It is becoming increasingly popular to regularly upgrade the RAM (memory) in your Mac laptop to accommodate a constantly growing appetite for web intensive browsing or for running multiple instances of virtual machines. Programs like Excel and Autocad run more smoothly when they have more RAM to work with.
This instructable describes the process of upgrading (or replacing) RAM in unibody Apple MacBook Pro 13” and 15” models. I used a 15" model in my photos, but the process is very similar in 13" MacBook Pros.
I did this at TechShop because they have a whole bunch of really convenient, well-lit large tables in the common area.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Acquire RAM for upgrade (or replacement)
RAM is cheap these days, so you can afford to buy more of it for less. I've been lately purchasing RAM for my Macs at macsales.com, as they seem to have a good balance of price and quality. Here is what new RAM looks like in packaging. For this process this is the only part you are going to need.
Step 2: Prepare your workspace
Having a large space to work on is very convenient. For best result and safety I'd recommend using one of those anti-static mats and laying it on a large flat surface.
Step 3: Connect the ground
Connect the ground wire of your anti-static mat to a ground prong of any electric plug.
Step 4: Ground yourself with anti-static wristband
This step is important. When working with electronics, have yourself well grounded with a wristband. Very little static electricity can send electronics of your computer into knock-out.
When wearing the wristband, make sure it's not too tight. Wear it the entire time that you're working on the internals of your computer. Even though you're well grounded, I would recommend not touching any electronic parts with your hands, as you're leaving natural oil behind. Washing your hands before this job is highly recommended.