I ruined my beloved mid 2010 MacBook and planning to get a used MacBook Pro 2008 (not unibody) now. Currently, I have 2x4GB memory units in my MacBook and I would like to now if I can use at least one of them in the MacBook Pro. I heard that the 2008 Pro only supports up to 6 Gb, so I would like to use 1x4GB from my MacBook, and 1xGB from the Pro.

I am not fully sure if I want a 2008 Pro yet. These are some points that would influence my decision

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    MacBook Pro early 2008 or late 2008? – Guido Preite Apr 12 '13 at 11:48
  • Oh, I don't know yet. I was just starting to look for used MacBook Pros 2008 in general. It sounds like that it would make a difference. By how far? – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 12:15
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    Early 2008 use DDR2 ram, late 2008 use DDR3 as your mid 2010 macbook – Guido Preite Apr 12 '13 at 12:17
  • I was interested in a particular one, which seems to be in quite good condition and relatively cheap. It would be an early 2008 model. So let's say early 2008. – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 12:17
  • thanks. So in a late 2008 model 1066 Mhz DDR3 would work? And what about the hard disks? – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 12:19

There were several MacBook Pro models released in 2008. Only the Unibody models support DDR3 RAM, so keep an eye out for those. Fortunately, they're easy to spot compared to the non-Unibody models released the same year.

  • I was planning to get the non-unibody. Sorry for the confusion, i did not know that the unibody was released in 2008 already – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 15:40
  • Would also be interested if someone tried to swap hard drives – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 15:41

FREEWARE "MacTracker" gives all of the hardware information that you could ever need, for every piece of Mac hardware ever sold.

See: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/5968/mactracker

  • MacBook Pro 2008: SO-DIMM PC3-8500 DDR3-1066 CL7
  • MacBook Pro Mid-2010: SO-DIMM PC3-8500 DDR3-1066 CL7

Thus, you can freely put your sticks into the MacBook! :)

  • According to this Apple doc, the Early and Late 2008 MacBooks Pro took DDR2 RAM. Do you have a source that says they support DDR3? – Dan J Apr 12 '13 at 14:23
  • support.apple.com/kb/sp499 — 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) or 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB – Kenan Sulayman Apr 12 '13 at 14:26
  • Thats weird. In my mid 2010 i currently have 8GB (2 x4)DDR3 1066 Mhz, if the mac book pro from 2008 support the same RAM units why is it just 4Gb in sum then. I just read though, that apple locked it down to 6 gb for whatever reason – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 19:11
  • @kenansulayman first you say that i can switch freely, then you point out that 4 GB sticks are not supported, that's confusing – bluewoodtree Apr 12 '13 at 19:15
  • Hey. I'm not sure but I guess the MacBook Pro was 32bit back then. However, the hardware should support 64bit with Lion / Mountain Lion, thus support more than 6gb. I just tested it (MacBook Pro Late 2011 => MacBook Pro Late 2008) and it worked if I only had sticks of the same kind. (ML running on it) – Kenan Sulayman Apr 13 '13 at 11:27

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