I'm new to macs so please bear with me if I say something dumb.

I recently switched over to Mac, and purchased a new MacBook Pro, but found that the computer did not have enough ram for everything I am doing (large photoshop files etc.) I was wondering if there is any way that I could get external ram or some type of upgrade for my computer.

Essentially, can I get an external ram drive, or should I go back and upgrade the computer itself?

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    Retina or non-Retina MacBook Pro? If it's one of the Retina models, there's no way to upgrade the internal RAM. – user24601 Dec 23 '14 at 3:29
  • It is retina, but what about any external solutions? – TwoShorts Dec 23 '14 at 3:30

The internal RAM is soldered to the motherboard (i.e. totally user-untouchable), but for external RAM, you're welcome to check out this article at your own risk.

UPDATE: After having done some research, apparently RAM disks are exactly the opposite of what I'd thought. They actually turn a segment of your RAM into hard drive space. It still promises massive speed boosts, though, so you should give it a try if you're up for it!


I'm sorry, but no, you can't upgrade.

  • The pre-edit instructions you listed were for the non-Retina MBP... :) – user24601 Dec 23 '14 at 3:32
  • @user24601 yea, that's non upgradable. – Spotlight Dec 23 '14 at 3:33

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