Guaranteed compatible upgrades for:

Apple MacBook Pro 2008 (Late) Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 15-inch (Unibody) (MacBookPro5,1)

System Specifications
Maximum Memory:
  • 4GB (Original Apple Specs)
  • 8GB (confirmed by 100's of our customers)
  • 2 Sockets
Standard Memory:
  • 2GB (Removable)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
Bus Architecture:
  • SSD - SATA 2.5-inch 9.5mm
Mfr's System P/N's:
  • MB470LL/A; MB470T/A; MB471LL/A; MC026LL/A; MC026T/A; MC026X/A
Upgrade Path:
  • Virtually any configuration up to 8GB can be reached using any combination of 1,2 and 4GB modules or kits.
  • MacBookPro5,1 15-inch Late-2008 A1286 EMC 2255


  • - RAM upgrade guide
  • - HDD/SSD upgrade guide
  • - Dual HDD/SSD install guide
  • - Battery replacement

  • RAM Upgrade

  • Although Apple only officially supports 4GB total installed RAM, this MacBook Pro can actually be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB (4GB + 4GB) of RAM, which we have confirmed with many 100's of our customers. . Choose your ram modules on the left. All the tools you'll need are in the Essential Electronics Toolkit and an Medium Anti-static mat is also recommended. Then follow this guide to install the RAM.

  • HDD->HDD / SSD

  • By default, this model is configured with a 250GB 2.5-inch hard drive connected to 3.0Gb/s SATA port. To upgrade the existing 2.5-inch HDD to a larger capacity HDD or high performance SSD, purchase the same tools as for the RAM upgrade above, and follow this guide. Plus you’ll need a larger 2.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch SSD.

  • To clone your existing OS/app setup first, purchase a cloning cable or 2.5-inch HDD/SDD enclosure to connect your new SSD to your mac, then use the Super Duper app to perform the clone, then switch the drives. You can keep your old 2.5-inch HDD in the enclosure for external storage.


  • Adding a second drive requires replacement of the existing DVD-drive using this Dual Drive Kit, which also contains all of the required tools and driver bits. Follow this guide to do the installation. And of course, you’ll need a new 2.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch SSD to go in the new enclosure.


  • A Battery replacement is available for this system (see the bottom of the product page for installation video).

  • This system is capable of supporting 8 GB of RAM if updated to at least Boot ROM Version MBP51.007E.B05 and running MacOS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or higher.