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I'm running what is clearly an older lap now. Core 2 Duo 2.93 Penryn. I'm considering doing a complete re install of all s/w and possibly a new HD as I'm on an older one (and I do back up daily) as I'll possibly also leave x.6 behind.

But I was just looking @ my profile and I've not upgraded RAM in years. I have what i thought was a sizeable amount of ram a few years back (8G), but am wondering if I can go past the indicated 8G max.

I simply recall back in the day being able to upgrade the ram on the basis that @ time of production, the bigger ram size was not avail. But as they came about, some of us were pushing the max to 4G-8G more.

Anyone out here here running 12G-16G of RAM on a 2009 Core 2 Duo? PC3-8500 DDR3, 1066Mhz?
 

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I looked at MacSales.com and it doesn't seem like there's a kit that goes beyond your current 4+4 setup.
 

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Your best bet for speed increase is an SSD which mutes the need for additional ram.
It will transform your computer. Many simply do not need additional processing and you have a nice high clock speed.
 

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As mentioned. 8GB RAM is the max for those MBPros.

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 15" (Unibody) Specs (Early 2009, BTO/CTO, MacBookPro5,1, A1286, 2255) @ EveryMac.com

And and but gee, if you need more memory than that, I'd suggest that you might need a newer Mac model that can take more. ;)

And not to forget, that the 10.7.x and 10.8.x OSs will usually use more memory than SL 10.6.x.
I simply recall that adding ram was always the quickest and easiest way to get a bump as installing ram was easier than swapping a HD. So I wanted to ask.

And this is a super old HD so that was the next move.

Might do a SSD now that they seem reasonably priced
 

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Hybrid HDs are cheaper per gig than full SSDs, and give a performance boost over regular drives. The Seagate Momentus XT I bought was under $100 for 500 GB. It has a 4 Gig cache that runs at SSD speeds and the hard drive spins at 7200rpm, rather than 5400. It gives a noticeable speed boost to my aging MacBook.

Fast Laptop SSHD, HDD Hybrid SSD | Seagate

I simply recall that adding ram was always the quickest and easiest way to get a bump as installing ram was easier than swapping a HD. So I wanted to ask.

And this is a super old HD so that was the next move.

Might do a SSD now that they seem reasonably priced
 

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I'd suggest that using an SSD and with the max RAM, that MBPro would fly, and at least it supports has the 3 Gb/s capability.

But the 500 GB Seagate Momentus XT suggestion with the max RAM may be the better cost/performance option, especially with the 7200 RPM unit to replace the original 320 GB (5400 RPM) HDD.

We installed such a drive in my son's older MBPro a few years ago, but he didn't notice any huge speed increase that some were reporting, but it was much faster than the original 320 GB (5400 RPM) drive.

It also ran cool and quite and didn't seem to affect the battery life very much.
 

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I'd suggest the 750xt if going that route - better design - 8 gb cache and the 500xt caused issues in some of the models of laptops.
The 750 has been flawless.

That said a Fusion solution is not an unreasonable price either and substantially improved performance.

As to speed increases, hybrids take time to work well as it "learns" the user profile - almost impossible to measure as a result. Fusion and SSD are a much more evident boost.
 

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Seagate has switched to 5400rpm hard drive mechanisms and renamed their hybrids SSHDs. There's a 500GB, 7mm and a 1TB, 9.5mm version. The 750 GB, 7200 rpm XT is still in stock in some places.

A fusion drive requires a model that is running Mountain Lion and has room for two hard drives. With a C2D MacBook(Pro) you'd have to do the math to decide whether it's worth it to buy the two drives plus the kit to convert the optical drive bay to accommodate your HD or SSD, and the time/$ to do the surgery.
 

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A 5400 1 TB will give about the same performance as 7200 750 and with a hybrid setup that's a good thing.
 
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