Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Replacing the harddrive and battery on my MacBook Pro

I have a 13" mid-2009 MacBook Pro and I love it.

That said, recently it has been showing its age ... going really slow & beach-balling all the time as well as lasting half the time on battery that it did back in September 2009 when I got it.

I have been very fortunate to be able to replace both the harddrive & the battery (thanks Mum & Dad!!!) ... and it feels like 2009 all over again.

I followed these easy-to-follow instructions >> link << and went from the standard 160gb harddrive to a 240gb solid state drive (SSD). My boot-up time is dramatically faster ... as is my MBP as a whole. Photoshop and Lightroom are a breeze to load up now ... and the beach ball is very rarely seen.

As for my battery ... the only tricky bit was ordering the correct 'tri-wing' screwdriver to enable me to release it. I had to wait for one being shipped from Hong Kong ... which was a bit of a pain ... but didn't wait too long.

As you can see from the screen cap above ... prior to swapping over my existing battery was 3057 mAh or 56% of what it was in September 2009. It is now sitting at 5831 mAh ... ready for another 55 months of use.

I guess the moral of this story is to see if you can replace/repair/reuse wherever possible. For less than £200 I have my MacBook Pro back ... working away as if it was 2009. Both changes were easy enough for me to do ... so anyone can do them.


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