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Upgrading RAM and Flash Storage for higher capacity

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wclaudio Calculating status...
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Nov 8, 2012 2:13 PM

If I purchase a MacBook Pro with Retina Display with 8GB or RAM and 256GB Flash Drive, can I later upgrade the RAM and Flash Drive for higher capacity?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), SSD storage and 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)

    The "official" answer is that on the retina model MacBook Pros, the RAM and storage are not "user upgradable".  Having said that, I have heard/read that OWC is offering a storage upgrade option but installign it will most likely void any warranty/AppleCare you have one your machine.  I am not aware of any RAM upgrade options for the retina MBP models at this time.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)

    OWC does indeed offer a replacement storage card for the Retina. 480GB to the tune of $520.


    RAM and battery are soldered and glued on, cannot replace without royally fokkin up the logic board. Hence it is an Apple Only repair. One more reason to ensure the darn machine is covered with AppleCare, cause no battery lasts forever.

  • Walt Atwood3 Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to wclaudio)

    What about upgrading the "regular" MacBook Pro? (The 15-ich model that still has a DVD drive and FireWire port)


    I'm considering buying a new "regular" MBP to replace my aging 2007 15-in. MBP. Only one issue: the capacities of the newest "regular" MBP are more limited than the "retina" MBP. (If I'm not mistaken, the "regular" MBP is limited to a 500 GB flash drive and only 8 GB of RAM)


    Do aftermaket kits exist for installing higher-capacity flash drive and RAM into the "regular" MBP? If so, who is allowed to install them?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,500 points)

    NOT TRUE!  You may install 16 GB RAM and up to a 1.5 TB HDD in the new MBPs.  You may do it yourself unless your hands have 5 thumbs each. It voids the warranty on the installed parts, but not the rest of the MBP.  Usually RAM and HDDs have better warranties than the MBP.  Check the OWC website for your options.



  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)

    You do NOT buy RAM, HDDs or much less SSDs from Apple. RAM will be 30-50% more expensive, SSDs over 400% more expensive. Only things you MUST buy enough of from Apple is CPU speed and screen options.


    From 2.6GHz of CPU, you get the full 1GB of VRAM for the discrete GPU. And we recommend the widescreen/antiglare option if you plan to use the Mac in the Real World. The widescreen option may be a bit tiring to some, but you really REALLY want the antiglare and that's the only way of getting it. We're talking of the 15" platform, cause the 13" model is the digital equivalent of an eunuch......

  • Walt Atwood3 Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    Just to clarify...


    If I were to purchase a "regular" MacBook Pro (non-"retina", DVD drive, FireWire port, etc.) and seek aftermarket options for...


    (1: replacing the main RAM with 16 gigabytes of RAM (I understand that the newest "regular" MBP is limited to a BTO option of only 8 GB.)




    (2: replacing the hard drive with a larger-capacity aftermarket Solid State Drive, preferably one with a capacity of either 768 gigabytes or 1 terabyte.


    Do such aftermarket options exist for the newest "regular" MacBook Pro? Can this model handle 16 GB of RAM? If there are aftermarket kits available, who installs them?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,500 points)

    Let me repeat, go to the OWC website.  They have RAM options and HDD  options for the current (and prior) MBPs.


    Maximum RAM that can be installed is 16 GB for 2013  MBPs


    They have SSD options as well.  Expensive!


    You install them.  There are installation videos that give complete instructions on how it is done.  NOT rocket science.  Take a look.



  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    You don't need to purchase an SSD from OWC unless you want the horribly overpriced 960 GB model. Just about any 2.5-inch, 9 mm tall SSD will work in a Mac. The Crucial M4, Intel 335, and OCZ Vertex 4 are all just as capable and most of the time much, much cheaper than OWC. The installation process is the same, so you can use their videos if you need help.


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