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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zeiter, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. zeiter macrumors 6502

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    Hi there,

    I would like to know of a cheap place to buy memory for my Macbook pro early 08 so I can max it out...thanks!

    Will I notice a big difference if I always have about 500mb of free memory available in my current 2GB setup?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    eBay is probably the cheapest but NewEgg is more reliable. E.g. this should work
     
  3. zeiter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    will I see an improvement? I think it's kind of weird to spend 100$ for like a 3 year old laptop almost..
     
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    Yes, an upgrade from 2GB to 4GB will be noticeable. That machine should easily last you another three years with a simple RAM upgrade. It's a lot cheaper than buying a new 2000$ MBP
     
  5. zeiter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will be a new computer before 3 years, especially when the screen has white patches and that the dvd-rom doesn't work anymore...

    when the pinwheel is spinning, could it be hard drive too?
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    With pinwheels and 500MB free, I think you should start backing up your data is you aren't already; pinwheels are often a sign of a failing HDD.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    ...or low disk space, or a bad user profile, or a multitude of other things.
     
  8. zeiter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there a way to know if the hard drive is failing?
    thank you!
     
  9. ccashman92 macrumors regular

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    If you want a speed boost you want a new and faster HDD. If you want faster processing and stuff go with RAM. HDD tend to slow down over time. I update mine every 5 years on all my computers, Mac or PC.

    Check this out for RAM

    Check this out for HDD's and SSD's
     
  10. ccashman92 macrumors regular

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    This is very true. I would find a diagnostic program and run it to see whats up.
     

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