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  1. #1
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    Upgrade advice for MacBook Pro
    Sirs,

    I have recently retired and have decided to put some juice into my mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13", could you please advise as to the best SSD Hard Drive upgrade and Maximum RAM upgrade please?

    Many thanks,

    Al

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    Your Mid MacBook Pro 2012 13" model can accept up to 16 GB of memory:

    Maximum Memory 16 GB (Actual) 8 GB (Apple)
    Memory Slots 2 - 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM


    As for a SSD upgrade, we recommend the SSDs sold by Mac Sales (OWC)
    They also sell the memory for your MBP.

    www.macsales.com

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    Just wanted to mention…DON'T put any "juice" into your MacBook Pro!!! Liquid spills with Apple laptops is all too common (sad stories here all the time)!

    - Nick

    p.s. Just kidding. I know what you mean. The phrase "juice & MacBook Pro" puts shivers down my spine!
    - 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
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    Thanks for the tips, but I'm in the UK, so macsales are out unfortunately.
    Just give me what I want and nobody gets hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozalid View Post
    Thanks for the tips, but I'm in the UK, so macsales are out unfortunately.
    Then go with Crucial UK.

    - 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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    so what is the best upgrade for the HDD looking at maybe 1Tb (also in the UK), I have upgraded the memory to 16Gb using crucial and it what a difference when using Lightroom

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    Not sure if you're considering SSD or not, but using an SSD in a MacBook Pro, using one with a regular drive is a frustrating affair. The speed bump is, insane. Far more than bumping ram for me. I did it on my previous MacBook Pro before I got the retina, (an OWC drive) and WOW.

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    In Australia I find OWC still the best and fasest way to purchase. They beat local Mac dealers hands down on prices and delivery within seven days.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    OK, so its going to be 300 ($430) to upgrade to 16Gb/1TB, I have watched lots of YouTube vids on how to do the hardware, a child could do it, what is bothering me is that I cant find a similar idiots guide to preparing the software/OS transfer.

    I use time machine to do regular backups to a portable hard drive, but I'm not clear at all about the procedure necessary transferring to SSD and would be grateful for any advice, as I always say, could you explain it to me as if I was 12 please.

    Kindest regards,
    Al
    Just give me what I want and nobody gets hurt.

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    These two links should be helpful for data transfer (from our friends at OWC and Apple):

    http://eshop.macsales.com/articles/h...to-a-new-drive
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204350

    To facilitate this process…the old HD (once removed) needs to be installed in an external hard drive case/housing & plugged into the computer containing the new SSD.

    By the way…are you saying that you're upgrading to 16gig of ram and a 1 terabyte SSD for 300 ($430)? If so…wow…the price of 1 terabyte SSD's have really come down! On top of this…prices in the UK are usually a good bit higher than here in the US. So $430 for these two upgrades seems pretty reasonable.

    - 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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    OWC is great. The Mercury extreme drive I got came fast and still works today. Excellent SSD drives.

    And, a 1TB SSD drive for how much?? It's been a while since I've looked, but last I remember it was over a grand Canadian dollars (which at the time was at parity with US)

    Edit: just looked. WOW have prices dropped on SSD!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groovetube View Post

    Edit: just looked.
    Me too (OWC).

    Quote Originally Posted by Groovetube View Post
    WOW have prices dropped on SSD!!
    They sure have. Even on larger SSD's (1 terabyte)…which used to command a big premium.

    - 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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    Just for your amusement, when I worked for Wang Laboratories (pioneers in computer science) around 25 years ago, I Gb of RAM would be around $100,000.
    Just give me what I want and nobody gets hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozalid View Post
    Just for your amusement, when I worked for Wang Laboratories (pioneers in computer science) around 25 years ago, I Gb of RAM would be around $100,000.
    Don't get us started…too many "old-timers" around here with these sort of stories!

    Yes…$100,000 for 1gig of ram around 1990 is pretty mind-boggling! 1gig of ram was almost unheard of in 1990…when the average Apple computer came with 1 meg of ram (and upgrades weren't cheap)!

    - 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozalid View Post
    OK, so its going to be 300 ($430) to upgrade to 16Gb/1TB,
    Al
    Not sure how much a hard drive would cost but I paid about 130 for 16gb ram from Crucial for my 15" MBP. The difference was startling. And then it died but no matter.
    Sue

    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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