Using a Mid 2009 Macbook Pro, how do I give it new life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sfyn, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. sfyn macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2015
    I'm on Version 10.6.8,
    Processor 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1067MHz DDR3

    Is there anything I can do to make it feel like a brand new laptop? Sometimes it loads up very slow.. and the reason I never updated is because things always get inconvenient after updates e.g some features lost or difficulty navigating settings. But alas I am unable to view YouTube videos on Safari. I think it might be time for me to take the dive.
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Pop a SSD in there.

    If you're on the original hard drive, it's bound to die soon enough seeing how old it is. I hope you keep a good backup handy. Hard drives tend to slow to a crawl before croaking.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    As someone else already suggested, remove the HDD and install a SSD.

    I'd also look into upgrading to a newer version of OS X.
  4. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
  5. Shaaun macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2015
    I have an SSD installed on my
    I have a MBP Mid 2009 the same spec as you and I have 4GB RAM and an SSD it runs great with Mavericks 10.9.5 and for the extra £30-40 or $50 it would be a great upgrade to an old system or even upgrade the RAM for an extra £40 or $60.
  6. Sickly Grin macrumors member

    Sickly Grin

    Feb 28, 2015
    Get a SSD. It'll change everything. That's what I did with my mid-2010 MBP. Runs Yosemite perfectly now. I also updated the RAM to 8GB, but that's not exactly necessary.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This is just a repeat of what folks wrote above, but...
    Put an SSD into it.

    A 240gb SSD will run you about $70.
    It will completely change the "feel" of the computer.

    I have a 2010 MB Pro, and installation was VERY easy -- 15 minute job.
    ANYONE can do it.
    Look up the "how to" guide on

    One proviso:

    You may not need to upgrade the RAM -- this depends on what programs you use.
    My 2010 MB Pro still runs fine with 4gb.

    Final advice:
    You don't really need to "compare" SSD's, "speed wise".
    That's because your MacBook has a SATA 2 bus, and all current SSD's are SATA 3.
    What that means is ANY one you buy will run at the fastest speed that the MacBook can handle.
    I'd suggest Crucial or Sandisk as good choices.
    If you spend extra $$$ for something like Samsung Pro, you're just wasting it.

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