Thank you. I see that the upgrade is only $20 in the app store. A new laptop Macbook Pro is a few dollars more than that. This thing runs fine. I may just clean the slate one of these days. And then hopefully I will get a new one and hand this one to a family member. All I do is manage my music, surf thee interent, email, watch videos, and share my bad jokes with friends. Sometimes it just seems slow. I thought I would backup, and then erase everything , then upgrade to the Mountain Lion and see if this thing would behave like it used to. Maybe that should be my question. How do I make this Macbook Pro run like when I got it? But thank you all for being so helpful!
Eustace? So your laptop was pretty much identical to mine? What SSD did you use? I would like to look into doing that because my laptop had a lot of work done to it, new screen and other main components , and it will be a while before I look to spend $3000. : ) I am told that 4 Gb of ram is max as well but , never thought about the benefits of a solid state drive.
I selected this on price alone - the local Tigert Direct had a 50% off promotion.
Intel ICH8-M AHCI:
Product: ICH8-M AHCI
Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
Negotiated Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
Physical Interconnect: SATA
Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
Capacity: 160.04 GB (160,041,885,696 bytes)
Model: INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GN
I made the switch to SSD after I read an article in Macworld on how to soup up a Mac Mini. In a nutshell, the article said increasing RAM was effective. No surprise. But the reviewer was blown away by the boost an SSD provided.
I went ahead and installed an SSD in my Mini. I too was blown away. So it was a no brainer to upgrade the MBP as well.
And you do know Apple no longer offers a 17" portable?
Yes,, I guess 2011 was it for the 17" . I suppose I use an extra monitor just the same even though I own a 17". But I think that bigger is better . I see that they sell refurbished 17".
Thank you for that info on the SSD . I will check it out. I dont have any discs for my MBP. I think I will need it wont I to replace the drive? I am so not up to speed with this stuff sorry. : )
Post back when you are ready to do the switch. No, you won't need the OS disks (10.6) since the easy way to do this is to clone the existing drive. You will need an inexpensive (~ $10) piece of hardware to temporarily house the new drive. And when you upgrade to 10.8 you will have to buy that, cost is $20.00.