Upgrading my 2012 MacBook Pro

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  1. snoopdog, Feb 11, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017

    snoopdog macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2014
    I'm thinking of up grading my 2012 mac book pro, can anyone give me some advice re RAM upgrades and changing to SSD. I have
    4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Who's best to do this for me or is it possible to do this myself... (watched a couple of video's seems straight forward...ish) where to purchase the RAM & SSD if I decide to attempt this myself.

    Many thanks

  2. MBP_187 macrumors regular

    May 10, 2016
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Hi snoopdog,

    Im using a late 2011, 13' i5 MacBook Pro. I upgraded the RAM( from 4Gb to 16Gb) and put in a 512 Gb SSD.

    RAM replacement is easy, as you mentioned, there are many youtube vids showing how to do it.

    SSD might be a bit more tricky. I suggest getting some experienced help.

    List your current system configuration, it will help members give you more detailed replies.

    Good Luck.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009

    Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved in the upgrades.

    Just about any SSD will do.
    I prefer Sandisk and Crucial.

    Be sure to buy and use THE RIGHT TOOLS for the job.
    I believe you'll need a Phillips #00 driver and a TORX T-6 driver.

    I suggest that you also buy an external 2.5" USB3 enclosure.
    You can use this for the old HDD after you take it out.

    ALSO -- you can use the enclosure to "prep and test" the SSD BEFORE you install it. In the event you have any trouble, resolving problems is FAR EASIER if you do it this way.

    Be careful handling the internal drive ribbon cable. They are very fragile and are a problem area on the 2012 MBPro's...
  4. Macdctr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Ocean State
    You can start by upgrading to 16GB RAM if you have not done so already....

    Here's a link to some memory: http://www.ebay.com/itm/16GB-Kit-2X...648000?hash=item33bc7d1c80:g:6qEAAOSwPRlXnlSa

    then you can add some solid state drives inside: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-SSD...050221?hash=item2a7aee16ed:g:ZDwAAOSw241Yk7O4

    Adding both of these will really speed up your mac. I have this in my mid2012 13inch MacBook Pro and I have been pleased with it's improved performance.

    As for doing the install yourself? Absolutely! You need to make sure you have a "0" phillips screw driver so you can unscrew the necessary screws identified from the iFixit site. Just follow their directions and you should not have any issues doing this upgrade yourself. I have done this to two different MacBook Pros already.
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Which MacBook Pro do you have? - 13-inch Unibody, 13-inch Retina, 15-inch Unibody, or 15-inch Retina

    If you have a Unibody, this may be of help

    I generally get my memory from Crucial. There are numerous good names, but it's the brand I've personally used the most. With your computer, you can upgrade to 8GB or 16GB - depending how you use your computer, both may work equally well for your needs, or 16 GB may work much better. Have you checked your memory usage via the Activity Monitor?

    Do you know what size SSD you want?
    Also, would you prefer a SSD that is more budget-oriented, a balance, or more performance/longevity oriented? For example, the Samsung 850 PRO is an example of a flagship SSD - it's all about speed, reliability, and longevity, plus the best warranty, but it commends a considerable premium over most other options. The Crucial MX-300 (and the Samsung EVO) is a balanced SSD, with very good performance, reliability, and longevity, and for a much lower price than the Samsung 850 PRO.
  6. bluespider macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    Space Coast FL
    I had the 2012 Retina MBP and just upgraded to the new 15" Pro ... while I've only had it for 24 hours, I will say that I cam very happy with the upgrade. The laptop is much faster and the upgraded video graphics card is noticeable. I will say the keyboard is taking some getting used to, but I really like how it feels. All in all, from the 12 to the new in my book is well worth it.
  7. Zveruk macrumors newbie


    Feb 12, 2017
    But we are talking here about non-retina mid 2012 MacBook. ) Last true Macbook that was made for people, where you could upgrade almost everything you needed. I bought it last summer and installed 8gb of ram and 850 Evo SSD disk, and it become faster than light. ) I don't need a Retina display, because it eats too much of battery power and it's screen problems with that glue on it... No thanks, not gonna pay 2000 USD to get that kind of problems. And the new MacBook is just a joke.
  8. CyHawk60 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2016
    I purchased a used 2012 MacBook Pro non-retina from the local high school. I upgraded the memory and swapped the HDD to an SSD. Boot times went from around 50 seconds to 15. Straight forward upgrade and install. I did the command R, recovery install with no issues.

    I recommend this memory;

    and I used this SSD;

    Good luck with the upgrade!
  9. escavarseason macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2017
  10. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    It can support 16GB
  11. Macdctr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Ocean State
    Correct statement
  12. Hawaiian Starman macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2001
    Somerset West, South Africa
    While you're at it, consider replacing the aging fans. Good price on Amazon and easy install.
    Last year, I removed the DVD writer and replaced with a second SSD drive (1TB). I never use DVD's so it was a beneficial upgrade. MacSales has helpful tutorials about drive replacements etc.
  13. vrBrew Suspended


    Mar 3, 2017
    High life, High times
    I did mushkin 16GB of memory with an intel 240GB SSD drive. Then changed out the superdrive with 512GB SSD. It was probably the best performing MBP I had until the video card died.
  14. nenad83 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2015
  15. snoopdog thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2014
    I finally got around to doing this a couple of weeks ago! (I've used a Samsung 850 Evo) I had a problem cloning the original hard drive, I contacted Apple chat, they were great & solved the problem.
    Followed your advice & got the right tools for the job, I'm completely self taught on this sort of thing... If I can do this anyone can. My mid 2012 mac book pro is super quick... almost better than new.

    Thanks for the advice

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