1. Dgray2712's Avatar
    I have a Macbook Pro from 2012. It has a 2.5 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, and a 512 GB hard drive. I also use a 1 TB Western Digital My Passport external hard drive. I just upgraded to Sierra. Thought it had been done earlier, but apparently not. Being as old as it is, it is running slower than I would like. I have been deleting a lot of junk, but it isn't helping much. I was just wondering if I could, or should bother trying to changing any of the internal components? I really don't want to get a brand new computer right now unless absolutely necessary.
    03-18-2017 07:25 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The most you may be able to do is upgrade to an SSD and possibly add more RAM. Still, it may be better just to purchase a newer model.
    03-18-2017 08:48 PM
  3. Dgray2712's Avatar
    16 GB RAM for $159 and a 2 TB SSD for $579, and about 45 minutes. Call me crazy, but it might be worth it.
    03-18-2017 09:03 PM
  4. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    The maximum RAM it accepts is 8GB (2X4GB). I had one and it was slow. I put an SSD in it and now it's really fast and amazing to use
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    03-18-2017 09:40 PM
  5. Dgray2712's Avatar
    The maximum RAM it accepts is 8GB (2X4GB). I had one and it was slow. I put an SSD in it and now it's really fast and amazing to use
    Actually, if you don't have a Retina display, you can go to 16. And I don't.
    03-18-2017 10:51 PM
  6. Matty's Avatar
    16 GB RAM for $159 and a 2 TB SSD for $579, and about 45 minutes. Call me crazy, but it might be worth it.
    I have a 2011 MacBook Pro and i replaced my 'stock' hard drive after 4 years with a Samsung 850 PRO SSD (512GB). The difference was amazing. Really does make the world of difference. I wish i could put a PCIe drive inside but sadly that wouldn't work haha

    As for RAM. 8GB should be enough to meet most peoples needs.Thats the nice thing about the older MacBooks, we could upgrade things later.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    03-19-2017 03:09 AM
  7. jmr1015's Avatar
    I upgraded from 2gb to 8gbb of ram in my MacBook Pro. Still debating on pulling the trigger on a SSD
    03-19-2017 12:06 PM
  8. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    Actually, if you don't have a Retina display, you can go to 16. And I don't.
    I know that. You haven't mentioned the retina version, in your original post.

    Hence ny answer
    03-19-2017 03:38 PM
  9. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I have a couple of users in my office with 4-5 year old Macbook devices that I have upgraded memory (4 to 8 gig) and hard drives (SSD) and it made a huge improvement in performance.
    03-20-2017 02:26 PM
  10. ranlanhelson's Avatar
    why not?
    03-23-2017 07:45 AM
  11. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    I have a 13" 2012 MBP and I upgraded the RAM to 16GB and that helped tremendously. I have not swapped out the HD yet *but eventually I will add an SSD. I also have a 2015 MBP and that thing flies with the built in SSD. I bought 16GB RAM on Amazon for about $72.
    04-04-2017 01:42 AM
  12. Dgray2712's Avatar
    Got 16 GB RAM at Best Buy for $160, and a 1 TB SSD for $95. It's flying now.
    04-04-2017 06:29 PM

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