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Upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro

Is upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro Worth It?

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A couple of weeks ago, Apple announced the launch of the 2018 MacBook Pro. This had me thinking, hey, maybe I want to get a new Mac!

Back in college, I bought a mid-2012 MacBook pro after a series of Windows computers were dying on me consistently for years. I went through about three computers in high school and the beginning of college purely because they were cheap. I still have this computer today (it’s turning 6 in September!), and I just upgraded it.

In this article, I want to provide some insight into the process to upgrade a mid-2012 MacBook pro. And, I also want to give you my thoughts on whether upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro was worth it.

2019 Update: Read my thoughts on whether upgrading a MacBook Pro in 2019 is worth it.

The original tech specs

I bought the better of the two 13″ mid-2012 MacBook Pro’s offered at the time. Here’s a list of the key technical specifications my MacBook Pro had before the upgrades.

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • macOS High Sierra
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Why I chose to upgrade

You might wonder why I didn’t just buy a new Mac. And the answer is quite simple.

The 2018 MacBook pro that I want is about $2500. And to top it all off, I LIKED using my mid-2012 Mac. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t have a good reason to replace it, other than it was running a little slow and laggy. Finally, after doing some research on upgrading the mid-2012 model, I found out that it’s a pretty easy upgrade!

Should you upgrade your mid-2012 MacBook Pro?

Upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro
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If you’re trying to decide whether or not to replace or upgrade your mid-2012 MacBook Pro, I recommend considering the following points:

  • Do you have the budget to buy a brand new MacBook Pro or would you rather pay a fraction on upgraded components?
  • Are you capable of and comfortable performing the DIY upgrade?
  • Can you follow instructions to install a fresh copy of macOS on your new SSD’s?
  • Are you ready to have your computer wiped with a fresh copy of macOS? AKA is your data backed up?

To perform any technical upgrade, you’ll have to be comfortable opening up your MacBook Pro, taking apart subassemblies, and reassembling the aftermarket components.

With this upgrade, you’ll also be removing your original hard drive, which means you’ll be starting over with a fresh system. If you have important documents or programs, you’ll want to back these up before continuing.

If this makes your stomach churn, then you’re probably better off buying a new Mac. On the flip side, if this doesn’t phase you, you can save quite a bit of money replacing a couple of components.

Components I upgraded

If you made it this far, you’re probably wondering what parts I updated on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro.

First off, I replaced the original 750GB mechanical hard drive (HDD) with a 500GB Solid State Drive (SSD). Then, I opted to remove the optical drive and replace it with a second 500GB SSD. The original plan was to create a RAID 0 drive with the two 500GB SSD’s. But, that didn’t happen. I’ll explain more about that later. Lastly, I upgraded the 8GB of RAM to 16GB.

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Prepare for the upgrade

I recommend setting up your Time Machine and backing up your existing files and programs. Take note of the programs you most commonly use. You’ll have to reinstall these applications once the existing hard drive is replaced.

Create a Bootable Flash Drive

Then, you’ll need to create a bootable flash drive with macOS. I recommend using at least an 8GB flash drive that’s new or empty, as it will be completely reformatted before installing macOS.

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Here are a couple of videos that’ll walk you through the process.

Using Terminal Commands

Using One-Click Method

Now, that you have a bootable drive, you can gather the components needed for the upgrade.

List of Parts

Here’s a full list of parts and tools that I used to upgrade my Mac.

If you want to perform this upgrade, feel free to use the same list of materials! The Items with an asterisk (*) are optional.

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To upgrade the original HDD to an SSD

Update November 2019: The 1TB and 2TB SSDs have significantly dropped in price, so you may want to consider buying the largest possible drive you can afford!

To upgrade the RAM

To replace the optical (Super Drive) with an SSD

Tools

Perform the Installation

Once you have your parts, you’re ready to do the upgrade. Here’s the video that I used to complete the installation.

DISCLAIMER: Proceed with Caution. I’m not liable for any damage you do to your computer. Do this at your own risk.

