Macbook Pro Ram & Hard Drive Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bruceleeroy, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  2. macrumors member

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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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    Dwalls90

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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.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    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)
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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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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    iLog.Genius

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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
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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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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    iLog.Genius

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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.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
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    iLog.Genius

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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.
     
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    Is it worth it then to just get the 6GB?
     
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    iLog.Genius

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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.
     
  14. thread starter macrumors member

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    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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