MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 RAM Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Upgrade your RAM for an instant increase in speed.


Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 3 RAM  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 RAM  ¶ 

  • Release the tabs on each side of the chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM.

  • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

  • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 device page.

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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I bought and installed 4GB x2 RAM for my Mid 2009 15 inch MacBook Pro and it was easy and is working great. Before this I had 4GB and it was being maxed out. It was very easy. I did purchase the required tools which made it simple. I also swapped the battery at the same time. I am writing this from the same computer and it is working well. Good luck!

1tom2go, · Reply

I had no trouble installing the 4 GB RAM I bought for my Mid 2009 15 Inch MacBook Pro. The mistake I made though was not realising that my machine has two RAM slots. I only bought one chip! So now I have to buy another one.

If you read this before you buy some RAM, make sure you check how many slots your computer has!

Also, I must say the customer support from ifixit is great. I messaged them about this and some other issues I was having and I got a detailed response from them within a couple of days. Thanks guys!

oliverbarrand, · Reply

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