looks fine, I think? Thank you so much!

u/nsomnac · 1 pointr/applehelp

> How would I go about setting my Samsungs to the latest DisplayPort version?

Typically you have to dig through the menu settings on the monitor. Somewhere there’s going to be a set of buttons that let you adjust mode, color, contrast, brightness, etc. Somewhere within that maze of menus you would find the DisplayPort version.

> Old Dongle:
> — It says Thunderport certified - but I guess it could just be bs?

Amazon is a real crapshoot anymore. Lots of deceitful ratings and bait and switch products. It may say certified, but by whom? Intel is the only body that legitimately certifies Thunderbolt. They’ve done a pretty good job at maintaining a list of products and manufacturers - if this company isn’t listed, this adapter might not actually be certified.

> Here is the current USB C to HDMI Adaptors I am using:
I have one for each monitor - I stopped using the Old Dongle to see if connecting each monitor via its own adaptor (i.e. using 3 of the 4 thunderports on the MBP) was more stable.

USB 3.1 gen 1 stuff is really hard to find quality products. I’ve had good luck with a couple different brands (Monoprice and CJ5 from Staples), but have had issues with several different ones from Amazon which I sent back. If you have this setup now is it more stable than the adapter above?

> Last question - assuming that you think the adaptors are fine, could the ACER monitor be the one that is giving me the issue? I remember speaking to someone that when you use different brand monitors, things can get wonky. Any thoughts?

It’s certainly possible, I’m not sure. I have all Dell displays at work and still have this issue. If it’s of any consequence I’ve had less issues with cables (usb type-c male to DisplayPort/HDMI male) than using a dongle (male usb 3.1 or TB3 to female DisplayPort/HDMI) then using a male to male DisplayPort/HDMI cable.

The best way is to try without that display for a couple of days to see if your problems go away.

Just to confirm, I’m assuming the problems you’re having are with the displays flashing on/off or intermittently going blank for a few a seconds then coming back on? If they just aren’t coming on at all, that might be a different issue.

FWIW I just remembered that I tried my “dependable HDMI dongle” with a TCL TV and all it would do is flash a blue screen every 5 or so second. I swapped it for a Pluggable USB-C to HDMI cable and it worked perfectly.

It’s unfortunate that all the alt mode video is such a hassle. Worse is that the alt mode is a feature of USB and that governing body is in a poor state of affairs which doesn’t look to be getting better soon (see USB 3.1 gen 2 to add to confusion). I’m sure there are a high percentage of products using the logos incorrectly and don’t meet certification requirements. This brand new LG display I have touts a USB 3 type a hub, however it clearly identifies to the Mac as a USB 2 hub. Upon some research - the USB chipset used in the display is USB 3 capable - but it’s likely it got wired into a USB 2 configuration for the type A ports (and the used blue ports which mean 3.0) while the single type c port is 3.0, but used for DisplayPort - sigh...

u/mistermagicman · 2 pointsr/applehelp
  1. As long as it's in decent condition, you could sell it for $200-350 I'd say, depending on whether or not you upgrade the ram.

  2. No - an SSD would make even Mountain Lion incredibly zippy, even on that computer. The main bottleneck with computers, even one that old, is the HD read/write speed. Upgrading the ram AND an ssd would definitely not be cancelled out by ML.

  3. Honestly, replacing the battery isn't worth it in my opinion. They're pretty expensive (I strongly advise against getting a non-apple one) and you're probably not gonna get more than 4-5 hours with a new one.

  4. Yes - it did for me when I did a clean install, then restored from a time machine backup.

  5. I don't think your computer will take 16GB - use the link I provided above to find out.

  6. About the same as ML

  7. Crucial has some great memory for a good price with an excellent warranty. How big is your HD? I recommend the Crucial M4 ssd, you can get the 256GB model for as low as $170 on Amazon depending on the day. Here's a link, it goes on sale all the time.
u/Radle · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I know this does not directly answer either one of your questions, but it will address both of the concerns you have.

Just use something like SuperDuper to copy your current drive onto the drive you want to replace. The free version should do the job just fine.

This way, when you install the new drive it will be like nothing has changed. It's the least amount of hassle.

In order to be able to write to the SSD before you physically install it, you will need either a disk enclosure, or a SATA to USB cable. Should not cost more than $15.

  1. Plug the SSD to your Macbook using the cable mentioned above or an enclosure.
  2. Format your SSD using Disk Utilities to match the same settings as your current drive.
  3. Use super duper to copy your current HD contents onto the SSD.
  4. Power off the Macbook and replace the HD with the SSD.

    Let me know if that makes sense and if you need any help with any of the steps.
u/Stingray88 · 3 pointsr/applehelp

SSDs will provide little to no performance difference in games aside from faster loading times. Of course this depends the game, some could benefit from an SSD but most will not. The SSD would make general performance of the operating system and applications far more responsive.

