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the_nik 09-18-2013 04:41 PM

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,


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

pigoo3 09-18-2013 05:02 PM

Go to this website:


They have everything you need.

- Nick

harryb2448 09-18-2013 05:44 PM

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.

the_nik 09-20-2013 06:19 AM

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
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

harryb2448 09-20-2013 05:39 PM

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.

chscag 09-20-2013 07:34 PM


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.

the_nik 09-21-2013 07:40 AM

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

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