New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook - Planning to upgrade in the future


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
GK27V6

 
GK27V6's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 20, 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 164
GK27V6 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: white MacBook - 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB HD iPhone Specs: white 3GS - 32GB

GK27V6 is offline
I've recently purchased a refurb'd MacBook a couple weeks ago. It has 1GB of RAM and a 120GB HD. At the moment this is more than enough for me as a seventeen year-old so I don't do anything on my Mac that requires more than a gig of RAM. However in the future when I enter university that may not be the case, and for that I have noobish questions, sorry.

First one: I know that MacBooks' RAM can be upgraded to 4GB, but I have the 2.16GHz model, which as most of us know here is not the most recent model. So does that one have a worse RAM limitation, i.e. I believe I read somewhere it is 2GB?

Second: If I plan on upgrading the hard drive, can I take the 250GB HD from the black MacBook and slap it into mine? Or, in that case, any other 2.5" HD I find at the local store?
In addition to the hard drive question, I'd transfer all of my data from my Macintosh HD partition (i.e. I won't transfer my Windows partion*) to the new one. Is it possible to copy all of my data from my current drive to the new one, then insert the new drive and then it will boot up? Or would I have to reinstall Leopard and then migrate all the data?

*I'd make a fresh, larger partition for Windows once the new HD is installed
QUOTE Thanks
mrplow

 
mrplow's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 01, 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 6,709
mrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond reputemrplow has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.9, iPhone5s, iPad Air, AppleTV2

mrplow is offline
I think I'm right in saying that the 2.16ghz Macbook has a physical 4gb limit but will only use a max of 3gb - happy to be corrected

Any 2.5" 9mm high SATA HDD drive will fit.

If you have a 2.5" SATA enclosure or a USB to SATA adaptor you can use something like Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your existing disc. Swap the drives over and the Mac will boot. You can even boot from the external drive first to be sure the clone has worked OK.

I have a 2.16 MB that I've upgraded to 2gb RAM and a 250GB HDD

External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - top right of this post
QUOTE Thanks
CrimsonRequiem

 
CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posts: 6,006
CrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to allCrimsonRequiem is a name known to all
Mac Specs: MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB

CrimsonRequiem is offline
Go to crucial and download the scanner. It will tell you how much RAM your model can handle.
QUOTE Thanks
walkerj

 
walkerj's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 13, 2005
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Posts: 1,186
walkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nice
Mac Specs: 13" Macbook Pro 2.26Ghz Unibody 4G RAM 160G HDD Superdrive

walkerj is offline
Okay, I just did a check on the results of what putting mismatched pairs or 2x2gig modules into a second generation Macbook that is only "supposed to" address 2 gig, but if you put in 2x2 gig modules in it'll address three gig, and you're better off by having that much more RAM. This is relevant to my interests because I just bought a 4 gig RAM kit for my Macbook intending to do just that.

However, it would appear that I would be best served by taking the two 1 gig modules I upgraded my Macbook with to 2 gig by way of 2x1 gig modules, and putting in a 2 gig module in one bank, and one of my 1 gig modules in the other, rendering 3 gig for my Macbook. I can then take my wife's Macbook which still has the 1 gig it came with (by way of 2x512MB modules in their respective banks) and replacing them with the same configuration, i.e. I'll have another 2 gig module from my 4 gig kit, and a spare 1 gig module from my previously upgraded Macbook; both Macbooks are the same 'vintage' of being second generation Core2duo 2.0GHz Macbooks (albeit one white, one black.) It would appear that installing "mismatched" RAM in a Macbook does not result in as much of a performance hit as some might think and the benefits outweigh any possible detriment by virtue of the sheer amount of RAM which benefits Mac OS X quite nicely.

So I'll end up with two Macbooks with 3 gig of RAM in each. Sounds like a pretty 'win' situation (that's 'win' as in "this thread is full of 'win'" as opposed to "this thread is full of 'fail' "considering that both will address 3 gig of RAM, there will be no wasted memory, and the best I can do with the hardware I have. I'll find out once I get home (I'm on the road right now posting from a hotel wifi) and install the modules. Should be interesting. Here's hoping for no kernel panics!
QUOTE Thanks
walkerj

 
walkerj's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 13, 2005
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Posts: 1,186
walkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nice
Mac Specs: 13" Macbook Pro 2.26Ghz Unibody 4G RAM 160G HDD Superdrive

walkerj is offline
Okay, I'm home with two 2 gig RAM modules waiting for me from Newegg. "Patriot" memory. I now am the proud owner of a second generation Macbook Core2duo that has three gig of RAM, and my wife is the proud owner of a second generation Macbook of the same vintage (if black instead of white) with three gig of RAM. Popped them right in biggest problem being finding a screwdriver small enough to handle those danged tiny screws in the battery compartment.

All is well, and we'll see if there are any significant performance gains with Photoshop, UT2004, etc. I suppose all that's left is a bigger internal HDD. I think I can get along with the 160gig internal I upgraded, the 80gig that came with it in a USB enclosure, and the 250gig external in the firewire enclosure.
QUOTE Thanks
Drama

 
Member Since: Dec 05, 2007
Posts: 42
Drama is on a distinguished road

Drama is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by walkerj View Post
Okay, I'm home with two 2 gig RAM modules waiting for me from Newegg. "Patriot" memory. I now am the proud owner of a second generation Macbook Core2duo that has three gig of RAM, and my wife is the proud owner of a second generation Macbook of the same vintage (if black instead of white) with three gig of RAM. Popped them right in biggest problem being finding a screwdriver small enough to handle those danged tiny screws in the battery compartment.

All is well, and we'll see if there are any significant performance gains with Photoshop, UT2004, etc. I suppose all that's left is a bigger internal HDD. I think I can get along with the 160gig internal I upgraded, the 80gig that came with it in a USB enclosure, and the 250gig external in the firewire enclosure.
you need to put two of the same modules in you should not put one two gig and a one gig as this is unstable according to apple and crucial.
QUOTE Thanks
walkerj

 
walkerj's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 13, 2005
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Posts: 1,186
walkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nicewalkerj is just really nice
Mac Specs: 13" Macbook Pro 2.26Ghz Unibody 4G RAM 160G HDD Superdrive

walkerj is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drama View Post
you need to put two of the same modules in you should not put one two gig and a one gig as this is unstable according to apple and crucial.
Wrong. It just means I can't use the "dual channel" performance feature that twin modules provides. Otherwise, the extra RAM provides far more performance boost than anything dual channel would provide. For a machine that can only address 3.3 gig even if I put in matched pairs of 2 gig modules, this is the best I can do, and so far it has been quite stable and speedy.

Tests are out there that indicate that not only is it stable, but far superior to only having 2 gig of RAM over the three.

Apple and Crucial can say all they want about what memory configurations serve their needs based on both sales and support; doesn't mean that they are true statements. Meanwhile I'm enjoying my 3 gig of RAM. No kernel panics yet, and I've been firing up Photoshop CS3, Bridge, Parallels VM, the whole works and no problems.

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Good Cover? | Increases RAM From Another iBook »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
hard disk upgrade path unsupported by Apple locopado Apple Notebooks 20 05-04-2010 10:41 AM
Upgrade from os x 10.3.9 samantha.k OS X - Operating System 5 06-16-2008 04:07 PM
running vista upgrade melts Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 0 03-11-2008 08:18 AM
MBP won't boot after upgrade to Leopard + ways to backup data buzzyhaha OS X - Operating System 3 12-21-2007 03:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?