Installing, Upgrading RAM in Macbook Pro
This was probably the most painless process I've had to go through with a laptop in order to replace a component, and I think this was the first time a computer came with instructions on replacing and upgrading parts in the user manual.
The late 2011 Macbook Pro's support 1333MHz memory modules, which is what I set out to buy. I picked up 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair memory for something like $46 on Newegg... now the fun part, waiting! (NOT)
From package to installed took about 10-15 minutes because I spent some time looking around the guts as this was the first Mac I've opened up... needless to say the process is quick and easy.
Here are all the parts that were required:
-Precision Phillips screwdriver
A lot, right?
The 10 screws you see under the laptop need to come out... I'll let you figure that one out yourself.
After the screws are out, the back plate simply lifts off and you're left with:
Here are the RAM modules:
To take out the modules, simply push the small plastic clips holding them to the sides, first the top module comes out, then the second one comes out.
The new modules go in just as easy as they come out, just make sure they are seated all the way in... just don't try to hard and break them.
Replace the back plate, replace the screws, boot. Houston, we have lift off (hopefully):
Once the computer boots, go to System Preferences - > About This Mac and make sure the system sees all 8GB (in my case).
Quick and simple, right?
If you need help finding or choosing the RAM, feel free to ask our members in the Hardware Forum
A quick disclaimer just in case: if you break it, you can't hold me responsible.
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