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Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

I want to restore an old macbook so it can run properly. It used to belong to my mother and is running so slow it has basically become impossible to use in any practical way.

I have tried doing a hard reboot, but it still continues to operate very slowly. I did some research, and it seems like the only way to help it is to get it a new hard drive (especially a solid state drive). The problem is that I don't know which one to get, since this macbook is fairly old (from approximately 2009). I have tried to determine which hard drive would best optimize the Macbook, but I have not figured out any clear answer. I also am not even 100% sure if there are other parts that I should also replace, or if the laptop is no longer salvageable.

Does anybody know of a computer technician that could help me? I tried going to the Apple store's Genius bar and they were incredibly unhelpful and rude (digression: they don't sell hard drives at the Apple store, probably because they don't want people restoring instead of buying laptops).

I would be more than happy to even buy the parts myself and then send them to the technician with the old laptop to be restored. Can anybody recommend a repair shop or expert who could help me with this?
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

https://apple.stackexchange.com/ques...new-hard-drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnksSnLAibc

https://en.toppreise.ch/index.php?k3=2526&manu=&o=ua
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Old 16.04.2018, 09:32
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

As above its fairly simple to do..just need the right torx screw drivers.

if you don't feel confident then there's plenty of Apple authorized resellers and repair centres around. Apple recommended me one not far from the Apple store round back of Jemoli.
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

If it's really a 2009 white Macbook, it's considered "vintage" by Apple standards and they will not do any work on it.

Looking at this:

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP579?v...S&locale=en_US

It's also SATA1, which will limit the actual speed-gains you get from an SSD.


You can bring it to a 3rd-party, like DataQuest - but it will be very expensiver.

I have an iMac from 2008 and I've decided it's not worth the effort to do any upgrades on it.


You could upgrade the RAM to 4GB (provided it's not already at 4GB):

https://www.digitec.ch/de/s1/product...8877?tagIds=76

And do a clean install of El Capitan (or Mountain Lion), after a PRAM-reset.

This should put the machine back to a semi-working state (the 2008 iMac is OK-ish for light browsing).

The SSD upgrade on my 2012 i7 MacMini was worth it, though.

The cut-off is probably at the 2011 year-mark.

Start saving for a newer machine. Later hardware also has the "benefit" of not being upgradable or repairable at all. That way, if it's broken after Apple Care has run out, it's not economical to repair. Plain and simple. No gray area.
So, like with a car, you should start saving for the next one right after you
bought the current one...

Still, the hardware ain't bad.
Just pricey.
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

What are the current specifications/model and what do you want to be able to do with it in the future?

(If it is a white model, you should not bother at all anymore imho)
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

Yeah, I double checked on the Macbook, and sadly it is too old to be restored in any economical fashion. Does anybody here think it's worth it to at least sell it on Ebay or Ricardo? Obviously I will wipe the hard drive before hand.
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Yeah, I double checked on the Macbook, and sadly it is too old to be restored in any economical fashion. Does anybody here think it's worth it to at least sell it on Ebay or Ricardo? Obviously I will wipe the hard drive before hand.
You can always try to sell it, who knows what people will pay for it. Some might even only need some parts of yours to get their own working again.
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Re: Where can I bring an old macbook for maintenance and for new hard drive in ZRH?

ricardo and a starting price of CHF 1.

But you can watch a few auctions to the end to see how much it would fetch.

There is a market for this hardware - but it's very small and prices reflect that.
It's mostly repair-shops or people wanting to do a DIY-repair.
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