Upgrading the RAM on your 13 inch MacBook pro is a fairly simple process. Anyone can do it, if they had compatible memory sticks and a screwdriver. This tutorial will help you choosing the RAM for your laptop and also walk you through the process of installing RAM in your 13 inch MacBook Pro.
– Finding the right RAM module
One needs to be very careful while choosing the right RAM for their MacBook Pro. You really don’t want to end up with the RAM that is not compatible with your laptop or one which is of bad quality. RAM modules usually come in pairs. MacBook Pros 13 inch come with 2 RAM slots on the board. It is possible that you could have bought your MacBook with 4GB of RAM, which will be 2 modules of 2GB RAMs. If you are willing to upgrade the RAM you will have to buy two 4GB modules to make the total memory 8GB (Maximum memory). You’ll have to buy compatible DDR3 RAMs.
– Why 2 Modules instead of 1?
It is advised to buy 2 modules of RAM instead of one since it can improve the performance of the machine. With dual channels the read and write operations can be divided between the modules improving the performance of the machine.
The point is that, the processor can make use of twice as much as RAM/clock cycle and you will also get the fulfillment that none of the RAM slots on your 13 inch MacBook Pro are free. On the down side you will be paying more money if you are buying multiple sticks, however, it shouldn’t be much of a concern since RAM for MacBook pro are not that expensive if you buy them online. In fact RAM upgrade is one of the cheapest ways of improving the performance of your laptop.
– Matched modules
One more important thing you need to bear in mind when you are buying RAM is that you should always buy identical sticks. They are ideal for dual channel support and of course it will give a performance boost.
Always buy RAM for MacBook pro from reliable sellers on the Internet (for example: http://www.macfixit.com.au/macbook-pro-ram-memory). You can save a lot of money by buying RAM online and installing it on your own, than taking your laptop to the Apple Store.
Following are the steps to safely remove and install new RAM modules in your 13” Macbook Pro. (Applicable to Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Mid 2012, Late 2011, and Early 2011 models).
1. Turn off your MacBook Pro and disconnect anything hooked up to the machine, like power cord, USB devices, etc.
2. Carefully remove all the screws on the bottom of your laptop. There should totally 10. Make sure you keep them in a safe place so that you don’t lose them. Once you have removed all the screws, you can easily remove the bottom case.
3. You will be able to see the memory module now. There will be levers on the sides of the module. Push them outwards to release the memory stick present in the computer. There are also 2 notches securing the sticks – be sure to release them to remove the RAM from the module. (Refer to the image below.
4. Installing a new stick is as easy as removing one on your MacBook Pro. It is just a matter of sliding the new RAM in the empty slots. Make sure the notch on the gold edge of the RAM is aligned with the notch on the slot. Gently push the stick to secure it; you will hear a click sound if the RAM is perfectly secured in place. In the same way another RAM can be inserted in the second slot.
5. Now replace the outer case removed earlier and fasten it with the screws.
Done! Now fire up your MAC and check if the computer recognizes the sticks inserted. Click on the About This Mac from’ under menu to verify.