If you have some handyman skills, this should be pretty straight forward. Just be careful when working inside your computer.  Some of the cables (FaceTime Camera, WiFi module cords) are very delicate. If you break them, the repair is more complex than this upgrade.

Also, remember to unplug the battery before working on your computer!

My thoughts on the Installation

In the 6 years that I’ve owned my computer, I’ve never taken off the back cover or upgraded any of the components. If I had known this upgrade was so simple, I probably would have done this a long time ago!

It probably took me about 30-40 minutes to fully replace the RAM, the original HDD, and the optical drive. The easier replacements were the RAM and the original SSD. The optical drive replacement was a little trickier but doable.

Optional Extras

I also opted to get an External HDD Enclosure so that I could use my original HDD as a backup drive. Also, if you chose to replace the optical drive with an SSD, you may want to pick up a USB Super Drive. My computer runs noticeably faster without the internal SuperDrive taking up communication bandwidth. Therefore, I’m ok with having an external DVD drive because I prefer speed over occasional entertainment.

Software Configuration

Congrats for making it this far. I hope your installation went smoothly. Now that the hardware upgrades are finished, we can move on to installing the software.

Format Your New SSD’s and Install macOS

Once you install the new components, you’ll need to format and install a copy of macOS. I opted for macOS High Sierra, which is the latest version of macOS. One thing I wasn’t aware of is that you cannot install High Sierra on drives formatted as Striped RAID 0. So, unfortunately, I just installed macOS on one hard drive, and the other hard drive is recognized as an internal SSD. The installation video above shows you how to do this.

RAID 0 isn’t supported on High Sierra (yet)

There have been a lot of comments about this on Apple Forums, so hopefully, with the new macOS release, this problem will be fixed. If you’re planning on using the Striped RAID 0 format in the future, you will need two SSD’s of the same size. That’s why I bought two 500GB SSD’s rather than one 500 GB SSD and one 250 GB SSD to save money. So, while this wasn’t accomplished with the upgrade, it could be an addition I see soon.

RAID 0 on Catalina is promising…

While I haven’t gotten around to using RAID 0 on my Mac, a few of you have mentioned your success with RAID 0 on Catalina. You can read about that experience, here.

If you’re looking to use two SSDs, make sure they’re both the same capacity, and buy the largest ones you can afford. (It doesn’t make sense going through this process only to run out of space in a few months.)

Here’s what I’d buy (as of April 2020) if I were to do this again:

Enable TRIM once the OS is installed

Lastly, you can enable TRIM on your Samsung SSD’s.

Open up a terminal and type in the command,

sudo trimforce enable

You’ll be prompted for your login password, then hit enter. Your system will reboot to enable TRIM support. You can verify this worked by going to the Apple logo (top left) and pressing alt/option > System Information > SATA/SATA Express. Finally, choose your SSD, and look for “Trim Support: Yes”

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To read more about the benefits of TRIM, click here.

Is upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro worth it?

All-in-all the total cost to perform the upgrade was $363.25 $225.

Was it worth it? Absolutely, yes.

Related: You may also enjoy reading about the Best Laptops to Buy in 2020.

Update November 2019

Yet another price drop for this project. Expect to spend about $225 with the tools. If you’re planning to use your computer for another few years, then upgrade the SSDs to the largest size you can afford. The 1TB and 2TB SSDs have significantly dropped in price, so if you plan to do a lot of video editing or photography, it might be worth the extra up-front investment.

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Update January 2019

The replacement parts are less expensive now. If you were to do this upgrade now, it’d cost you $267 with the tools. Not too bad, considering a 32gb iPad costs $279!

Here’s the new specification of my mac:

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
  • 8GB 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 750GB 5400-rpm 2X 500GB SSD
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • macOS High Sierra

Compared to the new model, 2018 MacBook Pro, the savings are 100% worth it. I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on a new computer because mine was in really good shape. If you have taken care of your Mac, and it’s just a little slow now, then I’d highly recommend upgrading the components. I can’t recommend it enough.

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The spinning wheel of death is now a memory.

