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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Question Help me Improve my Aging Macbook! <Please>

Hello Everybody –

I have a 2008 Macbook Aluminum (non-pro), and I’m looking to extend it’s life and improve its ability to process my Nikon D800’s 40+MB pictures through Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5. I hope this can be accomplished by adding 8GB of RAM and adding my ever SSD.


I’ve added RAM before, but never done a hard drive. I’m hoping you guys can help me out with some questions:
  • I’ve done some research and it seems my macbook can handle 8GB of RAM ( Boot ROM Version:MB51.007D.B03 ), which RAM do you recommend? I see OWC offers a set for $55, anywhere better and/or cheaper?
  • The SSD thread has overwhelmed my feeble mind. Since my link speed is limited to 3GB/s am I confined to a SATA II SSD? It seems that SATA III Samsung 830 ($250 on Amazon) is highly recommended here but will this drive revert down to 3GB/s on my machine? Is that how it works? The Mercury 3 is 3GB/s SSD on OWC’s site for $240 which seems like it would be a good fit. My thought though is this, if the Samsung 830 will revert down to my machine’s fastest speed, wouldn’t I be better suited to buy in than the slower Mercury 3? As it will benefit me down the line if I end up upgrading to a new macbook?
  • To simplify: which ~250GB SSD do you recommend for me?
  • My plan now is to install a clean version of Lion and then let time machine copy over my data, would I be better suited to ghost my drive using carbon copy cloner?

    Next option:
  • • In your opinion will I be unhappy? Should I just suck it up and buy a new macbook pro?

A copy/paste of my specs are:

Processor Name:Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed:2 GHz
Number of Processors:1
Total Number of Cores:2
L2 Cache:3 MB
Memory:4 GB
Bus Speed:1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version:MB51.007D.B03

NVidia MCP79 AHCI:

Vendor:NVidia
Product:MCP79 AHCI
Link Speed:3 Gigabit
Negotiated Link Speed:1.5 Gigabit
Description:AHCI Version 1.20 Supported

Thanks for the help!

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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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I am on the same boat; however, buying a new computer is not something I can do right now. I'll just to do the upgrades for now and use this computer for another 2 years.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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You can use a SATA 6G SSD in a SATA 3G laptop, it will just revert to SATA 3G speeds.

I think that the Samsung 830 would be a great choice. Anandtech says that it's one of the best SSD controllers for use with OSX.

If you keep an eye out you can sometimes get pretty good deals on the 830s. I got my 256GB version for $189 with free shipping from a special deal on Newegg.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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I have a 2008 Macbook Aluminum (non-pro), and Iím looking to extend itís life and improve itís ability process my Nikon D800ís 40+MB pictures through Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5. I hope this can be accomplished by adding 8GB of RAM and add my ever SSD.
You would notice a huge difference with both of those upgrades and could squeeze a couple of more years out of it. BTW this is the MacBook Pro forum.
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.... BTW this is the MacBook Pro forum.
Doesn't matter, same style of computer.
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Doesn't matter, same style of computer.
Yeah, honestly it's much closer to the 13" MBP than it is to the old plastic Macbooks.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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Doesn't matter, same style of computer.
I was just pointing it out incase he thought he posted in the MacBook forum.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:13 PM   #8
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Doesn't matter, same style of computer.
Yeah, what the hell? Doesen't matter! Hey everybody with dells, ibooks, lenovos come here in the MBP forum. It's the same style of computer, isn't it?

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Yeah, what the hell? Doesen't matter! Hey everybody with dells, ibooks, lenovos come here in the MBP forum. It's the same style of computer, isn't it?

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You do realize the late 2008 MacBook has more in common with MacBook Pros of that same generation than the plastic Macs right?

Sshhhh it's alright to not know this!
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:17 PM   #10
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8GB of RAM, a good SSD (the Samsung 830 is always a good choice!), and maybe swapping out the optical drive for a fast HDD for your photos would be a good choice. Something like my setup here would be a huge boost for you.
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Yeah, honestly it's much closer to the 13" MBP than it is to the old plastic Macbooks.
It's still a MacBook and is closer to the other MacBooks of that year than it is to the 13" MacBook Pro of a completely different year.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:19 PM   #12
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Sorry guys for posting in the Macbook Pro forum. I was sort of hoping that these improvements would boost my Macbook to 'Pro' status.

