Home' LAPTOP Magazine : September 2010 Contents ❶ Upgrading the RAM
Finding RAM for a Mac is about the same as round-
ing it up for a PC. We used the Memory Advisor on
Crucial's site(www.crucial.com)to find the correct
RAM for our notebook.
a) Turn off and unplug your MacBook.
b) Locate battery release latches and slide them
both up. Remove the battery.
c) Touch the metal under the battery to discharge
any static electricity.
d) Using the Phillips head screwdriver, loosen(but
do not completely remove) the three screws
on the L-shaped bracket. Gently remove the
e) There are two tabs visible. Pull each one to the
side and slide out each old RAM module at a
f) Push the new RAM modules into the slots at a
25-degree angle until they lock into place.
g) Replace the L-shaped bracket by inserting the
short end first. Tighten the screws.
h) Reinsert the battery by lining up the gold contacts
first, then place it back in; the latch should lock
i) Fire up your notebook. Click on the Apple symbol
in the upper left corner and then select About
This Mac. If the upgrade worked correctly,
you'll see 2GB listed for memory. Should your
notebook fail to start up, check to make sure
the RAM is fully inserted.
❷ Upgrading the hard drive
When selecting a hard drive, be sure to look for
one that's compatible with Mac or both Mac and
Windows. If your hard drive works with both OS
flavors, you may want to completely reformat it after
installing it in your notebook, but before restoring
your system. It's not necessary, but doing this will
give you the maximum amount of free space on
the drive. Additionally, if you wish to transfer the
exact configuration and content on your old hard
drive to your new one, use an external drive to
back up via Time Machine.
Follow steps a through d for upgrading the RAM.
e) The hard drive is located to the left of the
RAM. Fish out the ribbon cable that's tucked
in around it.
f) Gently rock the hard drive case back and forth
to remove it.
g) Disconnect the touchpad, keyboard, and hard
drive ribbon cables from the logic board.
h) Using the Torx screwdriver, remove the four
screws holding the hard drive in place.
i) Lift the drive out of the computer and disconnect
the hard drive cable.
j) Screw the shield onto the new hard drive. Make
sure the connectors are not covered by the
k) Insert the drive straight into the open bay and
reconnect the logic board ribbons.
l) Replace the L-shaped bracket and reinsert the
battery as detailed above.
m) Turn on your MacBook. If the hard drive isn't
inserted properly, a blinking folder with a ques-
tion mark will appear on the screen.
❸ Reinstalling Mac OS X
a) Once the hard drive is installed correctly, insert
the restore or OS X Leopard disc.
b) From the Utilities menu on the top bar, choose
Disc Utility and select the hard drive partition.
c) Go back to the main menu and either reinstall from
the restore disc, or plug in your external drive.
d) If you're restoring all of your files, select the
option to back up from the external drive.
e) When it's finished
our system took
bout 2 hours), all
your old programs
nd files will be ready
use on the new
ard drive. ■
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DO IT YOURSELF
Let us show you how to perform these
upgrades on video.
See p. 6 for more info on how to use this code with your cell phone.
What You'll Need to Upgrade
① Small Phillips-head screwdriver.
② Small Torx-head screwdriver.
③ Compatible RAM. The 2008 MacBook Pro supports up to 2GB of RAM, and Apple
recommends distributing equal amounts of RAM in each slot. We used a Crucial
2GB Set (2 x 1GB) 200-Pin PC2 5300 667-Mhz SODIMM DDR2 RAM; $44.99 at
④ 2.5-inch SATA hard drive. One option is a 7,200-rpm, 320GB Western Digital Scorpio
Black; $59.99 at Amazon.com.
⑤ Apple restore disc/copy of OS X Leopard.
⑥ External backup drive, if you wish to create an identical restore of your system
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