Please help! Improving my 2009 macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rustygurl, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. rustygurl macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2013
    Hey! I have multiple questions and hopefully, they will not sound too stupid for this website!

    So I have the Macbook (late 2009) with this :
    Processor 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    STORAGE 260 GB

    I also run a test for the battery health this morning and the current max is almost 95% of the original battery ! So for me, who doesn't know anything about computer, that sounds good!

    So I decided not to sell it and keep it instead. I would like it to be more useful for me. Which means :
    Being able to store more data. Right now, I must have a ton of photo and music. I don't want to put it on an external drive because I have the feeling that iPhoto and iTunes would not work with the completeness of my libraries if I would transfer music and photos to an external hard drive. Does this make sense? Getting fights with my "non-mac" boyfriend about that ! ;)

    Therefore, what should I change to able more storage ? Can I do it myself? Where do I buy the additional storage?

    Is there anything else I could do to tune it up ? I installed Mountain Lion and surprisingly, the computer is still working at a reasonable speed.
    Is there anything I could change that would make it even faster ? Again, could I change it myself and where should I buy additional "speed" ?

    That's it for now!
    Any other suggestions are welcome!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    1. Your first step should be to install more RAM. Your MacBook can take up to 8 GB. You should be able to put 4 GB (2 x 2 GB modules) in it for around $25 or 8 GB (2 x 4 GB modules) for around $50.

    2. Nothing will make your computer seem faster than upgrading your hard drive to an SSD. However, getting more storage than what you currently have will be expensive. You can get a 256 GB SSD for around $200 or a 512 GB SSD for around $400. Otherwise, you can pick up a 500 GB or 750 GB hard drive for $60 to $80.

    You can do these upgrades yourself. Instructions are in the manual that came with your computer. (Also available here: You'll need a Phillips #00 screwdriver and ideally an anti-static work mat.

    iTunes and iPhoto will work with your libraries stored on external disks, but it's not always a pleasant experience (especially if the libraries are large).
  3. Estes macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Somerville, AL
    I have the exact same Macbook and made the first ever upgrades to it myself in December. I had never opened a laptop before but it was extremely easy. Just buy the 00 phillips screwdriver and follow the ifix it guide.

    I got 8 GB or RAM at OWC.

    I didn't need space, I just wanted the same thing but faster so I only bought a 256 GB SSD, but you might want to just get a large but slower drive to accommodate more data.

    Good luck.

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