Upgrading a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro to meet today’s standards

2012 was a while ago, even so I decided to go back to Macs and I purchased a mid 2012 MacBook Pro.

My last Apple computer was a late 2006 MacBook. So when my MacBook Pro arrived I was very excited.

Specs before the upgrade:

As you can tell, the above specs are not ideal for the needs of today. There were a few things I wanted to change...

Upgrade to an SSD

To start with, Hard drives are good for storing things. They aren’t as good as they used to be either. I, therefore, made the decision to swap the hard drive for an SSD. The SSD in question was the Goodram C40 240GB SSD. Yes, I know you may have never heard of the brand. But I have been using the brand for my storage devices for years!

Add a Hard Drive for storage

Wait what? Yes, you heard correctly! I added a second storage drive. This can be achieved by taking the CD drive out, purchasing a special caddy and connecting a second hard drive to it. Like the one below…

Hard Drive Caddy for MacBook Pro

As you can tell, I purchased a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive.

Checkout my article on how I achieved this life hack…

Upgrade the RAM to 8GB’s

4 GB isn’t that much these days. In reality, you need a minimum of 8 GB to run smoothly. I have therefore decided to upgrade the RAM to 8GB’s.

Install MacOS Mojave

The upgrade wouldn’t be much of an upgrade without installing the latest version of MacOS would it?

Specs after the upgrade: