MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Upgrades

MacBook Pro 17 Unibody

This page covers all the upgrades we sell for the MacBook Pro Unibody 17" range, made between 2008 and 2011. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below. (Not the right Mac? See here for more MacBooks and MacBook Pros, or here for all Macs.)

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MacBook Pro 17 Unibody

History

This page covers the Unibody MacBook Pro 17" machines. These were introduced in October 2008, with the last revision being released in October 2011. The unibody machines replaced the earlier MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08. All models dealt with on this page have a black keyboard, the 2006-08 models have a silver keyboard. We also have pages on the MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08 and MacBook Pro 15" Unibody

In January 2009 the 17" MacBook Pro was updated to the new "Unibody" type - matching the update to the MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro that had happened in October 2008. Like the 15" MacBook Pro, the 17" model got a redesigned case, upgraded graphics card, upgraded memory bus, a move to a SATA optical drive and the loss of the FireWire 400 port (FireWire 800 still present). It also, unlike the initial 15" model, got the capability to use up to 8GB of RAM in 2 x 4GB modules. Apple specs here.

In June 2009 the line was refreshed again with a minor update, Apple specs here.

In April 2010 there was another upgrade to the processors and graphics card. The CPU moved from the Core 2 Duo chip, to the new Core i5 and i7. This model had the options of a 2.53GHz Core i5, or a 2.66GHz Core i7. Upgrade compatibility remains the same. Apple specs here.

In February 2011 the 17" MacBook Pro was upgraded to quad core i7 across the entire range, running at either 2.2 or 2.3GHz. The graphics card was upgraded, and the memory type changed to DDR3 PC10600 133MHz, and the machine can take up to 16GB RAM in 2 x 8GB modules. Apple specs here.

In October 2011 a minor update increased the CPU speed to a quad Core i7 2.4GHz (with a build-to-order 2.5GHz option) and updated the graphics card. Upgrade compatibility remains the same. Apple specs here.

How to Identify these Machines

The Unibody MacBook Pro 15" can be distinguished from the earlier MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08 model by the colour of the keyboard - models dealt with on this page have a black keyboard, earlier models have a silver one. Other similar MacBook Pros are the MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08 and MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.

The following revisions have been released.

1st Revision: Released January 2009 with the new "unibody" case with a 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. This was a major revision with a new case, upgraded memory type, and memory capacity to 8GB, a SATA optical drive and no FireWire 400 port. This MacBook Pro has the SuperDrive slot on the right-hand side, all previous models have the SuperDrive slot in the front. Apple specs here.

2nd Revision: Released June 2009 with a 2.8GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. Maximum RAM 8GB (2 x 4GB modules). Apple specs here.

3rd Revision: Released April 2010 with a 2.53GHz Core i5, or a 2.66GHz Core i7 CPU. Maximum RAM 8GB (2 x 4GB modules). Apple specs here.

4th Revision: Released February 2011 with a quad Core i7 2.2 or 2.3GHz CPU. Maximum RAM 16GB (2 x 8GB modules). This model introduced the thunderbolt port. Apple specs here.

5th Revision: Released October 2011 with a quad Core i7 2.4GHz CPU (2.5GHz BTO option). Maximum RAM 16GB (2 x 8GB modules). Apple specs here.

Memory Upgrades

Memory listed here is for the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody. Follow the relevant link for memory for the: MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08, MacBook Pro 15" Unibody or MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08.

Machines prior to February 2011 (without a thunderbolt port - 1st, 2nd and 3rd revisions) can take up to 8GB in 2 x 4GB DDR3 PC8500 (1066MHz) memory.

Machines after February 2011 (with thunderbolt port - 4th and 5th revision) can take up to 16GB in 2 x 8GB DDR3 PC10600 (1333MHz) memory.

There is no need to install RAM in pairs in this machine.

Installation Service

INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an Apple LaptopStock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)

DDR3 1333MHz PC10600 for February 2011 Revisions

OWC DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)Stock: Available£51.02 + vat (£61.22)1
Kingston DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 8GBStock: Available£58.76 + vat (£70.51)1
OWC DDR3 PC10600 SODIMM - 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)Stock: Available£95.45 + vat (£114.54)1

DDR3 1066MHz PC8500 for pre-February 2011 Revisions

Corsair DDR3 PC8500 SODIMM - 4GBStock: Available£35.20 + vat (£42.24)2
OWC DDR3 PC8500 SODIMM - 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)Stock: Available£51.44 + vat (£61.73)2
1Suitable for models released after February 2011. These models have a Thunderbolt port.
2Suitable for Unibody MacBook Pro 17" machines released before February 2011. Machines with a black keyboard, but no Thunderbolt port.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3 / 5 - Reasonably easy.