Your Mac Pro doesn't have USB 3.0, so unless you have an internal PCIe USB 3.0 card you wouldn't be able to use a USB 3.0 SSD. And that's assuming that you are really talking about a Mac Pro... you don't have a Macbook Pro, do you? As that can't use USB 3.0 at all. But either way I wouldn't recommend the one you found as it's not a very fast SSD. Good internal SSDs are not any more expensive than an external one, in fact external (of the same performance) is probably going to be more expensive.

I would suggest either this 128GB for $62 or this 256GB for $104. These are some of the best value SSDs you can get. Very fast, very reliable.

There isn't really a performance difference between an SSD on SATA III 6Gbps and USB 3.0. Even some of the fastest SSD won't saturate the bandwidth available on either. However for simplicity sake, it's a lot better to just boot off the SSD internally. You don't want to have to boot to USB 3.0 all the time.

u/saintstryfe · 6 pointsr/applehelp

That'll work fine. Brands don't matter much - they're all going to be a big step up.

For installation you'll need a small (P1) phillips screw driver, and a Torx T6 driver. I'd also recommend a can of Compressed Air Duster - if you're in there, clean it up. Any semi-good multi-bit precision screw driver set will have both. If you want to keep your data, you'll also want to have a USB SATA cable (something like this: which will let you migrate your data back after you install your new drive.

On a clean surface shut down the machine and flip it over, undoing the 8 screws on the bottom (3 will be longer, and 5 will be short) on the bottom case. Should just pop off then. On the right-hand side of the device closest to you is the battery - a short cable with a black plastic cap on the top right is the battery connector. Disconnect the battery. (Not absolutely required, but safer).

Once open, give the inside a dusting, then look for the hard drive in the lower left hand corner. Right above it will be a small plastic holding bar, held in with two locking Phillips screws. Remove them and the bar and set aside.

Slide the drive out of the IR bracket on the opposite side and disconnect from the Hard Drive Flex SATA Cable. Be careful - break this cable, and you're adding another 25$ cable to your repair.

Remove the 4 T6 Torx screws from the original drive and put them into the matching holes on your new drive. Attach to the flex cable and reseat into the IR bracket and settle in. Replace the holding bar and screw it back in, making sure it's secure. Reconnect the battery.

Replace the bottom case and replace the screws. The 3 long ones are on the top right as it's sitting in front of you. The short screws you might need to angle slightly - they should sit flush.

If you have an OS install disk you're good - if not, reboot holding Command and R to get to Internet Recovery to install a fresh copy of mOS. It will let you connect to wifi (or auto-connect to your Wired network if you have an ethernet connection). When it boots (it will take a while, it's downloading most of an OS) open Disk Utility, format your new SSD (choose Mac OS Extended Journaled for the format) and you'l be able to then install mac OS.

Once installed, if you have a SATA cable you should then be able to go into macOS setup and use Migration assistant to copy your data - if it gives an error saying it was created on a newer version of macOS, you can back to the point, create a temporary user called Administrator or Update or something like that, then update your system. With a Mid-2012 with an SSD there's no reason not to be on 10.14 Mojave, so create a temporary user, update your system using the App Store to Mojave, and then you can go into Migration Assistant again (it's in the Applications/Utilities folder).

I hope this helps you out!

u/good1god · 1 pointr/applehelp

If you are regularly using Photoshop and Lightroom adding memory will definitely help. The SSD will help speed up opening programs/boot times/saving files/etc. The additional RAM will allow you to work on larger image files in PS and LR without slowing down. You can adjust the amount of RAM they use but honestly the more you can allocate the merrier.

I have my 2009 MBP setup in a similar fashion. 120GB SSD in main slot and 500GB 7200RPM HDD in an optical disc adapter. Basically anything I'm working on I move to the SSD and archive on the HDD when finished. I backup both via a USB HDD on my AirPort Extreme.

For $200 you can definitely do a decent upgrade.



Optical adapter for mine was ~$10 and required electrical tape to hold in place. Probably a little more expensive/better option. lol.

u/Teknik987 · 1 pointr/applehelp

Thats looks to be the right part, i got something similar as well but different brand for my 2011 pro ( If it interest you for about the same price, get a Crucial M500 240GB Solid State Drive instead it dramatically improves the performance of the laptop. I have it and love it, anyone i know that has an older ish macbook pro has it., this as well

u/fostermatt · 5 pointsr/applehelp

What should I buy and where should I buy it from?

  • If you're going to upgrade I would go to 16GB, you know, since you're in there. These should be fine.

    How do I install it? Or should I have someone else do so?
  • Do it yourself. It's not that hard. iFixit can help.

    How much is all of this going to cost?
  • I think 16GB of RAM is about $130 on Amazon, 8GB is closer to $70.

    Any other advice or feedback is welcome. Thank you!
    Also, the startup slowness is very likely your HDD as well. Depending on how much space you need and how much you can afford replacing the HDD with a SSD will change your life. I put a 256GB OCZ SSD in my Macbook Pro and it just flies now.

    I'd be happy to follow up if you have any more questions.
u/Troll__McLure · 2 pointsr/applehelp

This one for example. It's available at different sizes, but if 250 GB were ok for you, this one should have a great price/performance ratio.

