Upgrade 2009 Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wordlessjam, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. wordlessjam macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Manchester, UK

    I've got a 2009 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo and it's starting run sluggish. Do you think it's a good idea to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD and upgrade the RAM to get more life out of the machine or to buy a new one all together?

    I need it for general computing but also want to put windows on either a VM or using bootcamp for engineering programs such as Autodesk Revit and Robot.
  2. maclaw21 macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    Upgrading to a SSD will do you wonders. It did for my late 2008 MB (aluminum). I currently have 4gb of RAM, which works ok. I may try to bump up to 8 GB.

    Either way, the decision on whether to just up and by a new computer is personal to your situation and whether you're willing to give upgrading your RAM and HD a shot.
  3. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Agreed - my sister has a 2009 MBP and just going from 2GB to 8GB worked wonders for the speed of the machine. I think an SSD and RAM upgrade would really give your '08 MB a lift, just a question of whether you think the money is worth it vs. spending more for a new machine. It'll definitely get more life out of it, for sure.

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