Supercharging a 2010 Macbook for the World of 2014 and Beyond

When I visited my family out West, I showed my sister and my brother in law my fast, spiffy used Macbook Pro I7 which I picked up for a very reasonable price. It’s a 2010 model, but with a few upgrades it is a quick, responsive editing and on-the-go machine, even though it’s a few years old. My sister asked me how she could do the same for her Macbook Pro, and the conversation went as follows:

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM, M <x.xxxxx@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey Noah, would you help me figure out how to upgrade my Mac to a Hybrid like yours? Like, tell me what to buy, maybe find me a good online deal and I’ll just buy it and Aaron and I can figure out how to put it in? Your expertise would be much appreciated 🙂

Hi M,

What I did was:

1: Upgrade my memory from 4GB to 8GB (you can go to macsales.com and check what memory you need for your model, and perhaps find it cheaper at memory express, or I think you can also find out in the About this Mac section under the Apple Menu)

2: Buy a SATA hard disk caddy for the optical drive, so you can remove it and insert an SSD: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Macbook-SSD-Kit-Pro-Mac-Second-hdd-Module-Caddy-SATA-Superdrive-USB-Enclosure-/321157641035?pt=US_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item4ac67cb34b&_uhb=1

3: Buy an SSD. Mine is 120GB, and I use that to store Mac OS and I have the original hard disk for storing my movies and stuff. Here’s a good one: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX52633

4: Reinstall Mac OS on the new drive. Use TrimEnabler (just need the free version) http://www.cindori.org/software/trimenabler/ to make sure your SSD stays fast.

Note: If you want to keep your DVD drive, you could just buy a larger capacity SSD and replace your original hard disk with that.

You can find all the guides for taking apart your mac at ifixit.com.

Lots of love,
noah