I've got the 512 GB version of the predecessor and it's great.

u/hitcho12 · 6 pointsr/applehelp

Don't pay to clean it up. If you have the OS X disc, you can perform a clean install yourself. Boot into the disc, wipe the HDD with Disk Utility, and then reinstall OS. Just make sure you back up your necessary files.

Max out your RAM, but if you really want to see a performance increase you're going to need to upgrade to a SSD. Check if your specific model is compatible with SATA-2, and if it is, consider picking up one of these.

I have a late-2008 MBP (first unibody to come out), I maxed my RAM at 8GB and my HDD failed once. Apple replaced it with another HDD and within a year I noticed the same symptoms from the previous fail. I bought that 256GB SSD and my computer's running better now than fresh off the factory in 2008.

As for physically cleaning, buy the tools necessary to open the shell and get yourself a bottle of compressed air. Go slowly. You'll save yourself a nice amount of cash

iFixit is your friend. Search around and find a guide that shows you how to open it up completely.

u/Kiriesh · 1 pointr/applehelp

I'm a personal fan of backing up your windows partition then doing a fresh install on the new drive, but there's plenty of cloning software options so I'll leave that up to you. As for the caddy, I use this one and it works like a charm in my 13" 2011 MBP. Make sure to install the SSD in your original HDD location, as the SuperDrive slot has a slightly slower R/W speed.

u/macadam · 1 pointr/applehelp

There are lots of articles about replacing the optical drive with a HDD/SSD by using a special drive carrier like this one which is the original AFAIK or this one which I used to save money. You get what you pay for, and the fit was a little tricky with the less expensive one, but it worked. This link goes to some videos for the actual physical install.

I installed OS X from scratch and then used Apple's Migration Assistant to migrate my data from the old HDD to the new SSD. Smooth as silk. As for placement of the boot drive messing with the sleep function - WHAT?! That makes no sense to me and is certainly not my experience. I had read that the Sudden Motion Sensor used by the Mac to park your HDD if you drop the machine might not park a drive in the optical bay. That makes some sense to me so I put the drive with no moving parts there. It's been 2 and a half months and no issues at all.

As for web page speed - that's just an example of how the speed of everything this Mac does is improved. Yes, the big difference is a result of faster cache read/writes on the SSD. More RAM means less cacheing to begin with, so also greater speed. This is just one example, though. Google Earth has gone from a little bit slow to OMFG that's FAST! Not just with the image rendering, but just loading the app is ridiculously faster.

Coming back to your question about the scripts. I went to a friend for this. My buddy is a Unix Guru and I - well, I'm not. Because of that I will not place the scripts here. If I get something wrong in the translation, I don't want to cause you heartache. The short version is that by using diskutil (the CLI back end of Disk Utility) my buddy determined which logical volume needed to be unmounted/mounted. He then wrote the commands as a shell script to execute the action and exit Terminal. All of this is easily researched online or through the diskutil man pages, but I went to my pal because he makes my life easy.

u/bluthru · 2 pointsr/applehelp

If you're doing video editing, you'll definitely benefit from maxing out your RAM.

Regarding the SSD, you can either pay a lot of money for a large one, or you can buy a smaller one and offload your music and other video files onto an external HD. You'll have to determine how much storage space you need.

This is a good one:

Not all SSD's are created equal. Some don't last as long as others. You'll have to research them to see what brands people trust.

Also, be sure to enable TRIM with this utility:

u/Hitsu17 · 1 pointr/applehelp

I use and recommend a Crucial M4. I'm on my phone but here you can check it out on Amazon. You can shop around, but $210 is around what I payed. I love it. Boots up completely (applications and safari pages refreshed) in 16 seconds flat. I haven't seen the rainbow pinwheel longer than one second, which is huge considering when I updated my friends 2009 MBP and installed some apps for her I was shocked at how long it took. In reality it was really not that long, but once you go SSD, you really can't go any other.

u/aboda7es · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I can provide some help on your second query. I have a 2011 15' MBP and had replaced my optical drive with the HDD that came with the Mac. There are a couple of things to consider.

Firstly, the optical drive (I think they call it SuperDrive) can be put in a USB enclosure and used after taking it out.

Secondly, the SATA on my optical drive bay is 3Gb/s, not 6. so I can't take full advantage of SSD speeds. Hence my decision to use a regular HDD instead. YMMV though.

And lastly, I got my HDD bracket (the thing that fits on the optical drive bay, and carries your HDD) from Amazon for about $10. The more popular, but expensive, solution would be the OptiBay. That will run you $30. From my own experience, I haven't run into any problem using the one I have [1].

Replacing the optical drive was one of the best things I've done with my mac. I have the blazing fast SSD for the OS and programs, and the 750GB HDD for my media files and backups. I highly recommend it!

[1] -

Edit: Gb/s, not Ghz.

u/iMan2112 · 1 pointr/applehelp

Thank you all for your replies. I decided to instead get the following ssd drive.

I'm assuming this drive has different garbage collection drivers, etc than the OWC. Does this change any of the information you guys gave me?

