Hard­ware quick-fire ques­tions

Mac Format - - GENIUS TIPS -

Can I up­grade the me­mory in my Mac mini (Late 2014)?

Sadly not. There are no me­mory slots, and the mod­ules fit­ted in your mini are sol­dered in. Even if you could find some­one to try to des­ol­der those chips, the max­i­mum me­mory that model sup­ports is 16GB, un­less Ap­ple was to re­lease a firmware up­date to sup­port more.

Can I up­grade the SSD in my iMac’s Fu­sion Drive?

SSDs in Ap­ple’s Fu­sion Drives are re­place­able, but up­grad­ing that part would re­quire the skills of an Ap­ple-trained en­gi­neer. It would also re­quire some soft­ware surgery af­ter­wards. One so­lu­tion, us­ing a USB 3 or Thun­der­bolt drive in­stead of mak­ing in­ter­nal changes, is de­tailed in our Ap­ple Skills Project in MF296.

How can I make my mid-2010 MacBook Pro run faster?

Your MacBook Pro is the last model to fea­ture me­mory slots: in­creas­ing me­mory and re­plac­ing the hard disk with an SSD should make the Mac ap­pre­cia­bly quicker. In­stalling two 4GB or even 8GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM mod­ules should cost from £40.

Can I add USB 3 ports to my Mac Pro (Mid 2012)?

Sev­eral PCI Ex­press cards of­fer four USB 3 ports and work in late Mac Pro tower mod­els. Son­net’s Al­le­gro Pro costs around £130 and is well proven, but cheaper cards from Inateck can cost as lit­tle as £30.

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