Which operating system reinstall?

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  1. Macintosh1984 macrumors regular

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    A friend of mine owns a MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009), 2 GB RAM. Because he wants to format it, for best performance, recommended to install Sierra, El Capitan, or what previous version? I think El Capitan.

    I'm in doubt between Sierra and El Capitan, who is better?

    I'm still recommending to switch to 4GB of RAM, so think as if it had 4GB.

    Thanks!
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    1) Swap HDD for SSD. 240GB SSDs or lower are very cheap.
    2) Throw in 8GB RAM. 2x4GB DDR3 1066MHz SODIMM.
    3) Install Sierra.
    4) Laugh maniacally as you have a buttery-smooth Mac for a great price.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I agree with both the SSD and the 8GB upgrade.
    Not sure about the maniacal laughter in #4, but I would use a self-satisfied chuckle after seeing the new lease on life for a 7-year-old laptop.
     
  4. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to all, but thinking only 4GB of RAM, which system is best?

    For SSD it is necessary to remove optical drive?
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You can swap out the hard drive for an SSD. You don't touch the optical drive at all - unless you want to do that.
    With an SSD - either El Capitan or Sierra, because of the optimizations in the system for SSD. (in my opinion :D )
    4GB will be ok, if that's what you want to stay with.
     
  6. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, Sierra also with 4GB of RAM and not SSD?

    I will try to convince my friend to both RAM and SSD.
     
  7. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

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    It is not worth the effort to only upgrade to 4GB. A quick online search shows 8GB kits (2x4GB) selling for $40, while 4GB kits (2x2GB) run from $26 to $30. So - max the machine out so that you never have to open it up again!

    BTW, 4GB isn't really enough for just web browsing, even in older operating systems.
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    I wouldn't bother with upgrading anything on it if you're not going to put an SSD in it.

    For RAM double check the exact model as some "MacBook" models from 2009 can only use 6GB. See everymac.com for specifics.
     
  9. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    For 2GB RAM, I would go for Mavericks or Yosemite.
     
  10. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Trackpad for the older MacBooks (including the 5,2 that you mention) isn't seen as a trackpad in Sierra (we don't have a workaround for that yet). I'd definitely bump up to 4GB of memory for either OS (10.11 or 10.12).
     
  11. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

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    "Late 2009" MacBook is MacBook6,1. This model supports 8GB of RAM and (officially) macOS Sierra.
     
  12. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Mid-2009 is the 5,2 (13") - http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...-duo-2.13-white-13-mid-2009-nvidia-specs.html

    Most people have no idea....they think it came out on X date, but it came out on Y date. Unless you have a sys info screen capture, include the exact model number, the info is less than precise.
     
  13. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    The "Unibody" "Late 2009" "6,1" Macbook can "unofficially" use 8GB RAM.
     
  14. Macintosh1984, Oct 10, 2016
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    Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to all!

    I say to my friend who is better to upgrade RAM and SSD! Meanwhile I put Sierra. The computer is 6.1.

    Why the "Unibody" "Late 2009" "6,1" Macbook can "unofficially" use 8GB RAM?
     
  15. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    One place to find that and a good bit more information on prior Mac models is everymac.com.
     

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