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Old Jun 15, 2009, 01:17 PM   #1
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Macbook Pro Ram & Hard Drive Upgrade

Hey everyone,
I have been posting threads like crazy so I apologize for all the questions but this is the first Mac I have actually owned.

I have a Macbook Pro 15.4 - 2.4GHz - 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM

I know I can upgrade to 4 GB of ram but I wanted to know where you guys recommend and is there any ram that could void my Apple Care Warranty?

Second I have the 250 GB 5400 HD and I wanted to upgrade that as well. Again are there any specific shops you recommend and have had a good experience with and if I upgrade the Hard Drive does that void my Apple Care?

Lastly if I do upgrade my hard drive is it easy to put all the programs I have installed on the new one or do I have to re-install everything?

Sorry for the length.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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ram - OWC
hdd - newegg

would be my recommendation.

newegg is running a promo now for the intel x25-m plus an 8gb flash drive for $314 i think. That's a steal.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 02:01 PM   #4
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I got 4GB ram and a 500GB HD and external case for the old internal from OWC for about $200 total.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 02:06 PM   #5
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ram - OWC
hdd - newegg

would be my recommendation.

newegg is running a promo now for the intel x25-m plus an 8gb flash drive for $314 i think. That's a steal.
If you're willing to pay 314$ for a 80gb drive... To me it's a steal if they sell it for that price... (even if it's the best SSD out there, I can't seem to see a good reason to buy 80gb disk at the price of a 3tb 7200rpm HDD)
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 02:28 PM   #6
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This is perfect! Thanks a lot and I assume from all the posts that none of this will void my warranty?

Where can I find OWC's website?
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 02:42 PM   #7
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No, HDD and RAM upgrades do not void your warranty - you just don't get coverage for those parts.

OWC website could be found at www.macsales.com
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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No, HDD and RAM upgrades do not void your warranty - you just don't get coverage for those parts.

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I cant believe how fast you guys reply this is a great board. Thanks for all the help.

One last thing with the Hard Drive is it easy to copy over all my installed programs to the new HD or do I have to reinstall everything?

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I cant believe how fast you guys reply this is a great board. Thanks for all the help.

One last thing with the Hard Drive is it easy to copy over all my installed programs to the new HD or do I have to reinstall everything?
You have options. You can clone your HDD and after the upgrade you can restore that image. (Try searching for this in the forum as I have not done this). What I did was I like to keep everything clean so I just backed up my important files (documents, pictures) perform a clean install and then restore them. Depending on what you have currently installed you can go either way.
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You have options. You can clone your HDD and after the upgrade you can restore that image. (Try searching for this in the forum as I have not done this). What I did was I like to keep everything clean so I just backed up my important files (documents, pictures) perform a clean install and then restore them. Depending on what you have currently installed you can go either way.
Okay perfect thanks.

There is something I am confused about on the OWC page they list that the maximum amount of ram for my Macbook
is 4GB yet they have a 6GB package as well. Is upgrading to 6 not recommended or something?

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Okay perfect thanks.

There is something I am confused about on the OWC page they list that the maximum amount of ram for my Macbook
is 4GB yet they have a 6GB package as well. Is upgrading to 6 not recommended or something?
You could go 6GB but you won't get dual channel. Even without dual channel you shouldn't lose out on performance.
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You could go 6GB but you won't get dual channel. Even without dual channel you shouldn't lose out on performance.
Is it worth it then to just get the 6GB?
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Is it worth it then to just get the 6GB?
If you have the money. I haven't checked the prices but I believe the price of one 4GB DIMM is up there. I think most would agree that 4GB is more than enough if you don't plan to do any virtualization.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 05:14 PM   #14
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If you have the money. I haven't checked the prices but I believe the price of one 4GB DIMM is up there. I think most would agree that 4GB is more than enough if you don't plan to do any virtualization.
I use Cinema 4D quite a bit on my Mac Pro at work so Im sure I would see some gains with that. Its about a $20 difference between the:
4.0GB Upgrade
(4096MB Module)
$167.99

and the

6.0GB Upgrade Kit
(4.0GB + 2.0GB Set)
$189.99

Seems worth it.
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