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Troubleshooting ¶ 

Track down a number of hardware problems using the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Troubleshooting Guide.

Upgrades ¶ 

There are a number of components in the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 that can be cost effectively upgraded.

  • Memory: The MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 comes with 4 GB RAM standard, and accepts a maximum of 16 GB. If your MacBook Pro is still running with only the stock RAM, upgrading will provide a dramatic performance boost. You can upgrade to any combination of two 4 GB or 8 GB modules for 8, 12, or 16 GB of total RAM.
  • Hard Drive: 500 or 750 GB hard drives came standard with the Late 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody. You can easily upgrade the drive to 750 GB, 1 TB or a lightning-fast solid state drive. For a full list of available upgrade options, check out our selection of MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 hard drives. Be advised, at the moment you need to use a piece of software to enable trim, called Trim Enabler—this involves some risk.
  • Additional Storage: With the growing popularity of flash memory and cloud storage, you may find yourself rarely using the SuperDrive in your MacBook Pro. The optical drive can easily be replaced with a second hard drive or SSD using an optical bay hard drive enclosure. When installed, your additional hard drive will mount on your desktop just like an external hard drive.
  • Battery: The battery is certainly replaceable, even though Apple doesn't consider it to be "user serviceable." Unscrew twelve screws, unplug the battery connector, and the battery can be removed!

Identification and Background ¶ 

The MacBook Pro 13" Unibody is clearly differentiated from other MacBook Pros by its smaller size. However, it does resemble its larger siblings, the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody and the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

Use the laptop identification system to help you identify your machine. MacBook Pros tend to look very similar, and it's important to know which machine you have before ordering any replacement parts.

The MacBook Pro was first introduced in January of 2006. Since then, Apple has fairly consistently released two new versions every year, each with improved specs and features than the one before.

Like all of their products, Apple says the MacBook Pro is not user-serviceable, but this laptop is fairly straightforward to take apart. It does have a lot of components smashed together very precisely, but getting to the components requires only some unscrewing.

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