Updating An Old Macbook Pro

View attachment 942701 This is the macbook I have now. It is old and slow, but I am wondering if it is worth updating anything so that I can gift it to my nephew. I think it is so old that I can add RAM, but only up to 8GB. It would also need a new battery.

How does the Sky Birdnew Apple MacBook Pro (2011 update) differ from the old MacBook Pro? The fact that the 2011 upgrade was a major upgrade from Apple has made many people wonder that. Even though the two look pretty similar, there is quite a lot of difference between the two.
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When it comes to computers, updated versions are always better than the previous versions (but obviously, with a few exceptions here and there). The recently introduced Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update is no exception. As we mentioned earlier, the new MacBook Pro looks a lot similar to the old version, and that isn’t surprising as the new model is more of an upgraded version in the MacBook Pro line – and not a redesigned version of this product. With Apple introducing quite a few state-of-the-art features as a part of its 2011 upgrade, the difference between the MacBook Pro 2011 update and its predecessor mainly revolves around their features.

Before we begin comparing the new MacBook Pro update with its predecessor, we need to tell you that this write-up is not about which is better among the two – it is but obvious that the new update boasts of ultimate supremacy over its predecessor. This write-up is about why the new MacBook Pro is better than the previous model, and we will be concentrating on the latest update and comparing its features with those of its predecessor.

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New MacBook Pro 2011 Update

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update, which was released in February 2011, is fully loaded with some of the most advanced technologies that we have been waiting for all this while. The new inclusions don’t just give the new MacBook an edge over its predecessor but also give it an edge over several other laptops that the tech arena has been flooded with recently. Some of the most amazing features rolled out as a part of the new MacBook Pro upgrade in February included the all-new Sandy Bridge processors, the Thunderbolt technology, new graphics processor, FaceTime technology, and so on. With all these features, each of which seems to be more than promising, up to its sleeves, the new update is bound to be better than the last update, which came in mid-2010.

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Old MacBook Pro and New MacBook Pro: Difference Explained

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Processor

The high-end Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the old MacBook Pro have been replaced by Intel’s all-new second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) processors, making the new MacBook Pro twice as fast as the previous version. In 13 inch models, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor has made way for new i5 and i7 processors. Similarly, the 15 and 17-inch models come with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor instead of the Intel Core i5 processor used in the 2010 MacBook Pro.

GPU

Along with the new processors, the new MacBook Pro also has new graphics processing unit on board. The NVIDIA GeForce 320M in the 13 inch Mac is replaced by Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has been replaced by AMD Radeon HD 6490M and AMD Radeon HD 6750M in 15 and 17-inch models, respectively. The new graphics unit, which comes as a part of the 2011 MacBook Pro update, boasts of being three times better than the units used previously.

RAM and Storage

All the new Pro models have a RAM of 4GB onboard, and their storage capacity has been increased. The 13-inch base version now sports a 320GB HDD instead of the 250GB HDD used previously, and the higher-end version sports a 500GB HDD in place of the 320GB HDD used previously. The same has also been seen in 15 inches and 17-inch models – wherein the 320GB HDD storage has been replaced with 500GB HDD storage, and 500GB HDD has been replaced with 750GB HDD.

OS and Connectivity

The new MacBook Pro also comes with two new attractions in the form of the all-new Mac OS X Lion and the Thunderbolt technology. The OS X Lion, Version 10.7, brings a range of new features – right from AirDrop to Mail 5 to the MacBook Pro. The Thunderbolt, the same Light Peak technology that was making rounds of the rumor mill, is a connectivity technology that Apple has developed in collaboration with Intel. At 10 gigabytes per second, the Thunderbolt is 20 times faster than its predecessor – the USB 2.0. The introduction of this technology in new MacBook Pro models has earned it the title Thunderbolt MacBook Pro.

Other Noteworthy Features

With the addition of a FaceTime HD camera, the new model facilitates 720p high-definition video calling. The 2011 MacBook Pro also boasts of improved battery life of 7 hours, multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, etc. The optical disc drive continues to exist, and DVD burning has just become faster in the new update. The best part of the new Apple MacBook Pro line-up is the fact that you get to customize your machine with all these amazing features.

But obviously, all these features come for some extra dollars. The base version of the new 13 inches MacBook Pro is priced at US$1,199, 15 inches starts at US$1799, and the 17 inches comes with a price tag of US$2,499. It may seem expensive, but a look at its tech specs and you realize that spending on buying the new MacBook Pro – which according to some tech wizards, is an apt replacement for the desktop – is worth it.

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update, which was released in February 2011, is fully loaded with some of the most advanced technologies that we have been waiting for all this while. The new inclusions don’t just give the new MacBook an edge over its predecessor but also give it an edge over several other laptops that the tech arena has been flooded with recently. Some of the most amazing features rolled out as a part of the new MacBook Pro upgrade in February included the all-new Sandy Bridge processors, the Thunderbolt technology, new graphics processor, FaceTime technology, and so on. With all these features, each of which seems to be more than promising, up to its sleeves, the new update is bound to be better than the last update, which came in mid-2010.

Old MacBook Pro and New MacBook Pro: Difference Explained

Processor

The high-end Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the old MacBook Pro have been replaced by Intel’s all-new second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) processors, making the new MacBook Pro twice as fast as the previous version. In 13 inch models, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor has made way for new i5 and i7 processors. Similarly, the 15 and 17-inch models come with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor instead of the Intel Core i5 processor used in the 2010 MacBook Pro.

