Upgrading white unibody Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TGBrowning, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. TGBrowning macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2011

    New here, so apologies if this has already been asked or info is readily available elsewhere. If so please point me in the right direction.

    I Have white unibody Macbook (late 09 model iirc) i've already upgraded it's RAM to 4GB some time ago. I am a photographer and thus use it mostly for running photos through lightroom.

    The main problem i'm having is that when i've been working for a while photos can take quite a while to load properly and lightroom generally becomes quite slow.

    To the best of my (limited) knowledge the best solution would be to replace my HDD with an SSD. However i can't really afford anymore than a 64GB SSD at present so i'd still be left with most of my photos on an external HDD. With 64GB i'd probably have enough space to have the photos i'm working on on the SSD and move them when i'm done, but i can see that getting frustrating.

    So yeah, any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    Maybe you're just running out of RAM. While doing this, take a look at your memory usage in Activity Monitor. What does it look like?
  3. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Hawthorne, CA
    Though it is not recommended by Apple, your macbook can support up to 8 GBs of RAM. You may want to upgrade it again.

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