1. 4mywife's Avatar
    I have a MacBook Pro 2010 and need to upgrade it so that my son can use it when he starts culinary school in January 2018. Can we say yeah to never having to cook again or better yet to being his tasting guinea pig!!!! Where do I start and what do I do?
    04-13-2017 12:20 PM
  2. JB184351's Avatar
    I don't understand quite what your asking could you be clear about what you want? Are you saying you want to buy a new MacBook Pro or just upgrade parts in your current one?
    04-13-2017 12:30 PM
  3. jmr1015's Avatar
    I have a MacBook Pro 2010 and need to upgrade it so that my son can use it when he starts culinary school in January 2018. Can we say yeah to never having to cook again or better yet to being his tasting guinea pig!!!! Where do I start and what do I do?
    We would need to know the exact model and specs of the MacBook Pro to know what would be an "upgrade" over what you already have... but I would say if you have a standard hard drive and less than 8gb of ram, swapping out the HDD for a SSD should be first on your list, then bumping up to 8gb of ram.
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    04-13-2017 05:13 PM
  4. robertk328's Avatar
    We would need to know the exact model and specs of the MacBook Pro to know what would be an "upgrade" over what you already have... but I would say if you have a standard hard drive and less than 8gb of ram, swapping out the HDD for a SSD should be first on your list, then bumping up to 8gb of ram.
    This! If you can swap the hard drive for an SSD and add a bit more RAM you could be set for a while. Those are the biggest bang for the buck without buying a new machine.
    04-13-2017 06:35 PM
  5. 4mywife's Avatar
    I have an MacBook Pro 2010 and need to upgrade it. So what parts would I upgrade in it JB184351?
    04-13-2017 08:42 PM
  6. 4mywife's Avatar
    Thanks jmr1015. My next question is this. Where do I find out exactly what model it is and the specs of the MacBook Pro? I may have the box downstairs that it came in.
    04-13-2017 08:45 PM
  7. JB184351's Avatar
    You can go to he Apple icon and click on this Mac and you should be able to see the specs
    04-13-2017 08:50 PM
  8. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Just to clarify, you'll want to go the  Menu in the upper left corner of your screen and then select "About this Mac".

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201581
    04-13-2017 08:54 PM
  9. 4mywife's Avatar
    Thank JB184351. I clicked on the apple icon and got the following info:

    MacBook Pro (13 inch Mid 2010)
    Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

    Does that help? This computer does have a habit of getting the spinning wheel of death a lot. And it can freeze up. But my son needs it for post-secondary school.
    04-13-2017 09:00 PM
  10. robertk328's Avatar
    That info helps a lot!

    Your RAM is sufficient, but the hard drive after all these years could be failing, and if not, it's definitely a source of slowdowns. Replacing it with an SSD drive is the way to go.

    Here's a tutorial:
    MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 SSD Installation - Crucial

    If you're like me and like to watch it:


    I replaced the HDD with an SSD in my 2011 MacMini and made a world of difference!
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    04-14-2017 05:46 AM
  11. Dgray2712's Avatar
    I have a mid 2012 MBP, and just went up to 16 GB RAM, and installed a 1 TB SSD. It's running like new. That would be the way to go.
    04-14-2017 08:32 AM
  12. knotsure's Avatar
    +1 on the SSD upgrade. Will help a lot on startup and opening programs.
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    04-14-2017 09:36 AM
  13. 4mywife's Avatar
    +1 on the SSD upgrade. Will help a lot on startup and opening programs.
    Is that an expensive upgrade? Can I get it at Staples or should I get it at the Apple store?
    04-14-2017 10:33 AM
  14. 4mywife's Avatar
    I have a mid 2012 MBP, and just went up to 16 GB RAM, and installed a 1 TB SSD. It's running like new. That would be the way to go.
    Thank you for the advice. Would that be an expensive upgrade? Do I get it at the Apple store?
    04-14-2017 10:35 AM
  15. 4mywife's Avatar
    That info helps a lot!

    Your RAM is sufficient, but the hard drive after all these years could be failing, and if not, it's definitely a source of slowdowns. Replacing it with an SSD drive is the way to go.

    Here's a tutorial:
    MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 SSD Installation - Crucial

    If you're like me and like to watch it:


    I replaced the HDD with an SSD in my 2011 MacMini and made a world of difference!
    thank you for that video. It certainly seems straight forward. I'm sure my oldest son Daniel can always help me with installing it.
    04-14-2017 10:41 AM
  16. Dgray2712's Avatar
    Thank you for the advice. Would that be an expensive upgrade? Do I get it at the Apple store?
    Best Buy is where I went. Spent under 300.
    04-14-2017 11:55 AM
  17. 4mywife's Avatar
    Best Buy is where I went. Spent under 300.
    Thank you for the information.
    04-14-2017 12:43 PM
  18. robertk328's Avatar
    Best Buy is where I went. Spent under 300.
    Did they do the upgrade too? Or just sell the parts?
    04-14-2017 04:11 PM
  19. Dgray2712's Avatar
    Did they do the upgrade too? Or just sell the parts?
    Just sold the parts. I did the installation. To put the hardware in took about 45 minutes. Doing the data restore off my external HD took about 5 hours.
    04-14-2017 04:24 PM
  20. knotsure's Avatar
    I went to frys here in Austin TX. Best Buy would be the next best thing. But check prices on ssds at newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and amazon (to name a few). Best Buy will price match from those websites. There is more detail on their website about the price match. I know the geek squad can do it and maybe cheaper than Apple would charge for the upgrade.
    04-14-2017 04:37 PM
  21. jmr1015's Avatar
    Thank you for the advice. Would that be an expensive upgrade? Do I get it at the Apple store?
    Order the parts on Amazon and do it at home.

    It really depends how large of a SSD you want. If you can make due with a smaller size (250gb) then the total upgrade can be done for under $150

    $15 - 3 in 1 USB 2.0 To SATA / IDE Adapter Cable + Power Cord https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001OOT804...mUvbUpU2928205

    $109 - Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OAJ412U...mUvbUpU2928205
    04-14-2017 05:20 PM
  22. robertk328's Avatar
    $109 - Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OAJ412U...mUvbUpU2928209
    This is the one I put in my Mini -- worked perfectly.
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    04-14-2017 05:33 PM
  23. knotsure's Avatar
    I put a crucial 500gb ssd in my wife's MacBook Pro 2012 and a 500gb Samsung 850 evo ssd in my PS4 . I have had ZERO issues with either of them. Its been over two yrs.
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    04-14-2017 08:52 PM
  24. KenV54's Avatar
    One other thought--check out OWC (Other World Computing), http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=wORoohfc

    That link is for upgrades to the 2010 MB Pro 13".

    I've bought HDs and memory from them--very easy to deal with--and they are there to support you by phone if you have any problems with installing the parts. I think their prices are competitive with those on Amazon--maybe $20 more for the same size SSD--but the support is there, and you can be sure about compatibility.
    04-15-2017 01:48 PM
  25. robertk328's Avatar
    One other thought--check out OWC (Other World Computing), http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=pLP2dp4u

    That link is for upgrades to the 2010 MB Pro 13".

    I've bought HDs and memory from them--very easy to deal with--and they are there to support you by phone if you have any problems with installing the parts. I think their prices are competitive with those on Amazon--maybe $20 more for the same size SSD--but the support is there, and you can be sure about compatibility.
    They also have the tool kits needed as well.
    04-15-2017 03:28 PM

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