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I do heavy web development/web design and run my software on a MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) 2.8ghz model. I use Adobe products, run virtual machines in Parallels, have multiple browsers open, text editors and sometimes IDE's. That's how I typically use my machine.

I'd like to upgrade my RAM and possibly get a larger capacity hard drive, but I'm not sure what brands to buy.

From what I've read so far, it looks like Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G is what I need. As for a hard drive I'm after something reliable. No nasty surprises a year from now.

I would really appreciate some advice as this is something I've delayed doing since I purchased my MacBook Pro.

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Hardware recommendations are off topic, per the FAQ. – gentmatt Mar 17 '12 at 20:31
Some hardware recommendations are on-topic.… – Daniel Mar 17 '12 at 21:04
I disagree, this question forces subjectivity and unspecific answers. By what standards do we measure reliable? – gentmatt Mar 17 '12 at 21:40
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I did the same to one of my old macs and opted for Crucial Memory and a Western Digital hard drive. Their still going strong and I've had absolutely no problems (and the WD drive is really fast)

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£34.79 for crucials.. didn't expect the pack to be so cheap. If you was running a mbp do you remember the maximum sized harddrive it could take? – LondonGuy Mar 17 '12 at 20:40
I do have a mbp, and I put a 500gb hard drive in, but I don't see why it couldn't go up to at least 750 (I'm not sure there is a limit, provided the connectors are right). – George Pearce Mar 17 '12 at 20:42
Second vote for Crucial when picking RAM, and WD has always been good with hard drives. – Alex Mar 18 '12 at 7:29


I buy everything from these guys. They can get RAM and hard drives for just about any Mac and it's almost always within $5 of Newegg, without having to sort through their PC crap.

They sell exclusively Apple stuff and it's easy to find what you're looking for. Usually free or less than $3-5 shipping and it's super fast (even for the free/cheap shipping).

In your question, you mentioned that you don't want any nasty surprises down the road. If you really don't, then back up. Know that every hard drive will eventually fail. Some will drop dead in a year, some will drop dead in 10 years. You just won't know until it happens, usually.

There are two best practices for avoiding catastrophic hard drive failure:

  1. BACK UP. (can't stress this enough)

  2. Buy quality hard drives from good companies. I, for instance, will not buy a hard drive from anyone but Hitachi. OWC sells hitachi hard drives. They're a little more expensive, but I've never had one die on me. That being said, I still back up.

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I've lost quite important data in the past as well as a large music collection I spent a long time recording from vinyl onto my system and arranging into folders. Ever since then I've tried to avoid western digital drives even though many people recommend them. I always have time machine enabled as I can't take any chances this time round. I'll check out OWC thanks. – LondonGuy Mar 18 '12 at 0:32
Good call. Yeah, I won't ever buy a Seagate or WD hard drive. They're awful. Good luck. – Matt Love Mar 18 '12 at 2:44
NewEgg have Mac section now for a lot of components. Not that OWC aren't good - just saying it's there if you want to look. – Alex Mar 18 '12 at 7:30

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