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    16GB RAM for Mid 2012 13" MBP
    Whereas Apple states I may install up to 8GB in my laptop, Crucial website offers 16GB kit for this model. Are there any downsides to upgrading to 16GB?

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    As long as you use memory from a reputable source, you should be OK.

    I just ordered a 15" and I already have the 16GB kit from OWC that I plan to install in it when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HickoryC View Post
    Are there any downsides to upgrading to 16GB?
    Just more $$$...which really isn't all that bad!

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    8gb should be sufficient, if you want to run the mbp at blazing speed upgrade HD to ssd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    f you want to run the mbp at blazing speed upgrade HD to ssd.
    Meh.....I did this, don't see much difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anynamewilldo View Post
    Meh.....I did this, don't see much difference.
    did you do clean install osx on ssd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    did you do clean install osx on ssd?
    No, but my install is fairly clean, having been built up fairly recently. I'm waiting for my new machine with Mtn Lion to arrive (Mon or Tues) before going through the clean install process again. Maybe I'll see a difference then, but I'm kind of doubting it.

    FWIW, my most recent "clean install" process: 8 March 2012.
    Baseline Info
    Started with OS X "Lion" base install with developer tools (admin, no password).
    Adjust certain preferences and options from the admin account.
    Install Server Admin Tools
    Install iLife 2009 (Apple)
    Install iWork 2009 (Apple)
    Use Software Update as necessary to apply all available patches and updates, until none available (about 2.25GB!!).
    Add directory /dbrivers and the driver for PostgreSQL

    Built/Installed UNIX-based software:
    See "UNIX_Stack_Build" document for complete details.

    Installed Development Tools:
    DBVisualizer (database access tool)
    Wavemaker (web application environment)
    Netbeans IDE (complete version), with JUnit

    Installed Drivers & Utilities:
    GPG Tools (encryption tools)
    HP Design Jet Plotter Driver
    X-Assist (user interface tool)
    Super Duper! (hard drive clone utility)
    Perian (sound/movie file "can opener")
    CyberDuck (FTP application)
    Coconut Battery (laptop battery diagnostic)
    Carbon Copy Cloner (hard drive clone utility)
    Flash Player (web graphics/movie utility)
    Flip4Mac (web graphics/movie utility)
    Onyx (system file cleanup utility)
    The Unarchiver (file archive utility)

    Installed Productivity Applications:
    Open Project (MS-project alternative)
    Open Office (MS Office alternative)
    Libre Office (MS Office alternative)
    Inkscape (Adobe Illustrator alternative)
    Firefox (Apple Safari alternative)
    VLC (sound file application)
    Text Wrangler (programmer's text editor - free)
    Skype (voip)
    MS Office 2011
    Adobe Creative Suite 5
    Omnigraffle Pro
    BB Edit
    Sound Studio

    Installed Windows-Related Things:
    VirtualBox w/extension pack (Windows hosting solution)
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Client (RDC)

    Additional Tasks
    Established a local database connection in DB Visualizer - verified it works.

    Using configure, make, make install:
    zlib v.1.2.6
    libiconv 1.14
    libpng 1.5.9
    libjpeg 8d
    freetype 2.4.8
    bzip2 1.0.6
    pcre 8.3.0
    BERKELEY DB (5.3.14) [../dist/configure -prefix=/usr/local/berkeley_db -enable-cxx --enable-java]

    Using simple directory copy
    Image Magick 6.7.5 (pre-compiled binary, simply copies into directory)
    Tomcat 7.0.26 (simply copies into directory). Set up tomcat-users.xml and deleted unnecessary files.

    Using built packages with installers
    PostgreSQL 9.1.3 from Enterprise DB (Download PostgreSQL | EnterpriseDB)
    /usr/local/pg913
    port 6543
    PostgreSQL will automatically launch at restart

    More Customized Builds
    APACHE (2.4.1)
    ./configure --enable-most --enable-auth-dbm --enable-cern-meta --enable-dav --enable-dav-fs --enable-dav-lock --enable-expires --enable-headers --enable-info --enable-mime-magic --enable-isapi --enable-proxy --enable-proxy-ajp --enable-proxy-balancer --enable-proxy-connect --enable-proxy-ftp --enable-proxy-http --enable-rewrite --enable-so --enable-speling --enable-ssl --enable-unique-id --enable-usertrack --enable-vhost-alias

    PHP (5.4.0)
    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/php540 --with-apxs2=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs --with-pgsql=/usr/local/postgres --without-iconv --with-zlib-dir=/usr/local --with-zlib --with-freetype-dir=/usr/local --with-ldap=/usr --with-iodbc=/usr --with-curl=/usr --with-openssl --with-gd --enable-cli --enable-exif --enable-ftp --enable-mbstring --enable-mbregex --enable-sockets --enable-wddx --enable-zip

    After "make install", I edited the Apache httpd.conf file to AddType for .php files and confirmed that phpinfo(); performs as expected. I did NOT test database connections with PHP, but I have no reason to expect it will not work.

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    one single carbon copy clone will do to get the internal HD to external SSD, then switch the drives and
    install the osx to the ssd, this should be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Just more $$$...which really isn't all that bad!

    - Nick
    Thanks. Read somewhere that a partition using Boot Camp gobbles up memory, but 8GB may be enough. I now have 4GB. An 8GB kit from Crucial is a lot less than a 16.

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    I notice a huge difference running Windows under VirtualBox with 8GB compared with 4GB.

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    Pretty much decided to go with 8GB and partition.

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