5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2011 6:17 PM by stedman1
Kathy Kendall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and have read that I can't add any more memory.  It currently has 2GB which is as much as this MacBook can handle.

If I add a big hard drive, can I then add more memory or will that make any difference?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,755 points)

    Kathy Kendall wrote:

     

    I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and have read that I can't add any more memory.  It currently has 2GB which is as much as this MacBook can handle.

    If I add a big hard drive, can I then add more memory or will that make any difference?

     

    Sorry, no, the maximum amount of RAM for your model of MacBook is 2gB. The hard drive can certainly be upgraded to a larger size, but it will not change the maximum RAM amount.

     

    Stedman

  • MacJoseph Level 3 Level 3 (595 points)

    Kathy

     

    It looks like 2GB is the max on your machine. Adding a larger HD will make no difference. Are you running low on memory? What programs do you have starting on login. You can check by going to sys prefs. accounts and looking under login items. Do you have a lot of application processes running in the background? You can also open Activity Monitor and show all processes click on the memory tab to show which apps are using the most memory. There is a program called iFreeMem it is a sharware program. I use it sometimes, it will free up some memory.

     

    Joseph

  • Kathy Kendall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had turned my laptop over to a friend who is an IT guy because I was having Quickbooks problems.  I am running VMWare Fusion and Windows XP.  He installed Windows 7 and Office 8 on the Fusion side.  I didn't need Office on the Fusion side because I have it on my Mac.  It was all running so slow it was abominable!  I took off Office  8 and it was still slow, so I finally took off Windows 7 and reinstalled Windows XP and my Quickbooks program.  It seems to be running fine now.  I took his advice to install a bigger hard drive.  He said it would speed things up.  Now I'm wondering if I even needed to...

  • MacJoseph Level 3 Level 3 (595 points)

    It would only speed things up depending on how fast the HD reads and writes.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,755 points)

    Hi Kathy: The slowness may indeed have been a product of your original Hard Drive being too full. But the good news is that hard drive space, like money and chocolate, you can never have too much.


    Stedman