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MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide

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MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide - Upgrade Your Intel MacBook Pro

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If your MacBook Pro seems to be underperforming, it may be time for an upgrade. More RAM or a larger or faster hard drive can put the zip back in your MacBook Pro. If you're ready to consider an upgrade, the first step is to find out what upgrades your MacBook Pro supports. The upgrade options depend on the specific model you have.

MacBook Pro Model History

Introduced in 2006, the MacBook Pro replaced the G4-based PowerBook line of Mac notebooks. The MacBook Pro was originally equipped with the Intel Core Duo processor, a 32-bit architecture that was replaced in subsequent models with 64-bit processors from Intel.

The MacBook Pro lineup has gone through some distinct changes in how upgrades are performed. The 2006 and 2007 models required an extensive, though relatively easy to perform, chassis disassembly to gain access to the hard drive or optical drive. Replacing memory or the battery, on the other hand, was a very simple process.

In 2008, Apple introduced the unibody MacBook Pro. The new chassis made memory and hard drive replacements a simple process that users could perform in a short time frame, with just one or two screwdrivers. Battery replacement is a bit of a conundrum, though. Although Apple presents them as non-user-replaceable, the batteries are actually easy to swap out. The problem is that Apple used unusual screws to secure the batteries in place. If you have the proper screwdriver, which is available from multiple outlets, you can easily replace the battery yourself. Be aware, though, that Apple won't cover the unibody MacBook Pro under warranty if the battery has been replaced by anyone other than an Apple-approved technician.

Find Your MacBook Pro Model Number

The first thing you need is your MacBook Pro model number. Here's how to find it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select 'About This Mac.'
  2. In the 'About This Mac' window that opens, click the 'More Info' button.
  3. The System Profiler window will open, listing your MacBook Pro's configuration. Make sure the 'Hardware' category is selected in the left-hand pane. The right-hand pane will display the 'Hardware' category overview. Make a note of the 'Model Identifier' entry. You can then quit the System Profiler.

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