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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
    I just bought a used 2015 Macbook pro from the college campus (teachers turn in their computers, they're wiped and then sold for super cheap...seems like a good deal) OF COURSE....there's always something, and this computer is SLOWER than my 2010. Then I remembered I updated that computer with an SSD. I assume it such an update would drastically improve the performance of this machine.

    When looking about, I found one site that mentioned post 2012 macbook pro, the hard drive was soddered in and not possible to remove. I've heard differently from others. The image below is "about" my macbook Pro. anyone have any knowledge or better specific experience? would love to hear...
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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
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    Your title says 2015 and the About says 2012, and obviously that is more right than your title.

    First, how do you know you have a HDD? There are both Retina and non-Retina 2012 MBPs. The former came with SSDs, the latter might not have. In the About This Mac dialog, click on System Report and under Hardware, click on Storage and show us what it shows and we can go from there.
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    While I'm at it, I'm also thinking about the battery...the below screen shot is battery info.

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: 9G8491YSHD3MF
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device Name: bq20z451
    Pack Lot Code: 0
    PCB Lot Code: 0
    Firmware Version: 201
    Hardware Revision: 2
    Cell Revision: 158
    Charge Information:
    Charge Remaining (mAh): 5654
    Fully Charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 5820
    Health Information:
    Cycle Count: 122
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 12425

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Wake on AC Change: No
    Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake on LAN: Yes
    AutoPowerOff Delay: 14400
    AutoPowerOff Enabled: 1
    Current Power Source: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Hibernate Mode: 3
    High Standby Delay: 4200
    PrioritizeNetworkReachabilityOverSleep: 0
    Standby Battery Threshold: 50
    Standby Delay: 4200
    Standby Enabled: 0
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Wake on AC Change: No
    Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes
    AutoPowerOff Delay: 14400
    AutoPowerOff Enabled: 1
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Hibernate Mode: 3
    High Standby Delay: 4200
    Reduce Brightness: Yes
    Standby Battery Threshold: 50
    Standby Delay: 4200
    Standby Enabled: 0

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    ID: 0x0100
    Wattage (W): 60
    Revision: 0x0000
    Family: 0x0085
    Serial Number: 0x00d12528
    Charging: No

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    MBAmtloin
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    Do you have a pentalobe screw driver?
    I would pop the back cover off to see what can be upgraded, ifixit has great tutorials on how to fix Mac books


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    looks like this: Device Name: APPLE HDD ST500LM012

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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
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    If your MacBook Pro currently has a "spinner" HD in it...yes...it can be upgraded to an SSD.

    As far as the battery...the info posted indicates that the battery has 122 cycles on it...which is pretty low. But at the same time the battery is 7-8 years old (if it's the original battery)...and sometimes age can be bad for a battery as well.

    It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to open things up...and inspect the battery for any visible issues or bulging. If all looks good...and the MacBook Pro works fine when on battery power...then the battery is probably ok.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Does "rotational" mean "spinner"?

    Free: 26.02 GB (26,023,333,888 bytes)
    Capacity: 499.76 GB (499,763,888,128 bytes)
    Mount Point: /
    File System: APFS
    Writable: No
    Ignore Ownership: No
    BSD Name: disk1s5
    Volume UUID: 03D5014C-3EC1-4C5A-AC60-41E1023F390C
    Physical Drive:
    Device Name: APPLE HDD ST500LM012
    Media Name: AppleAPFSMedia
    Medium Type: Rotational
    Protocol: SATA
    Internal: Yes
    Partition Map Type: Unknown
    S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified

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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
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    Your MacBook Pro, looks like a 2012 model year. You will be able to replace the hard drive-in probably the ram, if needed. See here, Mac Laptop Repair - iFixit and find your specific model and year. They have great repair guides.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
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    Quote Originally Posted by pothypine View Post
    Does "rotational" mean "spinner"?
    Yes. SSD's have no moving parts.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Can I update 2015 HDD to SSD
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    The hard drive seems to be a 5400rpm hard drive that is slow as get out. You need to pop in an SSD. Also having only 26GB free space will slow it down enormously. If the 570+GB is all your installs on the hard drive, you need a 1TB SSD. You will need an operating system on a thumb drive or be able to use Recovery after you pop the SSD in. Whenever you get a used computer always erase and format the drive.

    Memory is soldered in, the hard is is not and is replaceable.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Harry,

    Thanks. The computer was erased and formatted before I received it by the college campus. It behaved like a new computer. Problem is I have already put a few apps on the computer (Office, Lightroom...etc.) If I put in a new SSD, can I back-up or Recover using the old HDD and Time Machine to put everything, i.e. all the programs on the new drive? Essentially, to make it a clone without dealing with key codes and re-loading all those programs?

    Some other questions I have after watching a few videos:

    1) Is the Samsung 860 EVO my best option?

    2) Ripjaws for RAM? 16GB 1600 DDR3L?

    thanks!

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    anyone other than Harry have any thoughts about the above questions?

    1) Time Machine Recovery, for all the apps and purchase programs

    2) SSD Choice?

    3) RAM?

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    See Post #16 - some strange editing issue - cannot explain? Dave
    Last edited by RadDave; 02-14-2020 at 12:25 AM.
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    MBAmtloin
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    using the migration app can import selected programs from a time machine hd.
    my last upgrade i only imported CS4.

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    Hi RadDave,

    was there more to your post? Seems cut off...

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