Upgrade my Macbook Pro 17" with solid state drive and RAM?

My MBP is a 17" mid-2009, 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory  4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512 MB.
I am an architecture student. I use 3D modeling programs like SketchUp, Revit, AutoCad, etc. According to these software websites, my MBP is sufficient. However, when I'm running these programs, I get the apple "beach ball" a LOT, along with a lot of lagging even when I'm working on simple models. After doing some research, it appears that upgrading my RAM to 8GB (my model's max capability) and buying a solid state drive would help my MBP run much faster and much cooler.
My questions:
1. What brand and exact product #/link to this (if possible) of RAM (2 x 4GB sticks) and SSD should I purchase?
2. Which SSD GB option should I purchase? I chatted with OWC online and was given this variety of SSDs.
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/SSD/Mercury_Electra_3G_Solid_Sta te
3. I was also given this product bundle recommendation. It's cheaper than buying everything individually, but I'm not sure if I need the tools and I don't understand the purpose/advantage of having the "OWC Express Silver Enclosure".
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/YSSDMP240/
I just want my MBP to run as fast as possible while running my modeling software w/o spending an arm and a leg if possible. But I don't know if it's worth the trouble and expense to upgrade my current MBP, which I love, or just getting a new MBP or Mac desktop. And if I should just get another Mac, I don't know which one I should get.
Another thing I have seen is the Mac Mini. Is it possible to plug this or any other external device to my MBP in order to accomplish my performance goals without having to modify my MBP or buy another Mac?
This is the first time I've posted any help questions to the Apple Support Community. I really appreciate any advise you Mac experts can give me. I called one of the Apple Stores, but I was definitely not satisfied with the inexperienced rep's answers.
Thanks!

1. OWC or Crucial are recommended sources for memory. You can usually find a 5% off and free shipping code for Crucial on retailmenot.com. On crucial just key in your system information in their memory selector.
2. Your system likely supports SATA II speeds, so the SSD OWC pointed to would work. I installed one in our 2010 mac mini and it's working well. I originally installed their 6G drive however it ran at SATA I speeds. Turns out the 3G which is specd for SATA II is what was needed and works fine.
3. The OWC package they recommended includes a case to put your existing hard drive in. That helps to be able to transfer your data back to the SSD then you can use it as a backup drive or as an external storage device.

Similar Messages

  • Considering a MacBook Pro... solid state drive for high altitude?

    My 2.5 year old 13" MacBook just crashed its second HD in five months! I think it's time for a new setup, and I'm considering a MacBook Pro.
    I'm an amateur photographer, and I use my computer almost exclusively for Photoshop, editing & printing large photos.
    Here's what I need:
    - LOTS of space for graphics files
    - speedy to keep up with Photoshop (not editing movies, though)
    - large, high resolution screen (but doesn't have to be 24")
    - durable... I'm tired of crashes, and our altitude (above 7000') makes me consider going to a solid state drive... Would I get considerably less space to store files that way?
    - portable would be nice, but less important than durable... I'd buy an iMac plus a mini laptop if Mac offered something like the 9"!
    Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

    iMac + MacBook Air (or 13" MBP?)!
    haha! That would be nice, but probably overkill for my purposes. If we went with the iMac instead of MBP, I might look for a glorified handheld for internet access and photo & document viewing (at least) on the road.
    Kappy wrote:
    Your altitude is not a relevant factor. Typical notebook hard drives (not SSDs) have a maximum operating altitude above 30,000 feet.
    That's reassuring, as far as bringing a new computer up here. We hadn't had any crashes in the last decade, but we've had three since we moved up here a year ago. (The first was my brother's laptop when he came for Christmas.) We aren't throwing around our computers by any means. The only other difference (besides environment) is more usage hours, as I've started using Photoshop, and more JPG & PNG files on the disk. None of those would have affected my brother's laptop, though.
    Would the iMac have better resistance than a laptop to whatever might be causing the crashes, whether it's the environment or usage issues?
    Message was edited by: Pato7456

  • Can i install samsung 850 pro 1 tb solid state drive in my "macbook pro 2012 mid".

    Hi, anyone know. can i install samsung 850 pro 1 tb solid state drive in my "macbook pro 2012 mid". any compatibility issues?

    "In addition to TRIM, I just stumbled on this discussion. One of the posters is having some odd difficulties with that combination."
    Yup and that's why I've avoided any 3rd party SSDs.
    I only deal with:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC
    I've done 6 so far and no problems at all; formatting, installing nothing. Total no brainer. I did have a small formatting problem on my last one but I called them and solved the problem before the guy got on the phone. He immediately offered a return sticker (RMA) but I didn't need it and the MBP is running fine.

