Best practices for upgrading MBP RAM and HDD?
November 30, 2012 5:01 PM Subscribe
[MACFILTER] Best way to upgrade my Mid-2009 MBP?
posted by Fuzzy Dog to computers & internet (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 17-Inch mid-2009 MacBook Pro that has been a true workhorse and champ over the past 3 years. I use it all day for work and in the evenings for entertainment. It's on ALL the time and gets 7-15 hours of use 5-6 days a week--editing video, photoshopping, coding, NetFlix marathons--you know the deal.
It's starting to get the random-spinning-beach ball a little to often and cleaning up the permissions is having less and less effect. The local Mac Guru say I should reinstall the OS on a clean slate and reload all the stuff I am using.
All the work of reinstalling and such on a clean install of the OS got me thinking, why not add an SSD and max out the RAM?
So my questions are:
Is this a good idea? Or a total pain in the ass?
Can I bring my apps and data back from my time machine backup? How?
Can you recommend online dealers and brands for SSD and RAM that you've had positive experiences with?
Can you point me to a complete walk through for swapping the drive and reinstalling 10.6.8?
If you're one of those master-tinker types, what suggestions and advice do you have for this endeavor?
Thanks in advance for all your help.