Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010 & Late 2011

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Need help deciding on my laptop upgrades

I am a editor and my laptop dosent run like it did so ive been lookat at memory and a haeddrive upgrade any suggestions and does thes laptop support sata2

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Hi! You have a fast, high-end machine, with at least 2GB of RAM, and the default hard drive in that model is not too shabby either. Adding more RAM and potentially a faster hard drive may help slightly, but again, since you've basically got a machine that is as fast as it gets, I'd really recommend backing up your data, wiping your drive, and reinstalling the OS. It's very possible your system has gotten cluttered, and that a fresh install of the OS would make for a quicker experience. You state it "doesn't run like it did", which tell me that it did once run faster, and wiping the drive and reinstalling the OS is the way to put it back in that "like new" condition.

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Even better than the defrag I mentioned.

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its 4gb ddr3 320@5400

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Unless you're doing video editing, rendering, music production, etc., you shouldn't need any more than the 4GB you have, and expanding to 8GB will not give you a noticeable speed increase. I think reinstalling the OS is the best route at this point.

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@rdk incorporated i do photo editing video editing and the internet

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4GB of RAM is quite a bit, so I still think reinstalling the OS is the first step to seeing if speed is restored. Upgrading your machine to 8GB would cost a lot of money for a very minimal speed increase, so unless you're doing lots of heavy-duty video editing in an app which specifically benefits from tons of RAM, I would hold off upgrading it until you've done a clean OS install in order to see how that affects performance.

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First I would max out memory and then install a larger and faster hard drive. That's about all you can do with a Unibody and I probably wouldn't replace the drive unless I needed the space. Ralph

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mine maxes at 8gb

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If the Book's not running the way it should you may need to defragment and optimize the hard drive. A good tool for that is Micromats Techtool Pro, http://www.micromat.com/index.php?option...

If you haven't upgraded to Snow Leopard you might consider it as it is much faster and only takes half the space that 10.5.8 did.

The Western Digital 320 GIG Scorpio Black is a 7200 drive and gives a nice speed bump. If you have the bucks a solid state drive is an option. As rj said, max the ram.

Hope that helps.

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have a 320 5400

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and snow lepoard

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