MacBook Pro early 2011 upgrade to SSD and RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bruno001, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. bruno001 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    Hi guys,

    I have a early 2011 15" MacBook Pro with a 750 GB hard disk and 2 x 4 GB RAM. I'd like to upgrade to a SSD disk, preferably 512 GB and 16 GB RAM.

    What SSD is recommendable?

    Is it possible to upgrade RAM to 2 x 8 GB?

  2. iPad Air macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    SC, USA
    Greetings. Check out the Crucial M500 series. There was a great deal recently on these drives, don't know if they are valid anymore. Here is the link to what I saw about them:

    These drives have great ratings on Amazon. About the RAM upgrade: I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro 13", originally it had 2x2 for 4 gigs total. I replaced that with G.Skill 4x2 for a total of 8 gigs memory. Works wonderful. So, I have no doubt you can do 8x2 in your 15". My 13" would have supported that, but I did not need that much.

    Good Luck. :)
  3. bruno001 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013

    thanks for the info.

    I now just saw I wrote "early 2011" but it is actually October 2011. Does it make any difference?
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Not for what you're looking to do. It's a Sandy Bridge machine, so it can run 16GB (2x8) RAM and as long as you put the SSD in the original HDD slot (and not the optibay) you'll be fine with that upgrade as well.

  5. bruno001 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    OK, thanks.

    I read the Corsair Ram's seem to be very good. Any other recommendation?

    As for the SSD, beside the Crucial M500, I read the OWC and OCZ are good. Any other?


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