Is it worth it to upgrade a MacBook Pro mid 2009

Mar 16, 2020 3:56PM PDT

Hi guys, I just got into my possession a MacBook Pro mid 2009 13 inch core 2 duo processor. The battery only lasts for about an hour and it has 4 gigs of RAM and 250GB of a very slow hard drive. I was thinking of spending the close to $150-$200 to upgrade to SSD, get 8 gigs of new RAM, and a new battery. I currently don't have a laptop now and don't want to spend a lot of money. Do you think it would be worth it? Would it last for a couple more years?

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Mar 16, 2020 5:21PM PDT

That's a roll of the dice. But I do know folk that do this and carry on.
Try just the SSD and new battery first. You may be surprised.

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Mar 16, 2020 5:55PM PDT

I have just finished upgrading one of these and a slightly newer one.
The 2009 had 8Gb, 500GB SSD and a new battery. OWC, Crucial and Amazon, that order. $138.86 + a little tax. No shipping charge
Used the available High Sierra patcher, Google it, to install High Sierra on a non-supported machine.

Customers first response at the boot speed was WOW!

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There was another comment my clients often make.
Mar 16, 2020 6:33PM PDT

"Why didn't I do this sooner?" In regards to the SSD.

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I absolutely agree....
Mar 17, 2020 2:28PM PDT

My newest desktop computer has a 256 GB SSD along with an additional 1 TB HDD and I am amazed how much faster start time, system updates and application installation times are reduced.

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Mar 29, 2020 10:41AM PDT

Well, everything is depending on which purpose have you chosen for this laptop. If it's just internet surfing, excel, and some work with the documents, you can just purchase new SSD, change a battery and get an antivirus, you can read about it at and you'll be fine.
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