My computer used to take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to restart or boot up. Now, my computer boots in less than a minute. I can also have many memory-hogging programs (Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, etc.), and my computer is very responsive. I used to see the spinning wheel of death while working within graphics or modeling programs. Now, this is just a distant memory! 😉

I had to share this upgrade with you because I was skeptical of even doing the upgrade in the first place. But if your computer is in really good physical condition, and you have a bit of patience and handyman skills, I would say go for it!

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122 comments

  1. Hi Liz,
    Sent you a long note the other day saying that my machine is up and running on Catalina with new SSD, more memory and new battery, and thanks again for your “instructions.”
    One question: Can I enable TRIM?
    Hope you’re well and riding out the Pandemic wave.

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Howard, Thanks for the coffee! I’ve been catching up on comments, so thanks for your patience. You should be able to open up a terminal and enable trim. It’s a quick step that you can try. I’ve outlined that process here. It may or may not work with Catalina. Give it a shot, and let me know how it goes! Hope you’re doing well, too! Other than enabling TRIM, are you enjoying the upgraded 2012 MBP? ~Liz from Learn Robotics

      1. Hi Liz, Thanks for getting back to me: Here’s the message I got after putting in command: IMPORTANT NOTICE: This tool force-enables TRIM for all relevant attached
        devices, even though such devices may not have been validated for data
        integrity while using TRIM. Use of this tool to enable TRIM may result in
        unintended data loss or data corruption. It should not be used in a commercial
        operating environment or with important data. Before using this tool, you
        should back up all of your data and regularly back up data while TRIM is
        enabled. This tool is provided on an “as is” basis. APPLE MAKES NO WARRANTIES,
        EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
        NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
        REGARDING THIS TOOL OR ITS USE ALONE OR IN COMBINATION WITH YOUR DEVICES,
        SYSTEMS, OR SERVICES. BY USING THIS TOOL TO ENABLE TRIM, YOU AGREE THAT, TO THE
        EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, USE OF THE TOOL IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND
        THAT THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY AND
        EFFORT IS WITH YOU.
        Are you sure you wish to proceed (y/N)?
        I cancelled. Will I lose data? Is this a generic “Warning”? Suggestions? Thanks.

        1. Liz Miller

          Hi Howard, I believe that is a generic warning. It is a good idea to back up your data before proceeding with TRIM. Ideally, you’d set up TRIM on drives that are clean, brand-new, with nothing on them. Good luck! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  2. Hi Liz,
    I enjoy your post! I’m considering doing 2 SSD’s now too after reading this 🙂 i heard Samsung 860 PRO is pretty good for performance. Based on your experience, I’m wondering which one would you recommend if speed is priority?
    1) 2 x Samsung 860 EVO 500gb (144.99 each)
    2) 2 x Samsung 860 EVO 1TB (249.99 each)
    3) 2 x Samsung 860 PRO 512gb (214.99 each)

    Thanks!

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Winci, I have only used the 860 EVO, so I can’t speak to the PRO model. If you’re coming from the stock MBP HDD, then you’ll notice a big speed jump just by switching to an SSD. I’ve listed some options in the article above that you can try! Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  3. I have a macbook pro late 2012 and found out that I can only upgrade the ssd to an aura pro owc. Is that worth tha upgrade? Or should I sell the mac, buy an mid 2012 and upgrade the ram to an 2x8gb and the ssd to an samsung ssd 500gb?

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Emil – Upgrading an SSD to another SSD wouldn’t make a lot of sense unless you need greater storage capacity. If you’re considering buying another computer, I’d look at some of the newer MBP models instead. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  4. Chris Purcell

    Hi Liz,

    Great post! I’m looking to upgrade my Mom’s 2012 MBP (2,5 GHz i5; 4GB DDR3) and was thinking of almost the same upgrades (swap HDD for SSD + more memory) before I read your post.

    One thing I found curious is that in Apple’s support site it mentions this model supports a max of 8GB RAM (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165#1). It seems you didn’t have any problems upgrading to 16GB… any comments?

    My mom only uses her computer for email and maybe solitaire and now Zoom. Do you think it’s worth splurging for the extra RAM? I’m thinking a good SSD will make for the biggest speed improvement with 8GB RAM and not necessary to spend the extra $ on 16GB RAM.

    Thanks!

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Chris, Thanks for the kind words. You can upgrade to 16 GB RAM — I did without an issue. I’d say if you want to save money upgrading the SSD will give you a noticeable speed boost. However, RAM is fairly inexpensive, and if you can afford it, it takes less than a minute to install while you have the back cover off. Completely up to you. We’ve included links to all of the compatible parts in the article above. Good luck! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  5. Hello, I’ve been wanting to upgrade my MBP 2012 for some time but I think I’m finally going to do so. 1TB(keeping optical drive) and 16GB. My only concern is, will I be able to do the RAID0 with the 1TB or does it have to be with two ( 2 x 500GB SSD) in order for the RAID0 to be enabled.

    Hope to hear back!

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Barata, You won’t be able to set up RAID 0 with a single drive, because it requires 2 disks or more for redundancy. If you want RAID 0, you’ll have to remove the optical drive and replace it with another SSD of the same size – 2X 500 GB or 2X 1 TB, etc. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

      1. If I don’t do the RAID0, will it change my MBP speed after the upgrade? or there won’t be any noticeable difference? I’m new to this whole upgrading thing on my MBP. Just trying to cover my bases on to which is the better move.

        thanks again Liz!

        1. Liz Miller

          Hi Barata, I think you’ll still see a speed boost just by switching to an SSD. I didn’t end up setting up RAID 0, and it was still a great upgrade for me. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics | Support personalized responses on BuyMeACoffee.

  6. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your earlier response!
    Still getting ready to upgrade my 2012 MBP (including battery replacement)–holding off ’til I finish a current project. I know it’s a straightforward process, but… A couple of questions:
    -Concerns about creating back-up disk. Not sure if my current backup disk is encrypted.
    -Recommendations for 16GB USB drive?
    -Upgrade to macOS Catalina?
    -When I back up my machine won’t I be able to find most used applications on the back-up disk rather than having to reinstall from application software?
    -Install 2TB SSD rather than 1TB?

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Howard, you’re welcome. Here are some answers for you:

      1. You should be able to create a back-up using TimeMachine. The encryption if any would be your mac’s admin password – if you have one.
      2. I have the SanDisk Cruzer – really doesn’t matter too much. I just buy whatever is on sale.
      3. Yes, I recommend creating a bootable drive with macOS Catalina on it. I recommend getting a second flash drive or SD card to create your bootable drive. (8 GB minimum)
      4. You should be able to see the same apps, however, if you’ve upgraded the OS, on the new SSDs and not on the back-up, the programs may need to be updated/may not be compatible.
      5. If you can afford 2TB ~ $349, I’d say go for it. It’s nice having extra storage, especially if you have a lot of media (photos, videos, apps, etc). If you’re planning to do RAID0 by replacing the optical drive, you will need two drives of the same size.
      Good luck ~ Let me know how it goes, ~Liz from Learn Robotics

      1. Hi Liz,
        Since I’m a source of never-ending questions, I bought you another coffee. (Least I could do.)
        A bit confused about your comment #3: Is the second flash drive instead of the external backup disk that I used to backup my hard drive? Maybe you answered that in response #4. Need some clarification. What about using the SSD as backup to hard drive? (Trying to keep the process as simple as possible.)
        (Sorry, my computer ignorance is showing.)

        Also, you made mention about need to charge/recharge new battery. Suggestions, or links how to do that? One site made it seem like a tremendously time-consuming ordeal.

        Lee Kavitz, creator of the install video, has an update <>
        If I opt to just replace one drive with a 2TB will that make the computer significantly slower than replacing both drives each with 1 TB? (Lee made some mention of that.) Also, he suggested that Catalina is a bit difficult to work with. Stick w/ Mojave?
        Thanks very much, again! Hopefully you’re safe and sound!

        1. Liz Miller

          Hi Howard, Thanks for the coffee!

