Upgrade question for the new Macbook Pro's.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by b.oryan, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. b.oryan macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    First things first,

    I understand that these questions have been asked previously before myself. But. I am currently deployed to SE Afghanistan, and don't have the time to be going through old threads, for fragments of information I need. Hopefully that took care of some useless flame posts and I can get to business.

    I just purchases the 15'' Macbook Pro from the apple store. I did not go for any upgrades, IE: The SSD and 8GB Ram options. The reason why, obviously to save money.

    The questions:

    A) What is the type of SSD I would need to replace the current HD in my MBP? (I don't know if they have different sizes, cable receptacles, etc.) And what is the process to install it. Possibly a link to a step by step guide. There has to be one.

    B) Basically the same as above, but for RAM...Like do these components have to be Mac specific, or at this stage in the game does it matter?

    I thank you guys, and will check back in a couple days when I get free time.


    SPC O'Ryan
  2. safelder macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2010
    A) Hardware wise, any SSD will do the trick (or should...I've never encountered one that doesn't have the right dimensions for a MBP). Software wise, since Mac OS doesn't support the TRIM command, it's probably better to find a drive that does its own garbage collection, lest you see a gradual reduction in performance. Personally, I recommend the OWC Mercury Extreme. I'm using one in my 15" MBP in an optibay adapter as my boot drive (having left the mechanical HDD in the main bay as a data drive), and I'm to a usable desktop from power on in about 15 seconds.

    B) Any RAM meeting the basic hardware specs will work. It doesn't need to be Mac specific. Again, I recommend OWC's RAM . . . they'll give you a rebate on the original system RAM.

    The install on both is relatively easy and is explained, with pictures, on the Apple support website. http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacBook_Pro_15inch_Early2011.pdf. Have a look at page 35.

    My personal recommendation, assuming you haven't put any data on the computer as yet, is to install the SSD and do a clean install of your OS from CD. If you have put data on the computer, buy yourself a firewire 2.5" SATA external enclosure, put the SSD in there, download Carbon Copy Cloner, clone your HDD to the external SSD, then do the swap.
  3. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    First off, Thanks for your service!

    Now as far as the RAM goes, nothing is Apple specific anymore. I believe you need 10600/10666 DDR3 1333 MHZ RAM. I have g-SKILL, have had Crucial. Pretty much any brand of RAM will be an excellent choice.

    The SSD, I am not too familiar with as prices are just too high for the amount of storage you get.
  4. 1quick1 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2008
    Do you mind letting me know which optibay you're using? and how the install went? I ask cause I'm thinking about picking up a small SSD (32gb range) and running the operating system in the optibay and then using the stock drive for data.
  5. safelder macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2010
    I'm using the OWC solution. The install is only tricky because you're working with small parts. If you're patient and careful (take your time, use good tools, and keep track of parts you've removed), however, you won't have any problems--OWC provides very good instructions. The only "problem" I had was with the little bracket that is used to anchor the optibay itself to the chassis--you obviously need to orient it the same way on the optibay as on the ODD, and I wasn't paying sufficient attention. So, the first time I screwed it in, I had it inverted.

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