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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:


MacBook Pro 13"
Retina

Storage
Battery


MacBook Pro 15"
Retina (A1398)

Storage
Battery


MacBook Pro 13"
2009-2012

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery


MacBook Pro 15"
2009-2012

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery


MacBook Pro 17"
2009-2011

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery


MacBook Pro 17"
Early 2009

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery


MacBook Pro 15"
Late 2008

RAM
Hard Drive


MacBook Pro
Pre-Unibody

RAM
Hard Drive


MacBook Air
2012

Storage
Battery


MacBook Air
2010 & 2011

Storage
Battery


MacBook Air
2008-2009

Storage
Battery


Al MacBook
Unibody (2008)

RAM
Hard Drive


White MacBook
Unibody (A1342)

RAM
Hard Drive
Battery


MacBook (A1181)
White & Black

RAM
Hard Drive


PowerBook G4
(Ti & Al)

RAM
Hard Drive


PowerBook G3
Black/PowerPC

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Expansion Bays


iBook
White/PowerPC

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive

Upgrade Instructions - G3 & Later Desktop Macs:


iMac 21.5" & 27"
Alum. 2012-2013

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive/SSD


iMac 21.5" & 27"
Alum. 2009-2011

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive/SSD


iMac 20" & 24"
Aluminum

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive


iMac
White Intel

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive


iMac G5
(2004-2005)

RAM
Hard Drive


eMac
(2002-2005)

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive


Mac mini
Alu. 2011/2012

RAM
Hard Drive


Mac mini
Alu. 2010

RAM
Hard Drive


Intel Mac mini
Polycarbonate

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive


Mac mini
Original (G4)

RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive


Power Mac G3
(1997-1999)

Processor
RAM
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Zip Drive



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