  • Just upgrade my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 to Mountain Lion and tried to connect with Apple TV 3th gen. through Airplay and couldn't mirrorring video on my LG Smart TV screen.   Just paid US 99.00 for Apple TV plus US 19.99 to Mountain Lion for nothing  @?$%

    Just upgrade my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 to Mountain Lion and tried to connect with Apple TV 3th gen. through Airplay and couldn't mirrorring video on my LG Smart TV screen.
    Just paid US 99.00 for Apple TV plus US 19.99 to Mountain Lion for nothing  @?$%& !!!!
    Back again to mini display to hdmi cable.
    could you help me????

    It is stated that mirroring requires recent hardware (2011 or later)
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5404
    However you can still use 3rd party solutions like Airparrot which do it via software

  • I have a 13" mac book pro with a 250 gb solid state drive and I would like to put in a larger one is this possible

    I own a Mac book Pro 13" it has a 250 gb solid state drive and I would like to put a larger one in is this possible.

    You don't need to partition your drive to run Fusion, only if you want to run Bootcamp.
    If you have space on your Windows partition, I would suggest you backup your Windows partition, and then, delete the partition using Disk Utility.
    You can now restore your virtual machine to a single volume or repartition if you prefer.
    I would consider upgrading to a unibody MBP (used, refurbished will do) just to be able to access the HD. Opening the pre-unibody MBP is not something you would want to do.

  • Best Way to Create Multiple Partitions on Macbook Air 13" 2012 solid state drive (256GB)

    I just bought a Macbook Air 13" 2012 solid state drive (256GB) w/ 8GB Ram and I would like to be able to dual boot to Windows 7 and have a 3rd partition to share files between both Operating Systems. Can someone point me in the right direction, recommend partition sizes, pros and cons etc.? Should i bother with the 3rd partition or just by an external HD?
    FYI,I will mainly be using the MBA for programming in Visual Studio 2010 and some ios development. Thanks in advance.

    This, for example:
    OS X: "Some features of Mac OS X are not supported for the disk (volume name)" appears during installation

  • I upgraded my MacBook Pro to 10.6.8 today and now it hard crashes the OS when I plug in my iHome USB Keyboard!!!

    I upgraded my MacBook Pro to 10.6.8 today and now it hard crashes the Operating System when I connect my iHome USB keyboard.  I get a window that states I must press the power button until the computer shuts down and then restart.  On reboot sends Panic Report to Apple with lots of USB error type stuff in it.  WORKED FINE UNTIL I UPGRADED TO 10.6.8 TODAY.

    Look here:
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/15533122#15533122

  • Hi, I just bought a new Macbook Pro 15" with SSD 256 Gb and its almost a brand new a while ago i was trying to connect to my home wireless network it said that your airport is not configured then I restarted the system but it didn't restart it shows the "

    Hi,
    I just bought a new Macbook Pro 15" with SSD 256 Gb and its almost a brand-new (the 4th time to use the device) a while ago i was trying to connect to my home wireless network it said that the connection is timed out so i clicked the airport sign on the top it said that your airport is not configured then I restarted the system but it didn't restarted it showed the grey screen with the apple logo and the spinning wheel for more than 10min so I tried the force shutdown by pressing the power button till it switched off I waited for 5min then pressed the power button to start or boot the system and again the grey screen with the apple logo and the spinning wheel, I waited for more than 20min nothing changed, any solution please?
    Your help is really appreciated"

    Thanks a lot i followed the instructions for safe mode (i found out that i was pressing the C button after restarting) i did whats written there but the repair couldn't be performed so in addition i needed to re-formate the HD so i erased the volume and then repaired the disk--> quite disk utilities --> start the installation from the installation DVD.
    Thanks really appreciating your help

  • What is the best way to partitioning Macbook Air 13" 2012 solid state drive

    What is the best way to partitioning Macbook Air 13" 2012 solid state drive.

    Tech,
    You don't provide enough information onto which anyone could reasonably formulate an answer.
    As mentioned, you don't indicate the circumstances that would warrant consideration of multiple partitions. Moreover, you also don't indoicate the size of the SSD in question.
    Like Fred said, ordinarily you leave it alone as one. Some people like to keep data and the OS/apps separate, but it is for specific reasons.

  • Install DVD onto MacBook Pro 13" with NO DVD Drive

    My son has a MacBook Pro 13" with no DVD drive.. He received iLife ON DVD.. What is the simplest way to get the contents of that dvd installed onto his macbook?
    Is there a way to download the ilife and just type in a serial # etc. from the DVD?

    You cannot download iLife from the Internet for free.
    Instead, you have two options to install iLife:
    1. Get an external DVD drive and use it to install iLife, or;
    2. If you have got another PC or Mac, use Remote Disc > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
    Note that your son's MacBook Pro already comes with iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, which are iLife apps. However, he needs the DVD to install iDVD and iWeb, in case he needs them

  • Has anyone ever installed OWC 1.0TB Aura Solid State Drive and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air 2012? Did it work out?

    Has anyone ever installed OWC 1.0TB Aura Solid State Drive and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air 2012? Did it work out?