It sounds to me that I should still probably enable TRIM. I'm not extremely technical by any means but I've fiddled around with terminal commands and the like before so I'm not completely foreign to it.

Thanks again for all your help.

u/mjsnyder15 · 1 pointr/applehelp

You can definitely do that, as that is something I did to mine, but I also took mine a step forward. Along with upgrading my HDD to a 500GB SSD, I also bought this caddy from Amazon and replaced the Optical drive with my removed HDD (I had a 1TB normal HDD). Once I changed that out, I partitioned my SSD, 300GB to a Mac partition, and 200GB to a Windows Bootcamp partition, and then with the Optical Drive removed and now replaced with a 1TB HDD, I formatted that to exFAT so that both the Mac and Windows side could access and use it as a data drive. I did this years ago, and it is still running like a champ and have had zero issues. If you do not need/use your Optical Drive, I would highly suggest doing this as well. Plus, it's easy to switch back, if you end up not liking it.

u/scandalous_lime · 1 pointr/applehelp

You can try pulling out the hard drive and using this but that's pretty much all you can do. Make sure you plug it into another Mac. Windows can't read the file system Mac uses unless you have a special utility.

u/Fat_Ass_Reddit · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Installing the SSD in the optical bay slot for your main drive will give you sleep/wake problems. Macs don't look for the main drive on that SATA port. Install the SSD in the default drive's location and put the HDD in the optical bay slot (which you'll be using for secondary storage).

For the Boot Camp installation, if you have enough space you can sacrifice on the SSD then go ahead and install Windows on it. It really depends on how often you'll be booting into Windows and if you want to reap the benefits of having it on the SSD. It's not necessary though, you can have OS X on the SSD and Windows on the HDD with no problems. Boot Camp takes care of partitioning whichever drive you chose during the installation process. I've done the exact same thing you're trying to do and chose to install Boot Camp/Windows on the HDD and never had any issues booting into Windows.

The installation process is straight forward, especially with so many tutorials online. I really recommend iFixit's tutorials if you're looking for any.

Also, check out this optical bay drive enclosure. It's waaaay cheaper than what iFixit or OWC sells them for, but I'm sure you could find a good deal on eBay as well.

u/cmotdibbler · 1 pointr/applehelp

Unless you're doing serious crunching or video editing it should be fine. I've had the same system since 2010 and have had a good experience. The only concern is the condition of the apple charger, mine frayed coming out of the power brick and needed a replacement. Don't wind the cord tightly around the brick!

You might want to switch to a SSD for more speed. I did this last month (256 g Crucial MX100) and it was easy. You can move the old HDD in place of the DVD drive using a caddie. That process is more involved than putting in the SSD but not too bad. I formatted the old HDD to ex-fat and use it for windows and mac media file storage.

Bootcamp to windows 7 and it runs games like Mass Effect just fine.

u/bidoville · 1 pointr/applehelp

Awesome - I'll probably do that.

Last question (thanks again): I noticed a Crucial memory product that's similar to the product you recommended with higher ratings. Thoughts on this one or why the Corsair is best?

u/raygan · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I have this same machine with 16gb of ram. It's pretty damn fast. I think it's a good choice.

I also added an SSD later. One thing you might consider is setting up a small SSD (I got a 64gb SSD for $40) as your boot drive and moving your HDD to the optical drive bay using one of these.

That way you can buy a cheap small SSD and get the benefit of the SSD speed for booting and launching apps, but keep your large HDD for file storage. The SSD+Optical Bay Caddy upgrade was the best ~$50 upgrade I've ever done.

u/bobloblaw148 · 3 pointsr/applehelp

I commented this once before but I also have a Mid-2010 MBP (although mine's the 13 inch) and I installed this hybrid drive into it back in February, and it works very well. I was considering going with a SSD, but since I ultimately needed more storage space and I don't have the dough to shell out to purchase a 500gb SSD, I went with this one. Much less expensive, but is a vast improvement from my original drive, which I believe was dying.

u/14nicholasse · 1 pointr/applehelp

Heres what I would do: get the 2.6Ghz model with 4GB of ram and the 500GB or maybe 750 (if you have lots of things youll need to store)rotating hard drive:

Upgrade the ram from a third party: you can get 16GB for around 150 bucks, or 12GB for around 120. This added memory will really help with video editing

A 120 GB SSD is only around 100 bucks on amazon.

Upgrade the memory with what you purchased from the internet, not apple.

Replace the hard drive that comes with the computer with an SSD. Then, remove your optical drive, and use something like this to hold the old rotating drive. Install your applications, operating system on this drive, and large data such as your music library on the larger, slower drive. If you have a lot of applications or games I would go for the 250GB drive.

So in total thats:

120-150 for RAM
100-170 for SSD
~10 for optical drive replacement holder

12 GB ram and a 256GB SSD is a much better use of your money than a .1GHZ processor upgrade

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/applehelp

Free RAM is used as file cache. Zero swap is being used because the box isn't out of RAM; the file cache is shrunk as memory pressure increases until there is none left, at which point it will begin to swap.

So, large file cache + zero swap usage + low memory pressure graph = everything is hunky-dory.