Turn off the machine and remove the power cable and battery. The RAM is accessed by removing the bottom case. See here for full instructions.

See OWC installation videos here.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The Unibody MacBook Pros use a SATA optical drive unit. At present we do not supply a compatible product.

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in a PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro or CubeStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
Optical Drive Enclosure - USB 2 enclosure for 9.5mm & 12.7mm SATA Optical DrivesStock: Available£20.00 + vat (£24.00)
Internal SATA DVD-RW 9.5mm for most unibody MacBook Pros and MacBooksStock: Available£59.00 + vat (£70.80)
External USB 2.0 CD/DVD-RW Drive - Bus PoweredStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
OWC Slim 6x Portable Blu-Ray Burner, Bus-Powered - Blu Ray, DL DVD+/-RW, CD RW/RStock: Available£104.87 + vat (£125.84)1
1Blu-Ray is not fully supported in OSX. Disks can be mounted and read, but movie playback requires third party software.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

Hard drives and SSDs listed here are for the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody. Follow the relevant link for hard drives for the: MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 15" 2006-08, MacBook Pro 15" Unibody or MacBook Pro 17" 2006-08.

To get an idea of the performance differences between a hard drive and an SSD, see this video from OWC - the SSD used is the OWC Mercuary Extreme Pro 6G which is listed below.

The MacBook Pro 17" Unibody uses a 2.5" SATA hard drive. All of the following drives are compatible with this MacBook Pro.

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

Installation Services

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Drive in a PowerBook or MacBook/MacBook ProStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Fit Customer Supplied PartStock: Available£17.50 + vat (£21.00)

Hard Drives Spinning at 5400RPM

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 7mm SATA 5400RPMStock: Available£41.07 + vat (£49.28)
Seagate Laptop Hard Drive 2TB 2.5in SATA 600 5400RPMStock: Available£78.87 + vat (£94.64)

Hard Drives Spinning at 7200RPM

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" SATA 7200RPMStock: Available£54.90 + vat (£65.88)
Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" SATA 600 7200RPMStock: Available£56.10 + vat (£67.32)

Hard Drive/SSD Hybrids

Seagate FireCuda 5400RPM 1TB 2.5" HYBRID 8GB SSDStock: Available£59.59 + vat (£71.51)
Seagate FireCuda 5400RPM 2TB 2.5" HYBRID 8GB SSDStock: Available£93.55 + vat (£112.26)

Internal Solid State Disk (SSD) Drives

OWC Mercury 120GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£46.99 + vat (£56.39)1
OWC Mercury 250GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£70.66 + vat (£84.79)1
OWC Mercury 500GB Electra 3G 2.5" SATA 300 SSDStock: Available£129.45 + vat (£155.34)1
OWC Mercury 120GB Extreme Pro 6G 2.5 SSD SATA 600 Read 559MB/s Write 527MB/sStock: Special Order£81.13 + vat (£97.36)2
OWC Mercury 480GB Extreme Pro 6G 2.5 SSD SATA 600 Read 559MB/s Write 527MB/sStock: Special Order£174.66 + vat (£209.59)2
Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£64.35 + vat (£77.22)
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£89.60 + vat (£107.52)
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Available£194.88 + vat (£233.86)
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Special Order£381.72 + vat (£458.06)
Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD SATA 600Stock: Special Order£825.93 + vat (£991.12)

HDD Mounts for Optical Bay

Optical Drive Bay Hard Drive Caddy SATA - SATA for 9.5mm DrivesStock: Available£19.00 + vat (£22.80)
Optical Drive Bay Hard Drive Caddy 9.5mm SATA + Enclosure for Optical DriveStock: Available£32.00 + vat (£38.40)
1Recommended for models up to the Early 2011 (models without Thunderbolt). These have a SATA 300 controller.
2Recommended for the Early 2011 model and later (models with Thunderbolt). These have a SATA 600 controller.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3/5 - Reasonably Easy

The hard drive in Unibody MacBook Pro 17" machines is a user installable part, Apple provides a guide here.

We also offer an installation service should you not want to fit the part yourself.

See OWC installation videos here.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card in the MacBook Pro is part of the main logic board, and is therefore not replaceable.

REPAIR SERVICE - Graphics Card Reflow for MacBook Pro 2011 Dual GPU ModelsStock: Available£85.00 + vat (£102.00)1
REPAIR SERVICE - Replace LCD Panel on any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartStock: Available£169.00 + vat (£202.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody - Fitting & PartStock: Available£89.00 + vat (£106.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass and LCD Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartsStock: Available£189.00 + vat (£226.80)
1For MacBook Pro 2011 dual graphics cards models with graphics card issue.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your MacBook Pro 17" Unibody has an ExpressCard/34 slot for expansion.

INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Slot Card in a Laptop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
Sonnet Tempo eSata Edge Express 34 Card 1 port with MultiplierStock: Special Order£19.00 + vat (£22.80)1
Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 2 port eSATA CardStock: Unavailable£80.00 + vat (£96.00)
Sonnet 4 port USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34Stock: Special Order£23.00 + vat (£27.60)
Sonnet FireWire 800 ExpressCard/34 (2-port FireWire 800)Stock: Special Order£48.00 + vat (£57.60)
Sonnet FireWire/USB 2.0 ExpressCard/34 (2-port FireWire 400 and 1-port USB 2.0)Stock: Available£40.00 + vat (£48.00)
1Not compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7 on Unibody MacBook Pros.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 1 / 5 - Very Easy (Express34 slot only).

Install any supplied software, turn off the machine and insert the ExpressCard into the socket on the machine.

Restart machine and away you go.

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

Third Party 85W AC adapter for MacBook/MacBook ProStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
Battery for MacBook Pro 17" Unibody 2009/2010Stock: Available£75.00 + vat (£90.00)1
Battery for MacBook Pro 17" Unibody 2011Stock: Special Order£75.00 + vat (£90.00)2
1For the MacBook Pro Unibody revisions released in 2009 and 2010.
2For the MacBook Pro Unibody revisions released in 2011.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock - Thunderbolt to Firewire 800, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and Audio in/outStock: Available£198.05 + vat (£237.66)1
Thunderbolt 2 Cable (White) - 1mStock: Available£31.78 + vat (£38.14)2
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Cable (Black) - 3mStock: Special Order£39.24 + vat (£47.09)2
USB 2 to 2.5in SATA Drive Cable (for accessing a 2.5in SATA drive via USB)Stock: Available£6.49 + vat (£7.79)
FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)
Mini DisplayPort - VGA M/F Video AdaptorStock: Available£15.72 + vat (£18.86)3
Mini DisplayPort - DVI M/F Passive Video AdaptorStock: Available£12.50 + vat (£15.00)3
Mini DisplayPort - DVI M/F Active Video AdaptorStock: Available£28.00 + vat (£33.60)3
Mini DisplayPort - HDMI M/F Passive AdaptorStock: Available£14.00 + vat (£16.80)3
Mini DisplayPort - HDMI M/F Active AdaptorStock: Available£26.15 + vat (£31.38)3

Tools

Torx Screwdriver Set - 20mm T6 T7 T8 T9 T10Stock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)
1Only for models with a Thunderbolt port, running OSX 10.9.5 or later.
2Only suitable for models with a Thunderbolt port.
3For models with a Mini DisplayPort video output port.

External Drives & Enclosures

The 17" version of the Macbook Pro Unibody has FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. Models from February 2011 also have a Thunderbolt port. The laptop also has an ExpressCard slot which is a high bandwidth expansion port, suitable for adding connectivity suitable for fast external storage.

3.5" USB 3 External Drives

WD Elements USB 3 (USB 2 compatible) 3.5in External HDD - 2TBStock: Available£83.37 + vat (£100.04)
WD Elements USB 3 (USB 2 compatible) 3.5in External HDD - 4TBStock: Available£118.10 + vat (£141.72)

2.5" USB 3.0 External Drives

Buffalo MiniStation 1TB USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) 2.5in Hard DriveStock: Available£55.03 + vat (£66.04)

Docking Stations

NewerTech Voyager Q Quad Interface 2.5 & 3.5 SATA Hard Drive Docking StationStock: Special Order£64.77 + vat (£77.72)

Thunderbolt Enclosures

3.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 Enclosure for 3.5in SATA DrivesStock: Available£35.79 + vat (£42.95)

2.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 (USB 2 compatible) Enclosure for 2.5in SATA Drive with UASPStock: Available£19.02 + vat (£22.82)

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

There are none available.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Repair Services

Mac Laptop Logic Board Repair Service - NO FIX, NO FEE!Stock: Available£150.00 + vat (£180.00)
Apple Mac Logic Board Connector ReplacementStock: Available£150.00 + vat (£180.00)
REPAIR SERVICE - Graphics Card Reflow for MacBook Pro 2011 Dual GPU ModelsStock: Available£85.00 + vat (£102.00)1
REPAIR SERVICE - Replace LCD Panel on any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartStock: Available£169.00 + vat (£202.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody - Fitting & PartStock: Available£89.00 + vat (£106.80)
REPAIR SERVICE - Replacement Glass and LCD Panel for any MacBook Pro Unibody with glossy display - Fitting & PartsStock: Available£189.00 + vat (£226.80)

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Drive in a PowerBook or MacBook/MacBook ProStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an Apple LaptopStock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Slot Card in a Laptop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in a PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro or CubeStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
1For MacBook Pro 2011 dual graphics cards models with graphics card issue.