The MacBook family was first introduced in May 2006 and replaced the iBook as Apple's consumer laptop.

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Is MacBook 2006 worth upgrading?

My tween daughter needs a computer for school. I don't have the money to spend on a new computer. Is it worth the cost to install a new hard drive (500gb) and RAM (2gb)? I could do the installation myself.

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Susan - Yes it's worth putting in $200 or so to give it new life. It won't be as likely to be stolen Vs a new shiny MacBook Pro, or be as great a loss if broken. Before you do check with her school on what apps (OS) she will need to run on it to make sure it will meet their specs.

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Check around you might find a cheaper HD & RAM. Micro Center has a sale on 1Tb drives for $90, its a slower version 5.4k Vs 7.2k and does not have any SSD which may be OK for your kids system.

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Yes - If you can read and follow directions, use the proper tools. We're here to Answer Questions, but if you follow the tags at right and use the guides it's possible.

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Your machine should be able to upgrade to 4 MB of RAM. I really like the Seagate 7400 Momentus hard drives, here's one: 500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive

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