How to Add RAM to MacBook and MacBook Pro

May 26, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Expanding the RAM specification of your Mac will enable you to run better applications, perhaps enjoy some new games or just allow the computer to run more efficiently. However adding new memory modules to a Mac depends on a few important factors, mainly relating to the Mac model you are using.

Here, we’re going to look at how to add new memory modules to an Apple MacBook and an Apple MacBook Pro. Both methods might look similar, but as the RAM is inserted in different places on each device, this article is split into sections for each.

When looking to upgrade your Mac, you will need to check System Profiler to confirm the currently installed modules and your computer’s specification to check exactly the maximum RAM you can install. After this, a visit to to check their RAM module wizard to find the right memory type for your Mac is recommended.

If you have any concerns about performing these steps yourself, then take advantage of the service provided at your local Apple Store, or find someone who is comfortable with adding new RAM to your Mac.

Adding RAM to a MacBook

Add RAM to Your 2009 MacBook

To begin, switch off your MacBook, unplug it and then place a towel or soft cloth on a clear table top or desk, about twice the size of your Mac. After removing jewellery and discharging yourself with an anti-static band or holding a screwdriver against an earthed object (such as a pipe) place your notebook face down on the fabric before undoing the eight screws. You should then be able to lift off the back panel, taking care to release the clips at each side.

Observation of the interior of your MacBook should reveal that the RAM modules can be found to the right of the middle of the chassis, beside the hard disk drive. You will not that they are stacked, so you will need to remove them in order, by pulling the catches at each side of the chips to release them (the chip will spring up at one side), and then gently pull them out, one by one.

A new module can be inserted by sliding the connectors into position at an angle (the same one that they were removed at) and then pressing the back end down. Once you replace the back of the case you can restart your Mac and enjoy faster computing!

Adding Extra Memory to Your 2009 MacBook Pro

Begin by following the same preparatory steps as above, taking precautions to avoid scratching your computer or experiencing static damage.

As you remove the screws from the rear plate of the case, make a note of where they were housed originally, as they are different lengths. With the plate removed, you should find the RAM modules right of center, just above the battery.

The memory modules are clipped into place, so with your thumbs push the clips apart to release the chips, which should spring up at an angle at one end. You can remove this by gently pulling it in the direction it is pointing.

Inserting a new RAM module is a case of slotting it in at the same angle and then pressing down the end so it is locked into place by the clips.

You can then replace the back of the case and boot your MacBook Pro and enjoy improved performance.

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