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Apple Mac Book Pro Upgradeability?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by geoboy333, 18 Sep 2011.

  1. geoboy333

    geoboy333 Sometimes I say something bright...

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    Hi Guys

    as some of you know I'm planning on getting a Mac Book Pro for uni to study music production.

    Therefore I'd be wanting a laptop that can handle quite intensive applications and VSTi/RTAS.

    I was wondering whether I'd be able to uprgade the mac book with these two items in order to make it better suited.

    2x http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-...0-(1066)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-7-7-7-20-150v

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-...25-95-mm-sata-ii-3gb-s-5400rpm-8mb-cache-55ms

    would that be possible? I realise I'd have to reinstall the OS but my main qeury is, would the Mac OS recognise 16GB of RAM?
     
  2. Cei

    Cei pew pew pew

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    Yes, you can easily swap RAM and HDs. Doesn't invalidate your warranty either, as long as you don't balls it up.
     
  3. CraigWatson

    CraigWatson Level Chuck Norris

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    As of Snow Leopard, OS X is 64-bit by default, so I'm almost certain it'll be fine with 16GB of RAM. From experience though, music production is more CPU-bound than RAM, as the effects you place on each channel have to be processed before they're fed through your audio board.

    You also shouldn't need to re-install the OS, you can create a backup of your OS using Time Machine (or do it the dirty way using Disk Utility and back up to a DMG) and then just restore back onto your new drive. I've upgraded my 160GB 5200rpm drive to a bog-standard 320GB 7200rpm with no issues so the 1TB WD should be fine :)
     
  4. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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  5. DaveMon

    DaveMon The end is nigh! Repent!

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    You can use carbon copier cloner to transfer to a new hard drive. Connect up the new drive using a usb caddie, I used this to transfer to my ssd. dead easy and copied over in about 20 minutes.
    Sent from Bittech Android app
     
  6. Hutchy

    Hutchy New Member

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    As Cei said, it's really easy to double your memory without paying Apple prices. Unscrew the small back panel and slot it in!
     
  7. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    What dave said - Carbon Copy Cloner is just the ticket to copy your drive. I did the same as him when I upgraded my MBP to an SSD and maxed out the memory to 8GB.

    If you want to know exactly what memory config / max addressable your particular MBP will have, take a trip to the Crucial site and use their memory advisor tool - either download their app to the machine when you get it, and let it do it's stuff, or select the correct MBP on the online system.
     
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    Madness_3d Bit-Tech/Asus OC Winner

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  9. geoboy333

    geoboy333 Sometimes I say something bright...

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    @faugusztin thanks, didn't realise that it was a two DIMM kit. drat. Is there a 16GB kit out there?
     
  10. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    AFAIK no. The first desktop 8GB modules are showing up (8GB server memory modules with ECC were present for long time), but i have yet to see a 8GB SO-DIMM DDR3 memory module.
     
  11. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    8gb is the maximum a MBP will take
     
  12. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Is that still the case? I know 8GB was the max on my MBP, but it's a 2009 model.
     
  13. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Well, there are simply no bigger memory modules, so your question is sort of pointless :).
     
  14. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    I've got the 2011 model & 8GB is the limit on mine
     
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  17. geoboy333

    geoboy333 Sometimes I say something bright...

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    tis handy but WTF $879 dollars?!!!?!!!?! thats nearly as much as the effin computer!
     
  18. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    The reason for that price is same as why 8GB DDR3 desktop modules are 170 euro per piece - low production volume so far, so the price is really high. It will come down in time.
     

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