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RAM and Hard Drive Upgrade Questions

I have a MacBook A1181 (Penryn) with 4GB RAM.

Before purchase I want to make sure that upgrading to a 750 GB 7200 RPM Seagate SATA will work for my machine.

I also want to add more RAM. After reading your site See here... it appears that a Penryn can accept up to 6GB of RAM.

Right now I have 2 - 2GB cards installed. Should I buy a third 2GB card - or do I need to get a 4GB and use one of the old cards to equal 6GB?

Has this worked for anyone else?

...And do you have any tips on installing other than the [outstanding] guides available on iFixit?

PS -- I have never repaired or even installed parts on a computer. But I have repaired lots of household appliances so I figure this can't be too hard! Plus I'm ordering lots of tools from you to make the job easy [ier!]

THANKS for providing the best site on the Net for repairing Macs.

Linda

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You only have two RAM slots so you will have to pull one of the twos and replace it with a four.

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 6 GB of RAM using one 2 GB and one 4 GB memory module.

Installation is literally a snap. Remove the battery, three small Phillips screws and your there. Just press the tabs holding the RAM in place outward and it pops up. I'll see if I can find you a video on it.

Please give me a link to the 750 GB Seagate you're looking at and I'll get right back to you.

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Thanks for the video link. It was for a MacBook "Pro" but still very helpful for me to see the steps involved.

Here's the link to the HD: 750 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive

Thanks again Mayer.

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+ for helpful advice. I think that only Snow Leopard 64 bit can take advantage of the extra RAM.

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Sorry here's a correct installation video: http://www.videojug.com/webvideo/how-to-...

That hard drive will work just fine.

I would put the 4 GIG in the left hand slot first. remac is probably correct. I don't think you will see that much improvement over the four gigs you already have unless you're really using some powerful programs that require rendering.

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Thanks Remacberlin - I'm using 10.5 I could not find more info on the apple support site. Do you have a better link?

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I'll try the drive without the additional RAM first to see if its really needed. These videos are really helpful in reducing my fear of getting under the hood. Thanks again - to all.

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