I added some specs to my first post that I forgot to include.

Thanks Again!
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 05:31 PM   #13
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are you guys seriously arguing about which forum he posted in?
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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There's nothing wrong with pointing out that it was posted in the wrong forum. People post in the wrong place unintentionally all the time, and it's valid to point it out to them, especially if it's a newbie that might not be very familiar with the site. People need to relax a little.


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[*]The SSD thread has overwhelmed my feeble mind. Since my link speed is limited to 3GB/s am I confined to a SATA II SSD? It seems that SATA III Samsung 830 ($250 on Amazon) is highly recommended here but will this drive revert down to 3GB/s on my machine? Is that how it works? The Mercury 3 is 3GB/s SSD on OWCís site for $240 which seems like it would be a good fit. My thought though is this, if the Samsung 830 will revert down to my machineís fastest speed, wouldnít I be better suited to buy in than the slower Mercury 3? As it will benefit me down the line if I end up upgrading to a new macbook?
A SATA III drive should work fine in your machine, and yes, then if you get a newer MBP later you can move it to that machine and take advantage of the faster speed. Considering that the SATA II drives are about as expensive as SATA III drives, I'd go for the faster one.
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Doesn't matter, same style of computer.
Yes this, and besides, there are more folks browsing the Macbook Pro forums.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:20 AM   #16
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Hello All -

After several months I wanted to follow up. I installed:

Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2
Crucial CT2CP51264BC1067 8GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 SODIMM DDR3 (4GBx2)

Total cost $225

Using videos from ifixit and owc and it was a breeze, the result was fantastic. The computer flies now! I highly recommend.
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For other people curious about D800 and upgrades I thought I'd pass along my experience with moving to SSD.

I have a D800 that I shoot in 14 bit raw and I've got a 2010 MBP that got a SSD a few months ago so I can give you some real world expectations... It has 8GB memory, too.

Did the SSD upgrade have a meaningful difference in processing D800 files in Lightroom: yes but nowhere near as big as I was hoping. The SSD means Lightroom and other apps load very quickly and the D800 file can be loaded quicker (if you're storing them on the SSD) but that's it. The processing time for any operations is virtually unchanged.

Is 8GB better than 4? Definitely. And with D800 files it can be a noticeable difference. Is it enough? For lightroom, yeah, it basically is.

So if you upgrade to SSD and add memory will you be happier? Without a doubt. But realize the limitations. It won't make any *processing* any faster whatsoever. And it doesn't make your computer like "a whole new machine" but it does remove bottlenecks that can make it easier to deal with D800 files. The fact remains, though, that these are basically stopgap solutions until you upgrade.

Personally, the SSD reduced my frustration enough to put off buying a rMBP until a spec bump or model update.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 11:51 AM   #18
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Thank you OP

Thanks for updating with your experiences. I did very similar with my 2009 MBP 13-inch.

Now it works too well to upgrade...
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:13 PM   #19
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nwcs -

Thanks for adding your experience, I agree with what you are saying.

I will add a few extra details. For regular computing: booting, shutdowns, sleep, web browsing, office type docs the addition of a SSD and 8GB of RAM fulfilled my expectations, the user experience along with the most current operating system is fantastic.

As nwcs notes, shooting RAW with a full-frame camera creates just massive amounts of data to store and plow through. In our camera, we run (2) 32GB cards and our workflow is generally this:

Import using Aperture 3 to the SSD (where we keep about a month of photos) --> Do culling, rating, album making, ~50% of edits in Aperture --> Export 100% JPEGs to a work in process folder on the SSD for photoshop CS5 --> reimport edited JPEGs back into Aperture 3 on SSD --> when we are done with the project or our SSD we move the images to an external drive

Using this process we are pretty happy as aperture and photoshop run well on the SSD.

Our biggest gripe is that we need more resolution and looking to pick up a nice 27" monitor, hopefully this machine can run it. (I have a question in the "peripheral" section.

Overall it works but there are better things out there.

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