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Upgrade Your Intel MacBook

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MacBook Upgrade Guide - Upgrade Your Intel MacBook

2009 MacBook.

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If you're thinking about upgrading your MacBook and wondering how difficult it might be, stop worrying. The MacBook is one of the easiest Macs to upgrade with more memory or a larger hard drive. The only disappointment is that the MacBook has only two memory slots. Depending on the model, you can add a maximum of 2, 4, 6, or 8 GB. You may also need to acquire small Philips and Torx screwdrivers to complete the upgrades. Check the user guide for your model, via the links below, for the screwdriver sizes you'll need.

Find Your MacBook Model Number

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

From the Apple menu, select 'About This Mac.'

In the 'About This Mac' window that opens, click the 'More Info' button.

The System Profiler window will open, listing your MacBook'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.

RAM Upgrades

Upgrading a MacBook's memory is generally one of the easiest upgrades going. All MacBooks have two RAM slots; you can expand RAM to as high as 8 GB, depending on which MacBook model you have.

Hard Drive Upgrades

Thankfully, Apple has made replacing the hard drive in a MacBook an easy process. You can use just about any SATA I or SATA II hard drive in any of the MacBooks. Be aware that there are some storage size restrictions; 500 GB on most of the plastic 2008 and earlier MacBook models, and 1 TB on the more recent 2009 and later models. While the 500 GB restriction seems to be correct, some users have successfully installed 750 GB drives. The 1 TB restriction may be artificially imposed, based only on currently available notebook hard drive sizes.

MacBook Models

Early 2006 MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 1,1

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 200-pin PC2-5300 DDR2 (667 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 2 GB total. Use matched pairs of 1 GB per memory slot.

Hard drive type: SATA I 2.5-inch hard drive; SATA II drives are compatible.

Hard drive size supported: Up to 500 GB

Early 2006 MacBook User Guide

MacBook Battery Replacement Guide

Memory and Hard Drive Installation Video

Late 2006 and Mid 2007 MacBooks

Model identifier: MacBook 2,1; late 2006 and mid 2007 models

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 200-pin PC2-5300 DDR2 (667 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 3 GB total. Use matched pairs of 2 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 2 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA I 2.5-inch hard drive; SATA II drives are compatible.

Hard drive size supported: Up to 500 GB.

Late 2006 MacBook User Guide

Mid 2007 MacBook User Guide

MacBook Battery Replacement Guide

Hard Drive Replacement Guide

Memory and Hard Drive Installation Video

Late 2007 MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 3,1; late 2007

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 200-pin PC2-5300 DDR2 (667 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 6 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA I 2.5-inch hard drive; SATA II drives are compatible.

Hard drive size supported: Up to 500 GB

Late 2007 MacBook User Guide

MacBook Battery Replacement Guide

Hard Drive Replacement Guide

Memory and Hard Drive Installation Video

2008 Polycarbonate MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 4,1; polycarbonate case models 2008

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 200-pin PC2-5300 DDR2 (667 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 6 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA I 2.5-inch hard drive; SATA II drives are compatible.

Hard drive size supported: Up to 500 GB

2008 Polycarbonate MacBook User Guide

MacBook Battery Replacement Guide

Hard Drive Replacement Guide

Memory and Hard Drive Installation Video

Late 2008 Unibody MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 5,1; polycarbonate case models 2008

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 204-pin PC3-8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 6 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA II 2.5-inch hard drive

Hard drive size supported: Up to 1 TB

Late 2008 Unibody MacBook User Guide

Hard Drive Installation Guide

Memory Installation Video

Early and Mid 2009 Polycarbonate MacBooks

Model identifier: MacBook 5,2; polycarbonate case models 2009

Memory slots: 2

Memory type (early 2009): 200-pin PC2-5300 DDR2 (667 MHz) SO-DIMM

Memory type (mid 2009): 200-pin PC2-6400 DDR2 (800 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 6 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA I 2.5-inch hard drive; SATA II drives are compatible.

Hard drive size supported: Up to 1 TB

Early 2009 Polycarbonate MacBook User Guide

MacBook Battery Replacement Guide

Hard Drive Replacement Guide

Memory and Hard Drive Installation Video

Late 2009 Unibody MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 6,1; polycarbonate case models 2009

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 204-pin PC3-8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 6 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA II 2.5-inch hard drive

Hard drive size supported: Up to 1 TB

Late 2009 Unibody MacBook User Guide

Hard Drive Installation Guide

Memory Installation Video

Mid 2010 Unibody MacBook

Model identifier: MacBook 6,1; polycarbonate case models 2010

Memory slots: 2

Memory type: 204-pin PC3-8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz) SO-DIMM

Maximum memory supported: 8 GB total. Use matched pairs of 4 GB per memory slot. Apple officially supports only 4 GB of RAM in these models.

Hard drive type: SATA II 2.5-inch hard drive

Hard drive size supported: Up to 1 TB

Mid 2010 Unibody MacBook User Guide

Hard Drive Installation Guide

Memory Installation Video

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