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candrias

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#141390 11-Mar-2014 11:22
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I need a new Macbook Pro and unsure if the upgrade to 1TB SSD is worth while. I currently have 750GB, half SSD and half HDD, but the HDD is all backups which could go to an external drive, so 500GB is probably ok for now but I'm worried that I'll regret it in a few years.

Can the latest Macbook Pros be upgraded down the line? If so I suspect the price of upgrading in two years will be less than forking out for the upgrade now, so I should probably wait. Any advice would be appreciated :)

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  #1002693 11-Mar-2014 11:36
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Ifixit specialise in producing guides and supplying parts for macs.

Check out...

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Retina+Display+Mid+2012+SSD+Replacement/9706


But if it were me, I'd splash out extra now.

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  #1002699 11-Mar-2014 11:44
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I love my new (late 2013) MBP 13"...with the caveat that it is completely un-upgradable. 

The "Retina" devices RAM and SSD storage chips are affixed directly to the MoBo and are not meant to be added to or upgraded either by Apple or 3rd parties.

Of course technically it could be done if you had access to the right tools, parts and environment to work in, but you would really be risking the health of your laptop and your sanity, not to mention the warranty,

Great machine, but if you think you may need additional RAM or storage at some point in its lifespan, buy it now because you won't be adding it in later.

(Apple say as much on the store site when you go to buy one...)




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  #1002950 11-Mar-2014 19:10
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Item: Of course technically it could be done if you had access to the right tools, parts and environment to work in, but you would really be risking the health of your laptop and your sanity, not to mention the warranty,


Technically it might be able to be done via an external Thunderbolt box, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a portable laptop.



Item: Great machine, but if you think you may need additional RAM or storage at some point in its lifespan, buy it now because you won't be adding it in later.


Unfortunately user-upgradability is the casualty in Apple's / Jonathan Ive's on-going push to ever thinner devices. It might make sense in a laptop* or tablet, but it's rather ridiculous in the iMac. Even the new MacPro is severely limited in internal user-upgradability compared to the previous model. :-(

* Were the old MacBook Pros really "too thick"!? The next MacBook Pros may even see the end of the MacBook Air.

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  #1002954 11-Mar-2014 19:18
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Item: The "Retina" devices RAM and SSD storage chips are affixed directly to the MoBo and are not meant to be added to or upgraded either by Apple or 3rd parties.


No The SSD is not soldered to the motherboard and is about the only replaceable part inside of the computer. 

However if you think your going to use it get it. It will cost you less than buying a replacement chip.




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