Yes, you need more RAM, especially for Photoshop. Max out that machine (16 GB) and it will sing.

Assuming you have the 15" Late 2011 MBP: buy this. Installation instructions here. Only 8 GB is officially supported but 16 GB works perfectly (I have the 15" Early 2011 MBP and it works flawlessly with 16 GB).

Source: I am an Apple Certified Technician

u/sprechen_ze_dick · 1 pointr/applehelp

Intels are definitely great, and they feel nice and heavy duty, but here is the one I use that is also arguably the best on the market. I use the 250 one.

u/NeedAboutThreeFiddy · 1 pointr/applehelp

I did this on my Macbook 5.1 a year or so ago. Glorious easy install of the battery and disk drive. The hardware has been all downhill since then. =(

I backed up to external USB time machine, took out the old drive, installed the new one, did a fresh install of OSX on the new drive, and restored via Time Machine once the new OS was working.

Keep your old drive untouched for a week or two in case you need it. After that, you can wipe it or something.

If you don't use your DVD drive often, you might stick your old disk drive in there to use as more local storage:

And then stick your old DVD drive into a USB chassis, like this:

u/thesecretbarn · 1 pointr/applehelp

Buy this one. Another option. Either would be fine, but the Samsung has a 1TB option.

When you're researching, "SSD" is really all you need. "SSD" stands for "solid state drive" which means flash storage. Unless you're paying thousands of dollars for an unusual enterprise-level drive, they're all 2.5" and will fit in your Macbook.

Here's a good guide for when you're doing the install.

u/DNA128k · 1 pointr/applehelp

you might be better off with some super cheap audio interface, maybe even something like this?

Syba SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter, C-Media Chipset, RoHS

u/minacrime · 1 pointr/applehelp

It looks like a standard 2.5" hard drive. You would buy a cable like this, plug it into the new computer, and cross your fingers.

By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your iTunes folder:

  • Mac: Open a Finder window, then click Go > Home > Music > iTunes.
  • Windows 7 or later: Go to \Users\username\Music\
  • Windows XP: Go to \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
u/sonusmind · 1 pointr/applehelp

So a couple quick questions - (please keep in mind I am fairly amateur from a knowledgeable standpoint on some of this stuff):

How would I go about setting my Samsungs to the latest DisplayPort version?


I bought a dongle already, but I am willing to try a new one.

Old Dongle:

-- It says Thunderport certified - but I guess it could just be bs?

New Dongle I am looking at:™-3-dual-displayport-dongle


Here is the current USB C to HDMI Adaptors I am using:

I have one for each monitor - I stopped using the Old Dongle to see if connecting each monitor via its own adaptor (i.e. using 3 of the 4 thunderports on the MBP) was more stable.


Last question - assuming that you think the adaptors are fine, could the ACER monitor be the one that is giving me the issue? I remember speaking to someone that when you use different brand monitors, things can get wonky. Any thoughts?

u/smeezy · 1 pointr/applehelp

No, those things are pretty rare for some reason, although they're pretty easy to make if you're the do-it-yourself type.

Your cheapest bet is to get a USB sound card like this one.

u/westparkguy · 1 pointr/applehelp

It's super easy to replace. Just get the right size screwdriver and unscrew the bottom.

Get a hybrid drive from seagate.

u/mayhem-8 · 3 pointsr/applehelp

The MacBook Pro 9,2 is the MacBook Pro 13” 2012 non retina. The ram can be upgraded to 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) SO-DIMMS. Crucial ram like this is what we use for our customers Macs.

I highly recommend replacing your hard drive with an SSD like the Crucial MX500 SATA 2.5” or the Samsung EVO 860 SATA 2.5”, both available on Amazon.

The iFixit guides will show you how to replace the parts

u/redshield3 · 1 pointr/applehelp

I'm actually getting ready to do this myself in a week or so. I have a Crucial M4 128gb. I picked up an optibay-type cage for the old HDD so I can keep it in the system, and an external enclosure for the superdrive when i've taken it out.

My gameplan is to pull the HDD, set it aside, and do a fresh install of Lion onto the SSD from a SD card (I'll push the Lion DMG onto the card before I get into the guts of the machine), then physically reinstall the HDD to the old optical bay. I'll copy what programs & settings I need from that drive, then delete everything I don't want to save that's still on it (i.e., leave my documents & music alone) and then fix the permissions by hand.

u/Stumble19 · 1 pointr/applehelp

I would recommend an SD card that's sits flush with the MacBook Pro, you can get up to 128gb. Make sure you pick the MacBook you have. Link below. I have one of these. Not the fastest drive to write to but has good read speeds. I just store pictures, music and films on it. Things that's just stay on my Mac at all times

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 128 GB Storage Expansion Card

u/dbtc · 1 pointr/applehelp

I purchased this RAM on amazon for my 15" non-retina macbook pro. Works perfectly!

u/KalenXI · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I believe on the older Macs target disk mode only works over firewire. So you'd need a firewire adapter for the new Mac if you want to connect it that way. Really the easiest way is to just get a SATA to USB adapter. But if you don't want to do that and the old Mac is working except for the screen/keyboard you could just plug in an external display and keyboard and network them together.