          To answer your questions…
          – The second flash drive is separate from your backup. Drive #1 is for your backup. Make sure this drive is larger than your current HDD. I recommend using Timemachine to create your backup drive. Drive #2 is for the new OS. Once you swap out the HDD for SSD, the SSD will be blank, so you’ll need a way to transfer the OS onto the new drive.
          – You probably could pre-load the SSD with the OS and your backup files. I haven’t tried it this way. I’ve always installed the new drive first and then added software to it.
          – If your battery cycle count is high > 900, you may want to replace the battery while you have the back cover open. You can run a system report by going to Apple > About this Mac > System Report and looking under the Power tab. The new battery can be charged and conditioned once it’s installed in the mac. More details about this here. Changing the battery isn’t a big deal at all. It’s just about as easy as swapping the RAM modules.
          – As far as just replacing 1 drive, and leaving the optical drive, not sure about speed, since I replaced both. You don’t be able to set up RAID 0 if you replace 1 drive only, as that requires a minimum of 2 drives to set up.
          – I like Catalina. I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to upgrade. If you choose not to, I would just verify that there aren’t any security patches you’re missing out on by staying a version behind.
          Hope that helps! Keep me posted on how it goes!
          ~Liz from Learn Robotics

          1. Hi Liz,
            My mid-2012 MacbookPro is now a smokin’ 2TB SSD, 16GBRAM, new battery installed machine running Catalina!
            First, thanks for all the directions for creating a bootable flash drive, installing memory, SSD, and battery! Very helpful.
            Some issues along the way: I downloaded Catalina without any issues and I re-installed my files from my TimeMachine (external hard drive) back up, and all seemed to go ok. But, when I tried to log into Catalina the system didn’t recognize me. After some hours w/ Apple Support, we had to remove all my login in info and reinstall my ID and all relevant data. Also, my Firefox bookmarks (file) seemed to have disappeared and we (another long call w/ Apple Support) had to go back into an earlier instance from the TimeMachine and find the bookmark install file. Once I had installed Catalina (actually reinstalled Catalina) , the system also only gave me one date (option) to select from my TimeMachine backups. In both instances the folks at Apple said they weren’t sure what caused these two issues, but some files were corrupted. How or why wasn’t clear to them or me.
            In any case, it’s great to work on this upgraded machine.
            Question: Can I still enable TRIM? (With all the issues I was having I was more focused on the Catalina install and getting my files re-installed, so I didn’t get around to TRIM.) Thanks!

  7. Hi Liz,
    Thanks very much for article. My mid-2012 is stuffed to the gills, so to speak, and I’m “lusting” after the supposed release of a MBP 14″. In the interim, I living with my 2012 computer–256gbSSD, 8GB memory, and dying battery. My question, though, is what do you think about “upgrading” wifi and bluetooth? Is there much to be gained? (Actually, all the MBPs need a video camera upgrade. Thoughts? ( I bought you a coffee!)

    1. Liz Miller

      Thanks for the coffee, Howard! Sounds like your 2012 MBP has some upgrade potential. IMHO, I wouldn’t touch the Wifi and Bluetooth modules. It’s a doable installation, but you probably won’t see much of a speed difference. In terms of connectivity, I’d almost look to your router and internet access speeds before trying to upgrade the computer. If anything, I’d take care of the dying battery (tutorial here) and SSD (if you’re running out of space) or RAM (it’s cheap and could help with multitasking), and wait to see when the new 14″ MBP out. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  8. Liz,
    Your guide is incredibly helpful! Is it possible/recommended to buy one 500 GB SSD, the caddy and use the old mechanical drive? I will obviously upgrade the RAM and battery as well, but I’d like to save $90 if possible. Thanks!

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Tyler, you could, but I don’t see why you’d want to. IMHO, you’d be best running everything internally off of the new SSD and using the old HDD externally for backups/storage. If you found value in this post, please consider sending us a coffee! Good luck! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  9. Hi! I am also getting a new SSD for my 2012 MacBook but I also want to install windows as another way to boot up. What is the fastest way to do it? Should I do a swap first, then load windows with the backup? or load windows first, then swap and load from backup? Thanks!

