How to Fix Up and Refurbish an Old Mac, DIY-Style

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Do you have an old MacBook or iMac that just isn’t running as well as it used to? So do I. It’s a 27-inch iMac from 2009. It sports a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. It’s been a great machine for me over the years, but these days (6 years after I bought it) it’s a bit too slow and frustrating for my liking. So I have begun the process of deciding whether to buy a new Mac, buy a refurbished mac or spruce up my old Mac myself and get a bit more life out of it. Depending on how old your Mac is and what condition it is in, you may come to a different conclusion, but in my case I’ve decided I want to see what I can do to pump some new life into my old Mac—on my own.

Being a tech blogger, the very first thing I wanted to do was check with a couple of experts to see what they had to say on the subject. Jeff Suovanen (JS), a technical writer with iFixit (the free repair manual for everything) and the lead technician from Mac Of All Trades (a leading site for buying/selling used Macs) were kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Here’s what they had to ...

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