If you want something without an external case you could just get a cable like this:

u/UltraSPARC · 1 pointr/applehelp

Hey thanks for the response!

OEM Keyboard
Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD
No name battery - couldn't find OEM on Amazon...

I'm installing 10.9.1 and running updates to get to 10.9.5

I'm going to try and re-download the installer on a good mac, put it on another USB (different from what i used before), format, and retry. What I did find: Even though CPU levels are high with kernel_task, it doesn't make any heat. I have a sneaking suspicion it's the battery. Can you recommend a source for OEM batteries?

u/BarefootBonanza · 1 pointr/applehelp

I think the mid-2010 was one of the last models that it was possible to replace the insides. Price is currently about $182



SATA cable-

Crucial has a good compatibility page that shows what works in that year computer but only for their products. Its nice to compare what you will be getting and what definitely works just to make sure. But, I've had no problems with any of the things above

u/jaded76 · 1 pointr/applehelp

I just did this today. SuperDrive is now in an external case, 1TB HDD is in the optical bay. I did not use the OWC kit, as it was way more expensive.

Here's what I used:

For the external drive:

For the optical bay:

All for less than $25. OWC is $29 for just the optical bay caddy. Both worked like a charm.

u/smokie249 · 1 pointr/applehelp

Thank you for your suggestions. As for the second part, do I need to find a specific iteration of SATA connection? Or would something like this connect to the drive?

u/inglorioustoast · 1 pointr/applehelp

What do you exactly mean by speeding up? Overall performance, or something else?

For performance, get a solid state drive (SSD). It will reduce boot time to mere seconds, and make your applications run smooth / open quickly.

I upgraded my 17 inch late 2010 MacBook Pro with a Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD and I replaced my superdrive with a HDD caddy and a 1TB 2.5" drive. Boots faster than the macbook air we have, and has a crapton of space. Hope this helps

u/apple9321 · 1 pointr/applehelp

Totally agree with /u/fcewen00's advice to replace it with an SSD to get your Mac up and running again.

To clarify the data recovery portion, just because it won't boot doesn't mean that all data is lost.

First of all, a clicking drive can potentially do more physical damage to the data on the drive if you try to read from it. So, if the data is really important to you, the best bet is to send it off to Drive Savers right away. They will disassemble the drive, and get as much data off as possible. However, this is usually a last-resort due to the price tag.

If you want to give it a shot yourself, you could attach the removed drive to a working Mac or Linux box with a USB/SATA cable (like this one), and attempt to browse and copy files. Note: if you attach it to a Mac, it may take a very long time to mount (give it at least 15 minutes).

If that's not working, you could try a free tool called ddrescue to attempt to create an image of the bad drive. A while ago, I wrote up a quick tutorial on the commands necessary. Note: for this, you will need at least as much free space on the host drive as the capacity of the failing drive (meaning you likely won't be able to run it on your shiny new ssd Mac).

u/d0gg75 · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I have been using one of these in my MBPr 13" and 15" for a couple years and they are great!

Sits near flush with your MacBook. So you never need to take it out.

u/tbone338 · 1 pointr/applehelp

If you are meaning to turn the internal SSD from your broken MacBook into an external SSD (kind of like a flash drive), you can simply buy an external SSD enclosure like this. Then you put the SSD in it, and done. This will allow you to boot off of the SSD (since it still does have your entire Mac operating system on it) or format it and use it as a super fast flash drive.

u/TMWNN · 1 pointr/applehelp

? On the US store I see

u/ep1center · 3 pointsr/applehelp

I use this with my Mac mini and it works great. You would need a usb-c adapter

u/jonny- · 1 pointr/applehelp

2GB is the minimum for Yosemite. RAM would help.

I would upgrade the RAM and swap the drive for an SSD.

Personally, I'd start with the SSD. The Crucial MX100 is going for $67 for 128gb on amazon. With the current usage, that would be plenty. If you want to match the current size, it's only $105 for 256gb.

u/dangoodspeed · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I just did this the other day with my 2009 Mac Mini. It was more needed in my case as the internal hard drive was going bad and was often really slow. I did the disk speed test before and after, and with the SSD, I was averaging speeds about 19x faster (yep, that's 1900% faster) . My boot time dropped from about 10 minutes to about 20 seconds. To open and play a movie, it now takes about a second where it used to take at least a minute. The installation was a pain, at least with the 2009 Mini, that required lots of prying and plastic-bending, and tiny parts and such. I also did a clean install of 10.6 and migrated the OS rather than cloning the drive, as there was good possibility of corrupt files and such. All-in-all, worth it. Oh, btw, I put the Crucial M4 in the Mac Mini, which I took out of my MacBook Pro, which I replaced with a Crucial M500. The M500 seems to run about 25-50% faster than the M4, it also runs cooler, and I seem to get a bit more battery life out of it. Only had it for a few days, but I really like it.

u/MalfeasantMarmot · 3 pointsr/applehelp

First of all stop using it and shut the computer down. If the drive is on the verge of failing, which it sounds like it is, you don't want to push it over the edge.

