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2 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your MacBook Pro

by Aaron on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:19 AM
MacBook Pro with Retina displayIf 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) 
MacBook Pro RAM UpgradeI 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, 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
MacBook Pro Hard Drive UpgradeOnce 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 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. 


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