Unibody MacBook Pro models with 13" displays produced from 2009-2012.

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Upgrades for the future


So Bernie my MacBook 13" Late 2008 is slowing down and causing a bit of a headache.

But he is working still! On OS El Cap at the moment.

I was wondering if it would be able to Upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive?

How hard would this be? I've only really used Bernie for Word, Research, And storing a lot of photos and music. What would be the most I'd be able to get? Apparently I can take the Optical Drive out and replace it with a SSD?

The current specs:

  • Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB

Any Help or Advice would be appreciated.


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It looks like Bernie is a :

Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13" (Unibody) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2008 Aluminum - MB467LL/A - MacBook5,1 - A1278 - 2254

He'll take

RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1066 MHz

Details: Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM.

Standard RAM: 2 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB*

Details: 2 GB of RAM is installed as two 1 GB modules, no slots free.

You probably have 2 two GB sticks. So I would think about exchanging one of the twos with a 4 getting you to 6GB of RAM.

PC3-8500 4 GB RAM Chip

He probably started with a

Standard Storage: 250 GB HDD.

Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)

I would drop in a backward compatible Seagate SSHD, either a 500 GB or a 1TB.

1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive

500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive

leave the optical drive alone.

500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive Image


500 GB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive


1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive Image


1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive


PC3-8500 4 GB RAM Chip Image


PC3-8500 4 GB RAM Chip


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Thanks heaps for that!

Hopefully it will keep him alive!

I guess start backing up the Documents and photos externally.

Then replace the Hard Drive.

Thanks for the Advice!


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