Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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Can I upgrade the RAM on this 13-inch early 2011

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3.

It runs a little slow, would upgrading the memory to 32 GB help it run faster? Or should I upgrade the Hard Drive to an SSD?

Or is there any other way of making it run a little bit faster?


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It looks like your system is maxed out at 16 GB of RAM.

Check this out to see if it is your model


SSD storage is a great idea! But, can be quite pricey depending on the size you are looking for. I might suggest, de-cluttering your drive and making a TimeMachiene backup of it.

If you don't have any important software/still have the installation/purchase licenses for it, I might even suggest doing a fresh install and selectively copying items from your TimeMachiene back onto your system.

At the moment, I have a 13" MacBook Mid 2010 that has 3 GB of RAM in it. I don't use it for anything too heavy, but it has a fresh install of Sierra on it and it is flying fast. So that is my experience with fresh installs.

Good luck and let us know what you end up doing!

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Thanks!I don't know the decluttering process of the drive: how do I go with?


What you want to do is defrag the drive using defragmentation software like this: Drive Genius. Or, after backing up your system & setting up an OS installer thumb drive. Reformat the drive and re-install the OS & your apps afresh, then restore as needed from your backup.

Reference: How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive


As for de cluttering, it would be removing /transferring over files you don't use anymore. Things like photos, music, videos, old downloads - just to make some extra space.


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