5 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2012 7:43 AM by justinapple
justinapple Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, my Macbook has a capacity of 150gb and im consistently running at 20gb (majority of use if music, photos and videos etc). How do i increase this capacity?

Also is it worth adding more memory. It has 2gb with about 1gb free?


Are they difficult things to do? Or just a case of buying an asking Apple shop to fit for me?


You advice much appreciated.


Thank you

  • aperturedev Level 1 (0 points)

    1. To replace your internal hard disk, you can buy a 2.5" SATA Internal HDD at your local computer hardware store. I personally replaced my 250GB one with a 500GB one. It cost about $100.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook-Unibody-Model-A1342-Hard-Drive-Replacement/1 670/1.



    2. To replace the RAM, simply follow the instructions at ifixit.com. Depending on your usage pattern, 2GB may or may not be enough for you. If you:


         a) Simply browse the web, read email and edit documents, 2GB is enough.

         b) Play some games, do graphics designing with Adobe Suites or other software, you may consider the upgrade to 4GB.


    Depending on your macbook model, the computer may or may not support 8GB of ram, but most people don't need that much.

  • keith contarino Level 1 (5 points)

    IInterestingly, Apple says no Macbook will support more than 4GB Ram but the youtube video has the dude installing 8GB.

    Ram is so cheap at Crucial and OWC, and so easy to install, do it yourself. If you have last Macbook made, be sure to keep tract of the 8 screws as they are of different lengths and will drive you crazy putting it back together

  • steve359 Level 6 (13,292 points)

    Go to "Apple Menu > About this Mac > More Info" ... mine is "MacBookPro8,2" below ...


    Screen shot 2012-05-15 at 12.01.07 AM.png


    Then you can use "everymac.com" and enter the "model identifier" to see more information about the full extendability of your Mac,  Apple's original specifications are based on available RAM at the time of original sale or availability of "reasonably priced" RAM at time of original sale.  "everymac" lists currently-tested capabilities af your mac.

  • justinapple Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your reply.


    I have a:


      Model Name:          MacBook

      Model Identifier:          MacBook5,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          2 GHz


    It seems looking at everymac.com that 160gb is the recommended size (although mine says capacity 150gb).

    So would it be ok to uncrease to 250gb?


    Another post to my questions it states that 2gb Memory is fine for what i do ie email, surfing etc. Would you recommend keeping at this?



    Thanks for your help.

  • justinapple Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. I have taken on board the Ram advice.

    My computer is a:


      Model Name:          MacBook

      Model Identifier:          MacBook5,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          2 GHz


    I have 150gb. Would it be fine to increase this to 250gb and keep at 2gb RAM?


    Thank you