Remove the drive from the computer following this guide, put that drive into one of these and connect it to another computer. You can then pull off all of the photos, etc.

While you still have the mac open, put one of these in it. From there just install a fresh copy of Mac OS and you'll be back in action with a computer that will be noticeably faster. It's like night and day performance wise.

u/hiroo916 · 1 pointr/applehelp

Get one of these flush mount SD cards and add 128GB of storage. It's not super fast but it's good enough for the music and other media type stuff. Only about $74.

Retina 13" version

Air 13" version

u/JordanTheBrobot · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Fixed your link

I hope I didn't jump the gun, but you got your link syntax backward! Don't worry bro, I fixed it, have an upvote!

u/Quevin · 1 pointr/applehelp

I have a Macbook Pro 13" 2009, and adding "Crucial m4 512GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT512M4SSD2" made it SO much faster. Boots in seconds. Read/write is very fast. Gave me another year of good use so far. Just waiting to upgrade after Apple announces some new products by October...

u/teddyteddyteddy · 1 pointr/applehelp

Im still hesitant to pull the trigger and buy, just dont want to over pay and get the right one. I found two but one says "notebook memory" but this one only says "Mac" which I think is what I need. Is this the right one? Thanks

u/Plastonick · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I'm not 100% sure, but can't you just get a temporary SATA - USB cable?

Like this

u/PcGuy5239 · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I would agree with you that it sounds like a hardware issue with your aux port. You could always try resetting the smc for the hell of it but if that doesnt work I would maybe recommend buying usb headphones or just a usb to aux adapter as a temporary fix

u/5HT-2a · 1 pointr/applehelp

> I'm not really considering any of their newer retina branding because of how locked down their hardware is.

You and me both! Viva la DIY!

The trouble is, the 2012 MacBook Pros are a pretty poor value right now, having the two year old specs and pricing.

Here's what I recommend... Get a refurbished 2011 MacBook Pro at a massive discount, upgrade its RAM to 16 GB, and upgrade the hard drive to an SSD... The result will be cheaper and significantly better performing than a 2012.

u/tekrevue · 3 pointsr/applehelp

Well you can't upgrade your GPU so don't worry about that factor. As for RAM and SSD, both will definitely provide a boost in responsiveness, but that assumes everything else is operating normally. Your comments about the MacBook's recent laggy performance may indicate an issue.

As per /u/Sir_not_sir's suggestion, remove the bottom case and check for dust buildup on the fans. Here are iFixit instructions on doing that. But be careful if you're using canned air. You can use it to blow dust out of the area surrounding the fan, but don't use it in such a way that the air stream turns the fan bades, as that can damage the fans.

Another factor is that your model of MacBook Pro is widely reported as suffering from GPU failures, with lots of owners seeing issues. I have the same model, and was working for Apple at the time of purchase. We saw several models come in for repair for various issues early on, and noticed with all of them that they had way too much thermal paste on the CPU and GPU. My coworkers and I who had purchased the 2011 models all spent a night removing the logic boards, cleaning, and then reapplying the correct amount of paste. None of us have had the issues reported recently [knock on wood]. So that might be one area to look into, although don't do it if you're not comfortable with computer repair; see if you can find a local service provider (Apple itself won't do it for you).

As for the upgrades, you don't want to buy something and discover that your problems were due to an unrelated hardware failure. So what you may want to try is to find a retailer that accepts returns on the SSD and RAM (most companies will charge a restocking fee on opened items, somewhere around 15 percent, but call ahead to companies like Other World Computing, explain the situation, and ask if they can make an exception on their return policy). That way you can try to upgrade and see if things improve. If not, you're not stuck with expensive components, as you won't be able to use either the RAM or SSD if you end up buying a new MacBook Pro.

I have a 512GB Samsung 840 EVO and 16GB of OWC RAM in my 2011 MBP, and it still runs like a champ for just about everything other than intensive video encoding/rendering. If you can sort out the performance and heat issue, yours should have no problem getting you through the rest of school.

u/mr_kitty · 1 pointr/applehelp

To be honest, I just use a usb sound card and then a normal PC headset.

I have two of these sound cards (one at work, one at home) they work without drivers and are recognized by the System Preferences:Sound

Another option would be the Griffin iMic which has more features (line in from pro mics as well as consumer mics)

I don't think it is the styple you want, but I prefer a one-ear headset/mic for Skype. I use the basic panasonic design with a 2.5mm to split 3.5mm adapter.

u/fbthpg · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Woah buddy.

Or you could spend:
$11.08 + $174.99

... Just saved you $100.

u/nitrojuga · 1 pointr/applehelp

The 13 inch Mid 2010 model will accept and use 16GB according to Mactracker. The 15 and 17 inch models do not.

