3 questions on new macbook 2017

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by KhunJay, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. KhunJay macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    1. Can the SSD be removed and upgraded like some past apple laptops?

    2. Can the RAM be upgraded similarly?

    3. If I receive it with High Sierra installed, can I just start up from El Capitan usb installer and instal El Capitan?
  2. Mike Boreham macrumors 68000

    Aug 10, 2006
    No, No and No.

    Same answers for any Apple laptop in recent years...nothing different about the MacBook, although there are a few third party options for larger storage on some MBP models. None of them have conventional SATA drives as you are probably thinking.
  3. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I am typing on the 12" rMB I just received a few days ago. It came with Sierra, so one of the first things I had to do was to update it to High Sierra. Thing is, from what I understand, any new machine is not going to be able to go backward to another version of the OS earlier than whatever was initially installed on it, so in this situation if for some reason I wanted to retreat from High Sierra, the furthest back I could go would be Sierra, since that is the OS which came with the machine. If I wanted to go back to El Capitan on one of my older machines, though, that would be possible, since that machine had it installed at some point in the first place.

    Whatever you want on the computer in terms of configuration will have to be ordered at the time of purchase, as swapping out SSD or adding RAM later is not possible with the 12" MacBook. If you want 512 GB storage, order it at the get-go. If you want 16 GB RAM, order it at the get-go. The days when we could open up a MacBook and swap out hard drive and RAM are gone....
  4. KhunJay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2013
    learn something new every day....the ssd and ram I could see why one couldn't change them....but did not see any reason the OS couldnt be rolled back.
  5. SpitUK macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2010
    East Yorkshire, UK
    The 12” is glorious on High Sierra and so fast. Why would you want to down grade?
  6. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Older OS' don't have kext files that support newer hardware.
  7. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    If you need El Capitan for some reason like programming, you could use Parallels and install it. However, if you just want to run it as your daily driver OS then no. But as others have said, High Sierra runs great on the MacBook. My wife's 2016 m7 model runs very well since the upgrade.

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