If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to extend the life of your MacBook. When I bought my MacBook Pro
it was the latest model, and worked phenomenally. However, after a few short months of shooting photos, videos, and downloading movies and tv shows, my hard drive was filling up, and my computer was bogging down. So, I made 2 quick purchases and my MacBook Pro
is running better than new!
1. Add RAM (Random Access Memory)
I won't get into exactly what RAM does, but a very short answer is it allows information to be accessed more quickly. When I bought my computer it has 4GB (2x2GB) of RAM. To upgrade through Apple was going to cost $100. So, I went to one of my favorite sites, Newegg.com
and found 8GB (2x4GB) for a total of $39.99. If I were doing it today, I'd go for the 16GB (2x8GB) which would probably run in the neighborhood of $60-$70 if you find a good sale. Regardless, this is doubling or quadrupling your computers ability to process data. Once your RAM arrives, here's a quick video to show you how to swap it out. IT'S REALLY EASY!
2. Upgrade Your Hard Drive
Once again, when I bought my MacBook Pro, I thought I had more than enough hard drive space. The model I bought came with a 320GB hard drive and I'd never stored near that much on a computer before. However, with the size of videos, images, and thing other things I was downloading I was nearing capacity and my computer was bogging down.
Once again, I went to my trusty friend Newegg.com and found this 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Hard Drive
for $75! This over doubled my capacity and actually was a 7200 rpm vs. 5400 rpm so it was faster overall. NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT
, make sure you backup your computer with Time Machine
before you swap out your hard drive. Once I had a backup copy on my external hard drive
, you should do this anyway, I simply swapped out drives, loaded from Time Machine, and was better than new!
By doing these 2 simple upgrades, my computer runs better than new, and instead of spending over $1100 again, I'm in for a total of about $105. Not too shabby if you ask me! If you have any questions feel free to email me.