    1. Liz Miller

      Chris – after you install the new SSD, you can run Bootcamp or create a Virtual Machine to install Windows. If you found value in this post, please consider sending us a coffee! Good luck! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  10. andriana

     Hello Liz!
    really helpfull all the informations you have given here, i have a question though… if you could tell me…

    my macbook pro is mid2012 13inch, 4gb ram and 500 gb solid state drive, which hard drive will you recommend since my machine is less powerfull than yours…:) Thanks!

    1. Liz Miller

      Andriana, glad you enjoyed the article. Please consider sending us a coffee! As far as upgrading your computer, I’d recommend 16 GB RAM at a minimum. You could also upgrade the SSD to 1 TB+ and replace the optical drive with another 1 TB SSD. It depends on if you’re running out of storage on your MBP or not. There are links to the RAM and SSDs I used in the article above. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  11. Thank you for the help. I found the crash report and the thread it crashed on… any idea how to read that? It doesn’t seem like anything obvious in it to me. I had NordVPN and wondering if that could have been an issue so got rid of it. I also have cleanmymac X… hope we get this figured out because it’s so much better to use now!

    1. Liz Miller

      You’re welcome! Should be able to open the Console app -> cmd + spacebar > search “console,” then click on the diagnostic reports or user reports or crash reports. Good luck!

  12. I did a fresh install and it is still doing it. I didn’t check the battery yet. I’m pretty confident it was put back in right. It hasn’t had an issue with power. Maybe the SSD doesn’t like Catalina? It’s causing a kernel panic whatever it is. I ran cleanmymac x and says computer it clean and no malware… I’m not sure. This is frustrating. I was stoked at how much faster it was

    1. Liz Miller

      ? – Another idea – maybe backtrack to Mojave and see if the kernel panics go away. If that works, you could potentially wait until 10.15.5 comes out to upgrade. Sorry, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for you. I’m hoping it’s just the OS, and once you find a stable version, you’ll be able to enjoy the speeds!

  13. Michael Leisch

    Hi Liz. Thank you very much for these instructions – My macOS hasn’t been updated in years. Does it matter what macOS is installed on my bootable thumb drive? Can I create the Bootable thumb drive on any Mac, or does it have to be Created on my MacBook Pro?
    -M

    1. Liz Miller

      You’re welcome, Michael! I recommend downloading the latest version of macOS before doing the upgrade. You can create a bootable disk by downloading the macOS installer on any Mac and copying it over to a USB drive. Good luck with the upgrade! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  14. I followed your advice, says no problems found. Yet it shut down again. When it starts up again it says “your computer was restarted because of a problem.” hmmm…

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Kyle, without seeing your computer it’s difficult to debug. With that said, a couple of things you can check: 1) make sure the battery connector is fully making contact. 2) Try wiping and reinstalling macOS – if possible try to install 10.15.2, which is a few versions behind the current. Hopefully, this issue will go away with a reinstall. Good luck! ~Liz from Learn Robotics

  15. Kyle Hamilton

    Hey Liz! So it went ok with a few hiccups. One was ending my time machine backup before it was encrypted maybe but it still worked? And one of my rams wasn’t clicked in right. Easy fix. It’s shut off a few time’s unexpectedly and I sent a report to Apple. I forgot to do the trim thing so maybe that was why? I did it this morning quickly before work. Hopefully that’s all it was. I did a backup encrypted last night. Seems way faster and smooth already. Just hope it stops unexpectedly shutting down. Thank you again for the article and responses. I’m feeling more like a computer guy than ever! Lol

    1. Liz Miller

      Hi Kyle! Glad you were able to do the upgrade. If your computer keeps randomly shutting off, it might be helpful to run a system diagnostics to see what the problem might be. To do this, hold down the Option-D keys at startup, and it will run through the system checks. Good luck ~Liz from Learn Robotics

    2. Just an update Liz and I won’t be bothering anymore. Thanks so much for the help. It was the VPN that was causing my issues. Software issue. Which I’m happy about ??. Easy fix! Thanks again

      1. Liz Miller

        Glad you got it working Kyle! Enjoy the new setup! ?

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