Upgrading HDD and RAM in 2010 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cjc1706, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Cjc1706 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    Im looking at upgrading the RAM and HDD in my 15" 2010 MBP. It has the 320gb HDD and 4GB of RAM in atm. I am wanting to get a 750gb HDD and upgrade it to 8gb of RAM.

    I have done a little bit of searching, and have found a few products but I want to ask you a question about the RAM.

    As I have 4gb in there atm, is this just in one stick? If so, would I be able to just buy another 4gb stick and put that in, or would it be better to buy a whole new 8GB set (2x4gb sticks) so that they are the same brand?

    The single stick I have found is : http://www.cclonline.com/product/36...RAM-1066MHz-DDR3-SODIMM-Memory-Stick/RAM5985/

    The 8GB Pack is:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Te...9UKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316621972&sr=8-1

    As for the Hard drive, I have found this one:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/APPLE-MacBo...11?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1316622399&sr=1-11

    If you could please help me out by giving your opinions on the above products and suggest any others that I should be looking at?

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Your RAM is in 2 sticks of 2 GB each. You'll need 2 x 4 GB sticks. Crucial, Corsair, G.Skill, Samsung, etc., are all good brands that will work. Note your MBP uses DDR3 PC3-8500 RAM running at 1066 MHz.

    I'm in the US, so this may not apply, but take a look at the Hitachi 7K750 (7200 RPM, 750 GB capacity). I've also had good results from Samsung; others here have had good luck with Western Digital and some with Seagate.
     
  3. RedRallyeZ macrumors regular

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    I also have a 2010 MBP and i have the seagate 750gb 7200RPM drive and have been happy with it so far. ITS a step up in speed from the stock 5400RPM drive with no noticeable decrease in battery life or increase in noise. I went with Crucial for my RAM. 2x4GB sticks. as long as its 1066, you'll be alright. not a whole lot of difference in RAM from one brand to another.

    One thing i noticed about the links you posted is that both products mention that they are apple specific, you really don't have to worry about that. RAM and HDD are not OS specific so you don't need to worry about finding something specifically labeled for Apple.
     
  4. Ivabign macrumors 6502

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    I just installed a Corsair 8gb kit...

    that I bought from Amazon for $43 ($33 with rebate) - the computer boots up and recognizes the memory (I am typing on it now) - One thing I found was odd was that the computer forgot my WiFi link and I had to direct it to the right signal and input the password. Is this typical?

    And I looked at the guides for RAM testing but am confused - is there an onboard RAM test I can do? Kinda like in DOS?

    Otherwise it seems to be working fine.
     
  5. mcphee7 macrumors member

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    In my opinion you are paying too much for for that drive. Google, Seagate Momentus 750Gb SATA II ST9750420AS (ebay)

    I'm English so I know the value of the £
     
  6. Cjc1706 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome... Thanks for the suggestion! I will check it out.
     
  7. Cjc1706 thread starter macrumors newbie

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