Upgrade SSD and Battery MBP 2010 ?

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  1. kity92 macrumors newbie

    kity92

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    Hi everyone i have a mbp 2010 i5 cpu 8gb ram and 500 hdd. its work good but i think not good enough im not a gamer or coder im just surfing on the internet and watching youtube etc check mail and office things. when i surfing sometimes i have laggy chrome and im thinking should i upgrade my hdd to sdd for performance. The second question i had dead battery and i took it now im using without battery and i heard that its effect mac performance. should i buy a new one? that's all my questions i ll be happy if u reply this post.
     
  2. Larry D macrumors newbie

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    I have the same computer (typing on it now) and upgraded the battery, hard drive to ssd and the memory, now it is like a brand new computer and is so much faster and more efficient. I bought all the components from OWC macsales. Then I took the computer with all the components to Ubreakifix and for $99.00 they installed all the new parts including a fresh High Sierra OS. It is now an amazing computer... You should do the same and you will love your Mac again...
     
  3. kity92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    kity92

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    thank you, buddy, for good precious advise. but same time I have kernel problem you know gpu panic mac closes suddenly and I'm thinking its worth it upgrade or buy a new.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP --

    If the 2010 MBP is in good shape, it makes sense to upgrade the internal drive to an SSD, and also to replace the battery while "you're in there".

    My advice:
    You DON'T need to spend lots on the SSD, nor do you need to buy a large one.
    500gb will do fine.
    I'd suggest Crucial or Sandisk drives.

    I'd also suggest that you get something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-2-5-...478&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=sabremt+usb3+to+ssd

    You can use it to "prep and test" the new SSD -BEFORE- you install it, and you can use the adapter/dongle to connect the old HDD afterwards.

    IF your current OS install is doing ok, you could use CarbonCopyCloner to "clone over" your OS from the HDD to the SSD -- fastest and easiest way to get going.
    CCC is FREE to download and use for 30 days, so doing it this way will "cost you nothing" out-of-pocket.

    You will also need:
    - Phillips #00 driver
    - TORX T-6 driver
    I -think- you also need a special driver to undo the screws holding in the battery (sorry, I don't have the driver number close at the moment)
    Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved.
    It's a VERY easy procedure.

    RE the battery:
    Don't "cheap out" on it. Some 3rd-party batteries are ok, but many others are junk.
    It's really a crapshoot.
    Don't expect any replacement battery to perform as well as did the factory-original (re the time it takes from "full charge" to "empty"). They almost never do.

    One last bit of advice:
    STOP USING Chrome if you're using it.
    It's a "resource hog".
    And do you really prefer google gathering all that info on where you go?
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    Those are good upgrades, but they will not fix a hardware problem with your GPU.
    See this thread:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/macbook-pro-mid-2010-gpu-panic-fixed-random-restarting.2133554/

    You have a choice of fixing the GPU hardware problem and then doing the upgrades or moving on to something newer. Spending the money on the upgrades would be a waste of money if you do not address the GPU hardware problem.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    Hmmm...
    I think Coastal is right about the GPU panics (I didn't notice that when I prepared my reply above).

    If you have a 15" or 17" MBP that has "GPU problems", it's probably not worth fixing any more.
    Time to start shopping for a replacement...
     
  7. kity92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    kity92

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    many thanks for the reply, yes I said before I have gpu panic and I checked on the internet how is the solution. The real solution is to change the capacitor on motherboard. I solved my problem by mbp gpu fix and gfxcardstatus but these are not a permanent solution. I think I should sell it and rebuy a used mbp 2011 or 2012.

    @CoastalOR
     
  8. technano macrumors member

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    If you are looking to upgrade to a used macbook, I suggest that you get the MacBook Pro 2012. At least, at the moment they still run the latest OS X Mojave, fully supported by Apple. Whereas the MacBook Pro 2011 are not supported.

    Alternatively, you would go for the new MacBook Pros,
     

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