MBP and InDesign: more RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hughm, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Hughm macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm looking for the performance bottleneck on my late-2011 MBP, and am asking for informed advice before I make a move.

    Indesign CC 2015 takes about 90 seconds to load, but once running is okay. Except if I'm running mini-Bridge, or round-tripping to Photoshop. Spinning beachballs everywhere. Wonder if this a RAM, HD, or processor issue. About 10% page-outs.

    Late 2011 MBP 13"
    2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5
    4G RAM
    500G SATA HD

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dadioh macrumors 65816

    Dadioh

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    Upgrade to an SSD and beachballs will be very infrequent. 500GB SSD is pretty cheap nowadays. One of the advantages of having the "old" MBP (Like me :)
     
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    More RAM will also help when using Adobe. A minimum of 8 Gb would be my recommendation. I moved my late 2011 MBP to 16 Gb, but I enjoyed the improvement from changing a HDD to SSD the most.
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    90 second app opening and constant beach balls tells me you should be keeping an eye on that hard drive. Keep a good backup handy.

    Spinner hard drives like to slow to a crawl before croaking.
     

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