Macs should last a long time. The operating system that came with your Mac requires the minimum of maintenance, unlike certain other operating systems. So it should continue to work well for a long time. But there comes a time when it begins to slow down, perhaps because the hard disk is full, or because you have installed the latest update, and it is just too much for your Mac. Fortunately there are usually a number of Mac upgrades available, and they are not as expensive as a new Mac!
Give your Mac a memory boost!
If you have a Mac that is finding the latest Mac operating system a bit of a strain, one of the Mac upgrades to consider is installing more memory.
We have found the Crucial’s RAM scanner to be an excellent tool for finding out exactly what extra memory your Mac can take. It will scan your Mac model precisely and factor in what RAM memory you already have installed, and then it will present you with a page of upgrade options.
Obviously, you have to fit the RAM, and this will mean opening up the case. iMac owners are usually in-luck, as the RAM is accessible via a small hatch. With Macbooks of various sorts it can get a little trickier. If you need to know how to fit the new RAM, find your Mac here: MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacPro (2013), MacPro (2012 and earlier). The MacBook Air and some MacBook Pro laptops unfortunately cannot have a RAM upgrade, as their RAM is soldered to the logic board. This is a casualty of Apple’s seemingly relentless drive for thinness.
Get a bigger or faster disk
One of the best Mac upgrades is to change to a new solid state disk (SSD) for your Mac replacing the disk your Mac came with. These new disks are much faster than the spinning hard disks usually installed in older Macs. If the there is an option to install one of these disks, as well as RAM, your old Mac is onto a good thing. But watch out, Installing disks in some iMacs is not a trivial process, and you may need to take the Mac to your nearest Mac supplier to get this done properly.
Sometimes instead of replacing the hard disk already in your Mac, the SSD just supplements it, replacing the optical DVD drive instead. So you will need to buy an SSD ‘upgrade kit’ for your Mac so that it will fit the space left by the removed optical drive. Many newer Macs come without an optical drive anyway, so you are not losing something you would gain if you bought a new Mac.
SSDs are faster, but they are also, at the moment, more expensive per Gb of storage space than ordinary disks
If you can find your Mac model on Mactracker, you can also find out what additional Mac upgrades are available.
Migrate to a new mac
But, assuming you have pushed your old Mac as far as it will go, and have concluded you need a newMac, we will help you move your data, applications and settings to your new Mac. Please call 01235 364080, or use the form on this page.
For DIY Mac upgrades we should point you in the direction of Apple’s Migration Assistant tool. And it is really good. But there are occasions when it is difficult to work – for instance when the version you are upgrading from is too old, or when the ports on the back of the old Mac are not the same as those on the new for connecting the two devices.
If you are just getting a secondMac, perhaps a macbook to work along side your iMac, Migration Assistant can help with transferring files and apps in this situation too. But to keep your documents and settings in sync with each other consider your use of iCloud, or Dropbox. If you have a lot of data to keep in sync, you will have to pay for the service.
Migrate from a Windows PC
It is also worth knowing about migrating from Windows, and the steps you can take to transfer your data.