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April 30, 2020 at 11:14:13
Specs: XP pro / Windows 10 / Mac Osx Yosemite, 3.013 GHz / 3326 MB
Hi Guys and Gals,
Just thought I'd pop in to say Hello. I haven't been here in a long time. I do check in from time to time to see what's going on. My latest project was upgrading my Mid 2012 Macbook Pro. I upgraded the Ram to 16 gigs. It came with 4. I installed a 500 gig SSD and removed the old drive after cloning. Also decided to replace the battery. It used to take about a minute and a half to boot, now boots in thirty seconds. A worthy upgrade. I hope all of you are staying safe and doing well.


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April 30, 2020 at 13:18:29
Yup that’s more or less wot I dun with my late 2010 model about four years ago. Replaced the battery a few months ago as it finally died a death and the system wouldn’t boot up, unless on mains power (and the battery simply wouldn’t charge regardless).

Oddly when I upgraded Mavericks to High Sierra (bypassing everything else in between) until I replaced the battery, the upgrade wouldn’t complete.... Installed a new battery (from a vendor on the big river company) and it went ahead like clockwork.

Sadly my model MacBook won’t run anything higher than High Sierra - doesn’t a required graphics chip.

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April 30, 2020 at 14:00:51
Hey guys,

You've piqued my interest.

My daughters both have older Macbook Pros. I'm not sure how old, but at least 6 years.

Do you know of a "How-To" on doing the types of upgrades you've done? Parts list, sources, etc?

In a former life I was a hardware tech - anything from PC's to data center disk farms to mega-watt 15KV-DC vacuum tube transmitters - but not necessarily in that order. ;-)

Now I make sawdust (beds, bookcases, decks) but replacing some hardware in a Mac certainly isn't something I'd shy away from.

Two of my most recent projects:

A 5' bench for a dining room table

A cribbage board with hidden storage

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April 30, 2020 at 14:31:56
Are they unibody models - the metal case type?

Actual model would be more than useful here.

If you look at the about this Mac on each one it will tell you the model etc.

Likewise running the scanner will confirm which type of RAM to install.

Crucial downloads/installs a wee utility - quite safe - and that scans/generates the report.

With model number etc. It will be easier to point you to a decent how to, or post it here.

The unibody models which have removable drives are very easy to upgrade as you already know. Later MacBooks had hardwired (soldered to the motherboard) drives and they’re well nigh impossible to upgrade the drive, and similarly RAM

But post model types/numbers and then more specific info. can be proffered.


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April 30, 2020 at 15:55:18
Hi Derby Dad. I got all my info from youtube. Many tutorials on there. I got the upgrade kit from Ifixit. The memory from Amazon. I used a program called Super Duper to clone the drive. Worked like a charm. I fixit kit includes the tools to do the upgrade. Good Luck with it.

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April 30, 2020 at 16:00:50
Hi Trvir, I have a mid 2012 unibody 13" Macbook Pro. Apple goes by years too. I just Googled Mid 2012 Macbook upgrade and that produced plenty of info, including the Ram type, battery and instructional videos on youtube. I bought the upgrade kit from Ifixit. A Great site for info. I used a Crucial 500 gig SSD. But that depends on how much space you need, naturally. It's like night and day after the upgrade.

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April 30, 2020 at 20:11:06
Thanks. One device is about 200 miles from where I'm sitting, the other is 8 times that distance, so I won't be looking at them tonight. ;-)

I ask the girls to give me that information on the morrow.

Thanks again.

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May 1, 2020 at 03:04:38
@ DD03..

Just to clarify:

Top left of the Apple display/screen is the Apple logo. They click on that and then "about this Mac".

It will show model and date of it and a few other basis (processor and RAM installed to date) and a serial number.

That ought to be enuff to determine if the laptop(s) can be upgraded - or not; hopefully they can. If the can then it's usually a simple job to get inside and do the deeds...

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May 3, 2020 at 05:35:16
I'll have them do that and post back.

It's probably to early to ask this, but any kind of range would be fine...

What do you think it would cost to have an independent tech (not the Apple Store) do the upgrades for them?

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May 3, 2020 at 09:46:09
If it takes more than an hour to make the swap... I’d be very surprised.

Key item is to have original drive cloned to new drive, before starting the physical opening of the case and removing original drive and installing the new one; and the RAM of course.The cloning is what takes time, and that can done (and the newly cloned drive tested to confirm it will boot ok) beforehand. If the cloning is done prior to any techie... intervention then the whole physical stuff is no more than an hour?

Until we know exact model though It’s not really easy to give a likely/definite time factor, from which you might estimate the cost of a local techie to make the swap etc.?

If I was doing it, I would buy an Inatek 2.5 drive housing (usb-3) into which to briefly install the new drive. That will then connect to the laptop safely to allow clone routine. I have several Inatek housings and can link you to the one I use if needs-be?

After the drives have been swapped, that housing will hold the original drive... which can be preserved as is, or refortasted for external storage/backups?

With the new drive installed in its temporary (Inatek) home it will be relatively easy to guide your daughters through the clone process; thus saving time and techie charges?

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May 6, 2020 at 10:11:49
Well, I didn't know it, but we're down to one Mac. The Denver unit is no longer in use.

Here's the specs on the one that's still around. Any thoughts would be most welcome.

OS X El Capitan
Version 10.11.6

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
Processor 2.7 Ghz Intel Core i5
Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Startup Disk Macintosh HD
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
Serial Number (If you really need it, I can provide it)

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May 6, 2020 at 11:50:18

DerbyDad03. I see that this model Mac has soldered in memory from the factory and can't be user upgraded. It could have only have been upgraded at the time of purchase. The second link is for a flash drive upgrade, but according to the prices, it probably wouldn't be worth it. There is no way to speed up this model. I would just use it as is. Good Luck.

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May 6, 2020 at 12:48:50
re: "I see that this model Mac has soldered in memory from the factory and can't be user upgraded. "

You must be assuming that I don't have one of these in the garage. ;-)

Thanks for looking that info up for me.

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May 6, 2020 at 16:16:00
I never thought about it. If you feel brave, go for it. Always happy to help.

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