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I have a late 2008 unibody macbook pro (2.4, 2gb and 250hd).  I'm looking to upgrade.  I'm looking at the Hitachi Travelstar 750gb/7200 HD and am reading that 8gb of RAM would work even though the limit suggest 4gb.  i'd love any advice or thoughts!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), late 2008. 2.4, 2gb and 250gb HD.
Reply by ds store on Jun 27, 2011 8:15 PM Helpful

The 15" 2008 Late can handle 8GB of RAM (Actual) 4GB (Apple)


The 17" 2008 Late can handle 6GB of RAM (Actual) 4GB (Apple)



Switching internal boot drive



Use a external Firewire Disk Utility HFS+ Journaled formatted drive (equal or larger than your new drive) and Carbon Copy Clone your present boot drive to the external.Repair permissions on both. Hold option and boot from the clone.


Switch your hard drives, option boot from the clone and follow thesteps above again to reverse clone onto the new drive.


Piece of fringing cake, and your drive gets optimized in theprocess.


Use the free OnyX to clean your system, optimize and maintenance,run all the cleaning and maintenance and reboot.



iFixit has instructions, OtherWorld computing has internal drives and tools. has your exact RAM specs.


Have at it.   Use the external drive as a backup clone.



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