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Mac Upgrades (How to Upgrade Your Mac)

As requested by readers, this single page provides direct links to upgrade related Q&As for G3 and later Macs for your convenience. It is hoped that these Q&As will help you get the most out of your notebook or desktop Mac regardless of its age.

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Upgrade Instructions - G3 & Later Notebook Macs:

13" Retina MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
13" Retina

Storage
SD Card
Battery

15" Retina MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
15" Retina

Storage
SD Card
Battery

13" Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
13" 2009-2012

RAM
Hard Drive
SD Card
Battery

15" Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
15" 2009-2012

RAM
Hard Drive
SD Card
Battery

17" Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
17" 2009-2011

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery

17" Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
17" Early 2009

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery

15" Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
15" 2008

RAM
Hard Drive

Pre-Unibody MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
Pre-Unibody

RAM
Hard Drive

2013-2014 MacBook Air
MacBook Air
2013-2015

Storage
SD Card
Battery

2012 MacBook Air
MacBook Air
2012

Storage
SD Card
Battery

2010-2011 MacBook Air
MacBook Air
2010-2011

Storage
SD Card
Battery

2008-2009 MacBook Air
MacBook Air
2008-2009

Storage
Battery

Unibody MacBook
Al MacBook
Unibody (2008)

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery

White Unibody MacBook
White MacBook
Unibody (A1342)

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery

White MacBook
MacBook (A1181)
White/Black

RAM
Hard Drive

PowerBook G4
PowerBook G4
(Ti & Al)

RAM
Hard Drive

White iBook
iBook
White/PowerPC

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive

Clamshell iBook
Clamshell iBook
1999-2000

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive

PowerBook G3
PowerBook G3
Black/PowerPC

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Expansion Bays

 

 

Upgrade Instructions - G3 & Later Desktop Macs:

iMac 2012-2015
iMac 21.5" & 27"
Alum. 2012-2015

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive/SSD

iMac 2009-2011
iMac 21.5" & 27"
Alum. 2009-2011

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive/SSD

iMac 20-Inch/24-Inch
iMac 20" & 24"
Aluminum

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive

White Intel iMac
iMac
White Intel

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive

iMac G5
iMac G5
(2004-2005)

RAM
Hard Drive


iMac G4 Flat-Panel
iMac G4
"Flat-Panel"

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
AirPort Card

iMac G3
iMac G3
(Gumdrop)

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
AirPort Card

eMac
eMac
(2002-2005)

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive


Aluminum iMac, No Optical
Mac mini
Alu. 2011-2014

RAM
Hard Drive



Aluminum Mac mini Optical
Mac mini
Alu. 2010

RAM
Hard Drive

Mac mini Polycarbonate
Intel Mac mini
Polycarbonate

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive

Mac mini G4
Mac mini
Original (G4)

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive


Mac Pro
Late 2013

Processor
RAM
Storage
Graphics Cards


Mac Pro
2010/2012

Processors
RAM
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
PCI Cards


Mac Pro
Early 2009

Processors
RAM
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
PCI Cards


Mac Pro
Early 2008

Processors
RAM
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
PCI Cards


Mac Pro
Original

Processors
RAM
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
PCI Cards


Power Mac G5
(2003-2006)

RAM
Hard Drives
Optical Drive
PCI Cards


Power Mac G4
(1999-2004)

Processor(s)
RAM
Hard Drive(s)
Optical Drive
Zip Drive


Power Mac G4
Cube

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Video Card
AirPort Card

Power Mac G3 Blue
Power Mac G3
(1997-1999)

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Zip Drive

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