GPU

Along with the new processors, the new MacBook Pro also has new graphics processing unit on board. The NVIDIA GeForce 320M in the 13 inch Mac is replaced by Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has been replaced by AMD Radeon HD 6490M and AMD Radeon HD 6750M in 15 and 17-inch models, respectively. The new graphics unit, which comes as a part of the 2011 MacBook Pro update, boasts of being three times better than the units used previously.

RAM and Storage

All the new Pro models have a RAM of 4GB onboard, and their storage capacity has been increased. The 13-inch base version now sports a 320GB HDD instead of the 250GB HDD used previously, and the higher-end version sports a 500GB HDD in place of the 320GB HDD used previously. The same has also been seen in 15 inches and 17-inch models – wherein the 320GB HDD storage has been replaced with 500GB HDD storage, and 500GB HDD has been replaced with 750GB HDD.

Swapping out your old hard drive for a modern SSD is surprisingly affordable and results in 5X better performance: a reputable 500GB MacBook SSD can be had for around $150, while 1TB options are available for around $300 — both considerably cheaper than a new MacBook. It’s also surprisingly easy, even if you don’t know your way around the insides of a Mac.

Do I really need to upgrade my Mac hard drive?

Fitting a solid state drive in your MacBook Pro is a quick and simple way to boost performance but an upgrade might not always be needed.

If you only really use your Mac to browse the web and do some word processing, your current hard drive is probably fine. If your system feels a bit sluggish, try running CleanMyMac X first to clean away any resource-hogging junk. That might be the only fix you need (this way junk that is clogging up your system, such as old files, images, apps, duplicates and iPhone backups will be cleared away).

If, however, you’re noticing any of the following issues, an SSD upgrade will most certainly help:

  • Slow startup
  • Sluggish performance in resource-intensive apps such as Adobe Photoshop
  • System crashes
  • Permission denied errors to files that were previously fine

What to consider when choosing a MacBook Pro SSD

To reap the benefits of an SSD, you need a drive that’s up to the task. Here’s what to consider:

  • Read/write speed — SSDs are rated on their reading and writing speed. The higher the speed, the better the performance. Something in the range of 500MB/s and above is good, although actual speed will be about a third less than what’s advertised.

  • Memory — MLC (multi-level cell) and SLC (single-level cell) are the two options available. The former is cheaper and capable of holding more information but the latter is more reliable.

  • Capacity — Get as much space as you can afford. The greater the capacity of an SSD, the more it will benefit Mac performance.

  • Reliability — Read the reviews. See what the experts and other users say about SSD performance and reliability. You’ll typically find that brand name SSDs rank the highest. Samsung, SanDisk, Crucial, KingSpec, and Transcend are standout brands.

How to fit a new MacBook Pro SSD

Okay, let’s get down to business. SSD aside, here’s what you’ll need to fit your new hard drive:

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  • SATA-to-USB cable

  • Small Phillips screwdriver

  • Torx T6 screwdriver

Step 1: Format the SSD

To perform a MacBook Pro SSD upgrade you’re first going to need to clone your existing hard drive so that the new one runs like clockwork when it’s installed.

Before you do this, you should use CleanMyMac X to perform a Smart Cleanup. This will clear your system of any junk files so that they’re not transferred over unnecessarily. You can download CleanMyMac X for free, here.

Cloning the hard drive can be done with a tool such as SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cleaner, or with Apple’s own Disk Utility program. Here’s how to do it with the latter:

  1. Connect the SSD to your Mac using the SATA-to-USB cable.
  2. Go to Applications > Utilities and open the Disk Utility.
  3. Click on the SSD icon, followed by the Partition tab and select 'Partition 1' from the Partition Layout.
  4. Click on Options and select GUID Partition Table in the next window.
  5. Click on the First Aid tab, followed by Verify Disk Permissions.
  6. Click Verify Disk, followed by Repair Disk.
  7. Shutdown your MacBook and restart it, holding the Option key as you do. Choose the option to boot to Recovery Disk.
  8. Click on Reinstall Mac OS X and choose the SSD as the destination.
  9. Copy your files over from the installed hard drive to the SSD. When asked to restore files from another disk, choose the currently installed hard drive.
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Step 2: Remove the hard drive

Now it’s time to get hands-on.

Updating An Old Macbook Pro
  1. Make sure your MacBook is shut down.
  2. Locate and remove the 10 screws using the Phillips screwdriver. Put the screws in a small bowl so that you don’t lose any.
  3. Remove the cover and touch a metal part to release the static electricity.
  4. Locate the hard drive and remove the plastic bracket securing it. This is held in place with two screws.
  5. Gently remove the hard drive and disconnect the SATA ribbon. Do this by wiggling the connector. Don’t yank on the ribbon.
  6. Remove the four Torx screws attached to the hard drive and screw the posts into the SSD.

Step 3: Fit the SSD

  1. Carefully attach the SATA ribbon to the SSD and lower it in place.
  2. Fix the holding bracket back in place.
  3. Replace the MacBook cover and screw in the ten tiny screws.
  4. Switch on your MacBook Pro, go to System Preferences > Startup Disk and make sure the SSD is selected.
  5. Restart your computer.

Can I Upgrade An Old Macbook Pro

See, we told you it was easy!

Enjoy a faster, smoother MacBook Pro

A new SSD drive for your Mac will make an instant impact. Apps will launch faster, files will save quicker, and multitasking will be a much smoother experience. Use CleanMyMac X to regularly remove junk files from your system and you’ll enjoy slick performance for many a year to come.

Update An Old Macbook Pro

CleanMyMac X finds and removes junk files from your MacBook Pro to free up space and keep your system running to its full potential. Make it the first app you install on your new SSD!