Hard Drive upgrade and Ram

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Manu1250, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Manu1250 macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2009
    For some time now I have been thinking of upgrading my mac. One hard drive that I am very interested in is the Seagate Momentus 7200rpm 500gb. I have a 120gb drive right now and with a Windows partition I don't have much room. I've read some reviews and it seems fairly good. The problem is that I don't want to have to take my Macbook Pro apart I'm afraid I will mess things up. I was wondering if apple or any other shop could do it for me and at what cost.

    I was wondering if to also upgrade my ram, I have 2gb right now and would like to upgrade to 4gb , is it worth the money?

    Thank You
  2. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    #1 upgrade is the ram. it will definitely help.

    #2 hard drive-might help to ask around, apple might do it and i'm sure there are apple authorized dealers/specialists around. or you could save some money and do it yourself
  3. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    Apple should install a new hard drive for you but I don't know how much they will charge for that. You can also look for an authorized Apple dealers and repair centers in your area because they will most likely do it for you too. If you are providing the hard drive then the labor charge probably isn't that much. Best thing to do is pick up the phone and make some calls...

    For RAM open up Activity Monitor at the end of the day for about a week and see if you get a lot of page outs. Generally if you are getting a lot of page outs then you probably will benefit from more RAM. If you are getting zero page outs then you are probably good with RAM. You can also leave Activity Monitor open and check every so often to see how much RAM you are using. RAM is easy to install but if you want you can also pay someone to do it for you.
  4. Manu1250 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2009
    The ram is probably the best choice and I can install it myself. Does anyone have any experience whith this drive, it would help to know if i´ts reliable.

    Also is it posible to have 8gb, I've read that with a 64-bit operating system you could technically have infinite amounts of ram. Since I have Snow Leopard, is it posible?

    Thank You

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