Hardware upgarde, MacBook (Unibody)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Stingery, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Stingery macrumors newbie

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    Hi all -

    I have the very first MacBook Aluminium Unibody with 2.0 GHz Intel core 2 duo (late 2008). Due to lacking speed and performance, I want to upgrade it with new RAM and a hard drive.
    However, I am not sure which criteria these have to fulfill in order to work.

    Hard drive:
    Is any possible, as long as it is SATA 2.5" and 9.5mm high?
    I am looking at the Western Digital AV-25 500GB, SATA II, with 32mb cache.

    RAM:
    SO-DIMM DDR3 204pin, Kit with max. 6gb.
    Can I buy the Crucial SO-DIMM Kit 4GB PC3-8500S CL7 (DDR3-1066)?

    For making a workable carbon copy of my current drive, I need an external docking station.
    Can I buy any USB connected station or case for SATA 2.5"?

    Cheers,
    Stingery
     
  2. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    Jul 8, 2011
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    Yes as long as you get a 2.5in hard drive it should fit. SATA II is the maximum it can handle, so that is a great choice.

    The biggest thing you should check for the RAM is the pin count. So look up the amount of pins your macbook RAM has, also make sure its laptop memory and not desktop.

    I did both upgrades to my Macbook Unibody, it was also the first unibody (late 08) 5,1

    yes you can then inclose your old drive, here's a conversion kit, so you can then use your hard drive as a portable external hard drive so you can boot from and later use for time machine!

    USB 2.0 HDD Enclosure
     

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