    Has anyone ever installed OWC 1.0TB Aura Solid State Drive and Envoy Storage Solution for MacBook Air 2012? Did it work out?

  • 250gb solid state drive and 1TB on a second HD

    I have an iMac with a 250GB solid state drive and 1TB on a second HD. I have externals drives for photos and videos, but everything on my computer is on my SSD and it is full. How and what should I transfer to the HD2? I have deleted several apps and other files from the SSD.
    Can I move applications/programs to the HD2 or should they remain on the SSD?

    If you are happy having your applications in your SSD and performance is good, there's no reason to move them to the HDD because you will lose performance, as read and write tasks time are higher in a HDD.
    If your SSD is getting full, you can try to put data onto the HDD like movies, music or pictures. In most cases, you don't need an enormous performance for them unless they are for professional use, so they can be in the HDD without any problem. If you have them on an external drive, ignore this.
    If you are decided to put applications in the HDD, note that not all applications are supported. Most drag-and-drop apps (the ones that are installed by dragging them into Applications folder) are supported, but not other ones that come with an installer, like AutoCAD or Microsoft Office

  • How do I copy my operating system to a solid state drive and make it the disk I boot from?

    How do I copy my operating system to a solid state drive and make it the disc I boot from?

    Where is your operating system now? Basically, you clone it from wherever it is now to the SSD:
    Clone Lion/Mountain Lion using Restore Option of Disk Utility
    Boot to the Recovery HD:
    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.
    Select Disk Utility from the main menu then press the Continue button.
    Select the destination volume from the left side list.
    Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.
    Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag it to the Destination entry field.
    Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to the Source entry field.
    Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.
    Destination means the SSD. Source means the drive now holding OS X.

  • Can the internal drive be replaced with solid state drive?

    I have one of the original MB Air computers with an internal hard drive. Does Apple offer the option of upgrading to the solid state drive? If I did (and it is possible) would it run cooler?

    That said, you may be able to find a 3rd-party Apple Service Provider that would do it. Be sure to find someone certified. The MacBook Air isn't the easiest machine to work on.
    Going to an SSD would give you a performance boost, but I'm not sure it would help with heat that much.
    And there's the question of money. Spending the money an SSD + install may not be worth it on an original MBA.

  • MBP with solid state drive blank screen at start up

    Hello,
    I plugged in a USB 3 drive last night, the cursor changed shape into a blurring rectangle about 3 cursors wide that looked like a slot machine and wouldn't do anything else. I shut the lid, opened up and same. Shut it down and it won't get past a blank screen. It won't go into target mode.
    MDP 13 inch with retina display Solid state drive. Help?
    Mark

    I took the non optical drive MBP into Genius Bar at Apple Bridgewater, NJ. The guy was very well trained in how to make a logic board crash seem normal. It was applaudable. Seriously. Really good service. "Mind if I plug this into our system?", "Hmm, Let me try this drive" "Well, it did get on our system, let me run this diagnostic". "Look, your hard drive is there, that's a good sign".
    Me "Yes, but what is that red check mark next to power + - 5 volts?"
    Him, "Yes, do mind if I take this in the back and look inside?"
    Me, "Sure".
    On his return," So the inside looks very clean, no problems there but this looks like it  might be something that we would like to send to our repair facility in Tennessee. You see, if we put in one part and it doesn't fix it, we'd have to wait for another one. So we like to send these to a place that has all of the parts"
    I got it back in 4 days. New logic board, new SSD. Ah, the joys.
    Thanks for the responses, especially the SMC info and the PRAM reminder.

Maybe you are looking for

  • Null Value in af:SelectOneChoice

    HI, I want to fetch value from a selectone choice,in backing bean. following is my binding. <af:selectOneChoice value="#{bindings.ExcelVOCode.inputValue}" label="#{bindings.ExcelVOCode.label}" validator="#{FileProcessor.selectOneChoice_validator}" id

  • Web service client stubs generation

    Hi, I try to generated model for WebDynpro application based on Web service (deprecated). WSDL file is valid. Stub classes generation is completed with compilation error. I found that the generator builds strange method for CMapLayerField complex typ

  • How can you sync ipad 2 photos to pc not using the cable or icloud sync?

    How can you sync ipad 2 photos to pc not using the cable or icloud sync? Is there a way to do this via wi-fi network, How can you sync ipad 2 photos to pc not using the cable or icloud sync? Is there a way to do this via wi-fi network

  • Where's my "Power On" function?

    I just hooked up my Apple ADC/DVI adapter to link my 20" Cinema Display to my MacPro, and the "Power" glowing button just permanently glows now. I can't turn on my computer using this button anymore like I could with my G4. Is this right? I have chec

  • Embed fonts with -toPostScript

    I'm converting PDF to PS, making use of transparency flattening: $acroread -toPostScript -pairs myfile.pdf myfile.ps It works great, but the problem is that the fonts (while embedded) are not in a form which lends itself it modification. That is, I n