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Ask Max: Is the new 17" MacBook Pro RAM user upgradable?

Asked on 07/23/2009:

Hi Jacob,

It's been a while since I have been in the market for a new Mac laptop. In fact my old trusty 12" PowerBook G4 has served me well for four years now, but I think it's showing me signs that it's ready to be retired. I am looking at the new Unibody MacBook Pro, the 17 inch model, in particular and would like to know if the RAM is user

upgradeable, without voiding any mfr. warranties. Also is it the same for the internal hard drive (I might want to install SSD later)? I want to purchase the model with the fastest processor, but would like to hold off on the RAM until they become a little more reasonably priced.

Thanks in advance.

- Mary Ann


You can upgrade your memory and hard drive yourself. Here is a link to Apple's MacBook Pro RAM installation page.

The hard drive is just as easy, as you can see by Apple's instructions on how to install a replacement hard drive.

If you use a none Apple drive in the computer, you will have to deal directly with the maker of the hard drive for drive warranty issues and most Apple service centers will want you to have a Apple hard drive installed for testing. For that reason it may be a good idea to keep the pulled Apple hard drive safely stored in a static bag, until you are out of the Apple warranty period.

- Jacob

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