RAM up your refurbished MacBook

Lisa Wood
23 July, 2014
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Refurbished MacBook, apple, mresell, macworld australiaWhy not boost your refurbished MacBook by upgrading the RAM?

Random access memory, or RAM, is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to upgrade your refurbished MacBook, and it can also be one of the most effective. Upgrading your RAM will not necessarily make your apps run faster, but what it does is increase the capacity for having apps open and switching between them. Also, it makes more sense to upgrade your RAM if you use memory-hogging apps like Photoshop or GarageBand, than if you are simply using Pages and Spotify. Nonetheless, whichever apps you are using, you should feel a decent boost in the overall speed if you upgrade.

Usually Macs come preinstalled with either 2 or 4GB of RAM, which may not be enough for many. Installing more RAM means your Mac can handle more apps at once, making opening and jumping between apps much faster.

Finding your new RAM

To learn how to install memory is a simple procedure, but it is important to purchase memory that suits your Mac and install it correctly for optimum performance. These systems may also utilise more RAM than is officially supported. Click on the link below to head to the Apple Support page for your MacBook from 2010 and before.

Note: Upgrading your RAM should not void the warranty on your Mac providing that you use compatible RAM and follow the correct procedure.

2010 MacBook (13in, Mid 2010)
2009 MacBook (13in, Late 2009)
White models:
MacBook (13in, Mid 2009)
MacBook (13in, Early 2009)
2008 MacBook (13in, Aluminium, Late 2008)
Black or white models:
MacBook (13in, Late 2008)
MacBook (13in, Early 2008)
2007 Black or white models:
MacBook (13in, Late 2007)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007)
2006 Black or white models:
MacBook (13in Late 2006)
MacBook (13in)

How to Install RAM Guide

After your have identified your MacBook model, head to Apple Support for a step-by-step easy guide on how to install memory.

If you have any troubles when performing this simple upgrade, or you don’t feel comfortable enough opening up your Mac, then you can always take it in to a professional to get the job done for you. There are a number of Apple resellers and third-party stores that will be able to help, usually for a low fee.

Where you can buy RAM?

For memory upgrades up to 16GB for refurbished MacBooks and MacBook Pros online stores, such as MacFixit, have prices starting from at $29.99.

Before you know it, you’ll have your MacBook Pro running faster than ever. With your new RAM, those heavy apps that slowed down your machine will run much more smoothly.

If you are interested in purchasing a refurbished MacBook. Head to mResell for great prices on second-hand Macs.


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