"Upgrading" MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ele Erre, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Ele Erre macrumors newbie

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    Hello I have a late 2011 13" MacBook Pro laptop with 512 GB hard drive 4 GB ram. Is there a way to make it more powerful with compatible parts to be able to video edit effectively. I've heard that I need a bigger laptop to use programs effortlessly. Will any data from my laptop be lost in doing so? Do I need to buy a new MacBook Pro?
     
  2. r6mile macrumors 6502

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    If you are doing video editing, you could upgrade to the max 16GB your computer allows. And if you don't have an SSD drive already, buy one - it will make it feel like a new laptop. You won't lose data as long as you 'clone' your existing hard drive into a new SSD using a SATA to USB cable or enclosure. With the right upgrades your machine is still capable, but up to you whether you'd rather replace it.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You're stuck with the dual core CPU and integrated graphics. More RAM might help if that's your bottleneck.

    Sounds like a new laptop with a quad core CPU may be the solution. Transferring your data is easy. Just use migration assistant.
     
  4. Willo34 macrumors regular

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  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    It is probably just not a powerful enough graphics card for modern video editing in which case no there's nothing you can do.
     
  6. Willo34 macrumors regular

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    Samuelsan is right. Graphics might be the problem.....
     

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