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
1 TB SSD Hybrid 2.5" Hard Drive Image
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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