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Old 17th May 2015, 20:07   #1621
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My 3 year old Mac Book Pro (model 8.1) is getting slower day by day. Like the posts above mentions, even I use a couple of IDE's at a time and I find my Mac to be very slow at responding! So I'm considering now to add some more RAM.

I'm looking at adding 16 GB (2 x 8 GB modules), but Apple's website says that my model supports a maximum of 8 GB (2 x 4 GB modules). After searching for some suggestions, I have seen that people have indeed upgraded to 16 GB. Could anyone here suggest me if I could use a 16 GB on my model? I would do the replacement myself as there are dozens of hot-to videos on it!

Please also suggest which RAM should I buy as there seems to be not many that are compatible with a Mac!

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Old 17th May 2015, 20:13   #1622
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Really good for my use. Never felt the need for RAM update after the SSD upgrade. Am using 4GB that came with the machine.

Have to change the battery of my 13" MBP mid 2009 model. Also would like to change the hard disk to SSD. Do you suggest any reliable dealer preferably in Gurgaon or in Delhi where I can get the job done on the spot? The Apple dealers may take at least a couple of days time to do this. Hence this question..
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In Delhi specifically Nehru Place you can contact F1. They are an apple authorised service provider and might have a branch n GGN also. I have found them to be proactive and reasonably fast in turnaround times. Google them for exact address, IIRC it is Bajaj Bhavan in NP and they are on the first floor.

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Have to change the battery of my 13" MBP mid 2009 model. Also would like to change the hard disk to SSD. Do you suggest any reliable dealer preferably in Gurgaon or in Delhi where I can get the job done on the spot? The Apple dealers may take at least a couple of days time to do this. Hence this question..
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My 3 year old Mac Book Pro (model 8.1) is getting slower day by day. Like the posts above mentions, even I use a couple of IDE's at a time and I find my Mac to be very slow at responding! So I'm considering now to add some more RAM.

I'm looking at adding 16 GB (2 x 8 GB modules), but Apple's website says that my model supports a maximum of 8 GB (2 x 4 GB modules). After searching for some suggestions, I have seen that people have indeed upgraded to 16 GB. Could anyone here suggest me if I could use a 16 GB on my model? I would do the replacement myself as there are dozens of hot-to videos on it!

Please also suggest which RAM should I buy as there seems to be not many that are compatible with a Mac!
Can you lookup your Macbook model no? It's usually like "MD314LL/A". Would need this info to lookup the chipset information. Also, more than the RAM (assuming you have 8 GB) swapping the hardisk for an SSD would give you better performance, unless you plan to run RAM hungry virtual machines.

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Have to change the battery of my 13" MBP mid 2009 model. Also would like to change the hard disk to SSD. Do you suggest any reliable dealer preferably in Gurgaon or in Delhi where I can get the job done on the spot? The Apple dealers may take at least a couple of days time to do this. Hence this question..
You can do it yourself, SSD swap is fairly straightforward. a youtube video on how it's done.
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Old 18th May 2015, 13:41   #1625
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I found this:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201300

My Model Identifier is MacBookPro8,1! I was not able to get what configuration my Mac has! Any ideas on where to find that piece of information?
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... My Model Identifier is MacBookPro8,1! I was not able to get what configuration my Mac has! Any ideas on where to find that piece of information?
"About This Mac" (first menu item under the top-left corner apple) will give you all the information.
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I successfully upgraded my RAM to 16 GB from 4 GB! My concern now is if 16 GB would heat my Mac to levels that were not seen with 4 GB.

So what do you guys normally do with the old RAM. I could preserve it and may be use it later on my old Lenovo T 410s when it chokes. What else could I do with it?

I did notice some improvement in the speed. It is very much to the relief!

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You can sell them off online or store it for future use in some other machine. But upgrading to SSD would give you much more benefit is what i feel. Combination of upgraded RAM and SSD would be just awesome.
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I decided to swap my old HDD for an SSD. I went for the Samsung EVO series 250 GB SSD drive. I will hopefully find some time this weekend to get it installed on my Mac. I already have some noticeable improvement in the responsiveness of my Mac and I hope that the addition of an SSD will make it even better.

Thanks for all your suggestion! I will now have a better performing Mac for a couple more years!

One question remains though is that what case should I get to use my current HDD as an external storage?

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... One question remains though is that what case should I get to use my current HDD as an external storage?
A SATA to USB3 case. The internal drive is SATA. USB3 will make it a future proof external drive.
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I guess I would first need to clone my HDD and I would be needing a SATA to USD cable. Once I have cloned it, I could then go and just replace the old HDD with the new SSD. I will look out for some cases that has a cable that can be used. Any thoughts anybody?
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One thing confuses me. I see most SSD people buy is of 256GB. But the HDD in MBP would be 500GB. Are we not losing 50% of storage here?
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I was able to successfully replace my old HDD with an SSD. I feel a punch when I open Lightroom 5 to edit some of my photos. I bought a two-in-one case with docking station for SATA drives. I used SuperDuper to first clone my HDD. Everything went smooth.

I did go for the 250 GB version, but I have a 500 GB HDD and I have been using this Mac Book Pro for the last 3 years and my HDD reached only 170 GB of data, so a 250 GB SSD seemed practical. Out of this 170 GB, the photos and videos constitute more than 100 GB of data, so if I move all this to the external HDD, my internal SSD with 250 GB should be more than enough for my needs!
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All depends on an individual's requirements as also on the availability & price of the SSDs in the local market. Taking a cue from 'Jaggu' I bought a 256GB SSD for just under 10K sometime in the first quarter of this year and then a few months down the line a 500GB for approximately 9K. Soon you will find people moving to 1TB SSDs as the price drops and availability eases up.

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Dear MacBook folks on the forum :

I'm using a 13" MacBook Pro & I'm having a lot of trouble with glare.

Any suggestions for good anti-glare screens ?

Cost is really not a concern, but effectiveness is !
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