Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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Slow performance spinning wheel

I have had lots of performance issues with this macbook. Rebooting takes well over a min to open all the programs.

So Far I have:

- Updated Microsoft Office to latest version (made the issue worse)

- Reformatted Harddrive and installed program/reloaded personal files(did not use time machine)

I have a early 2009 macbook pro 15" that runs faster than this laptop.

The CPU does not seem overworked.

Suggestions?

Upgrade RAM to 8 gig?

Replace Hard drive?

Do not want to sink to much money into it. I plan to replace this unit in a year but need to use it for work until then.

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Try replacing the hard drive/IR cable with a new one from the 2012 model. This is a known issue.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable

with bracket

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable

without bracket

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable Image

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