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2012 MacBook Pro upgrade advise please

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by basktm, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

    One for you computer tech guys.

    I have a 2.9g i7 MacBook Pro mid 2012 and looking to upgrade. (Serial C1MKW5CGDTY4)

    So the questions are

    1. Which ram is best, looking at the 16g(2x8) of the hyperX 1600mhz (is this the fastest it will take ? )

    2. Slightly more complicated this one, SSD, which one ? Is there really much difference, looking at these

    Check out this Idea List on Amazon: macbook upgrade by Scotty http://amzn.eu/1uFP60L

    Any better/worse ?

    3. Single SSD and leave cd drive, duel SSD running parallel or duel SSD running raid 0
    (I understand the loss and it’s fine, I will use the 1t sata as a constant back-up)

    If I go duel running raid, will 1tb work or will I need 2tb as I understand SSD’s need empty space.

    All about speed for Adobe LR/PS and Premier Pro

  2. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

    Any help please
  3. Feek


    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 26,626

    Location: In the radio shack

    1) On a laptop this age, I don't think you'll really notice any difference between different types of memory.
    2) Same as above really, any SSD will give you a massive improvement in performance.
    3) I'd go with a single SSD because it's the easiest upgrade. Backup via Time Machine over your LAN and it'll just happen in the background without you needing to worry about it.
  4. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

    Perfect, thank you
  5. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 6,756

    Location: La France

    What Feek said.

    RAM speed won’t make a difference, but if it has less than 16GB, put 16GB in it.

    HDD>SSD makes a night and day difference on any older MBP.
  6. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

    Thanks, good to know about ram speed, yes maxing it at 16g.
  7. Besty


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,166

    The Crucial SSD's have known to play very nicely and thats what I used in my macbook.
  8. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

  9. Colonel_Klinck


    Joined: Oct 3, 2007

    Posts: 920

    Location: London, UK

    I removed the DVDR from my old 2011 MBP and installed a Crucial SSD. Made night and day difference in performance.
  10. basktm


    Joined: Jul 30, 2011

    Posts: 30

    I’m still thinking of this, going with the simple hard drive for ssd option first but want to replace that with another as well
  11. manic111


    Joined: Jul 1, 2007

    Posts: 15,276

    Location: Various

    I replaced the HDD with an SSD in my 2011 MBP and it's still going strong at 8 years old (think it's still rocking 4gb RAM as well and it's fast enough although a bump wouldn't go amiss!). Highly recommended upgrade.