Chapter 2: Add RAM, Hard Drive Space, and Stir
In This Chapter
Understanding the advantages of extra RAM
Shopping for a RAM upgrade
Choosing between internal and external hard drives
Determining your hard drive needs
Shopping for a new hard drive
Installing your upgrades
Most Macintosh owners will make two upgrades — adding more memory (RAM) and additional hard drive space — during the lifetime of their computers. These two improvements have the greatest effect on the overall performance of OS X. By adding RAM and additional hard drive space, not only do you make more elbow room for your applications and documents, but everything runs faster: Think of the Six Million Dollar Man, only a heck of a lot cheaper to operate (and no strange noises accompanying your every move).
In this chapter — meant for those of you who aren’t well versed in selecting memory modules or weighing the advantages ...