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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory

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    MBP Upgrade HDD and memory
    MBP 13 Inch mid 2009
    Processor 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
    Serial Number W893396B66E
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63b) UPGRADE

    Hi all. im new to the site. i cant find any reliable info while searching the net. My MB is getting a bit sluggish and i am constantly battling a full hard drive. I am a sound engineer and i use the laptop for recording primarily (i use fairly heavy programs). I want to know what is the max memory i can put into my laptop and what memory specs should i be looking at to insure compatibility. I have included more info below in case it is needed. I also want to replace my hard dive with a 750 gig-1tb drive. For speed i understand i will need minimum 7200-spin speed. I can see there are drives with quicker spin speed. Can my MB utilise extra spin speed and is it advisable with a larger drive to decrease read time.

    Thanks in advance,

    Nick


    Model Name: Mac Book Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBook Pro 5,5
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03
    SMC Version (system): 1.47f2
    Serial Number (system): W893396B66E
    Hardware UUID: 277006C2-D506-5C68-93FB-6316D5F9DDFE

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory
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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
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    OWC

    They have everything you need.

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory
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    Your MBP will run 8GB of memory, 2 x 4GB. Your full hard drive is the main problem causing slowing up etc. Go at least 1TB drive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory

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    thank you. ill be upgradeing to 8gig of ram what hard drive is best suited to my system.

    1.0TB 2.5" HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 9.5mm Notebook Drive 32MB
    or
    1.0TB 2.5" HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7200RPM SATA 2.0 3Gb/s (1.5Gb/s backwards compatible) \

    would i be better getting a 750 gig with a higher spin speed of 1000

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory
    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Your MBP is 3GB/s so I would go for Option # 2. Assume you mean a 10,000rpm Raptor drive or similar? Have used several and to be honest have not noticed much difference over a 7200rpm drive. They are lot dearer also.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory
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    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    1.0TB 2.5" HGST Travelstar 7K1000 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 9.5mm Notebook Drive 32MB
    You need to go with this one as the other drive is too thick and will cause overheating. Only use a 9.5mm drive for best results.

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    MBP  Upgrade HDD and memory

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    thank you. ill go with the second opton as my MBP tends to overheat as is

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