That site you linked to is a ripoff, too. Here's a 16GB upgrade for half the price.

u/kramer314 · 2 pointsr/applehelp

Get a USB-SATA adapter like, hook it up to a computer, and wipe the drive from there.

u/xLongDickStyle · 2 pointsr/applehelp

You can remove the hardrive and get something like this. Connect it to your Macbook and it transfer the data.

u/rglassey · 1 pointr/applehelp

First off, ignore any included software that comes with a drive. Always always always. Invariably this is written for PC, is even then highly proprietary (read duff), and the tools that come with a Mac are more than good enough.

Maybe I missed it, but have you not tried installing the SSD directly in A? This would get past the problem of the enclosure not working. You should then be able to boot off the USB, and use Disk Utility to format the SSD for OS X. If Disk Utility doesn't see it (which I now see your third bullet covers) then it looks very much like a duff SSD.

Rather than banging your head off a wall, you first of all need to verify the SSD is good. Maybe get one of those SATA to USB interfaces that are a few bucks that let you run a notebook sized drive externally, yet naked, so no enclosure. They're pretty cheap and a spare one is always handy to have, and with SSDs there isn't really even any point in an enclosure as they're normally in one. But from what you've said, you've tried the enclosure and directly inside A, so I'd reckon it's just dead.

u/ottermann · 2 pointsr/applehelp

The SATA connection is standard on most drives these days. (some manufaturers, Apple....I'm looking at you....have proprietary connections)
The Connections on your drive are standard. I use a SATA drive docking station on my desk at work for data transfers, but if you're only looking to copy the data off the drive, a SATA to USB cable would be fine. This is the one that's in my tool bag for when I go on site.

u/floydiandroid · 1 pointr/applehelp

Without an enclosure or an external connection you're really going to be limited.

Just get one of these and you can use a trial of something like Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the drive.

If you don't want to spend $10 on the converter and if you have your Office suite installation media (or have a way to get it) then you can just pop the new drive into your computer and press CMD+R at boot time (if you have 10.9 and up) to boot to internet recovery and re-install the OS from scratch.

u/buterbr0d · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I think it might be the caddy, too. It should've worked because I've done it on my 2011 (sata 2 in optibay) and several 2012s (sata 3 in optibay). Can you link the optibay you got? For reference, I've used this one here on 2011+2012 units with no issues.

You're using the original cable to connect the optibay to the logic board, correct? Just wondering in case the optibay mfg threw in their own cable.

u/Paradjinn · 1 pointr/applehelp

If you are planning to replace the HDD with a SSD maybe next thing is a nice option :

So you can put the hybrid HD in place of the superdrive (which most people hardly use). That way you have cheap extra storage.

I don't have experience with replacing it. Maybe others know how difficult this will be.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 5 pointsr/applehelp

Here are some links for the product in the above comment for different countries:

Link: this

u/ThatGuyOverYonder · 1 pointr/applehelp

I've been looking around and found the following:

Optical bay enclosure:

SSD option 1

SSD option 2

Would these SSDs work?

u/midgetmakes3 · 2 pointsr/applehelp

If you have another computer you can make an El Cap USB installer and reinstall it from there.


To get your data you can get a SATA-USB external adapter, pull the drive out of the Macbook, and copy your data to another computer.





Same thing but a full enclosure:



u/rauz · 3 pointsr/applehelp

That's a SATA drive so you need a USB to SATA cable. Something like this.

u/CanadianLog · 2 pointsr/applehelp

I would just reccomend taking out the DVD drive and using this adapter to put a second drive in. Also get an SSD and use the 750GB hard drive as storage. I personally have an Mid 09 MBP with a 120GB SSD and a 700GB HD as my DVD drive.

u/Source-IWorkForApple · 1 pointr/applehelp

You can take out the hard drive and plug it into another machine using one of these.

What happens if you hold "option" while booting?

u/SuperKamarameha · 1 pointr/applehelp

Thanks for the reply. I think it was good quality RAM just based on customer reviews when I purchased it in September 2013 (Crucial 16GB Kit No problems until earlier this year after about 5 years of use, and the only problem was the pixellation stuff—no speed issues.

u/guiltydoggy · 2 pointsr/applehelp

There's no real straight forward way I can think of to do this without an enclosure or a USB to SATA adapter.

If you don't care about retaining your personal files or settings, why don't you just create a bootable USB OS X installer to install OS X on the SSD once it's put in the Mac Mini? Then reinstall Office from the install disk or downloaded installer (assuming you still have the license key).

u/Nowayjosealdo · 1 pointr/applehelp

It's your hard drive failing. Have it replaced with an ssd and have your data imported in from the drive going bad. I see and do this everyday. Stop messing with it before it fails completely.

Edit: It's actually easy to handle this problem with a 10 dollar part. If you are interested, let me know and I will help you.

u/Victor1CC1 · 2 pointsr/applehelp

That is a lot of money for a optical drive D: I don't have much experience with ebay but I know that ifixit has multiple guides on youtube and their website. An alternative would be buying a data doubler and maybe buying a hard-drive to put in. At least then you would have functionality back instead of a broken optical drive. Then maybe buying an external disk drive? This is the route that most people do with their Macbook Pro's, but instead of a hard-drive, they use SSD's. 10$ for the data doubler and maybe 50$ for a external disk-drive?