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I bought a "for parts only" MacBook Pro (Retina, 15, Early 2013) for $400 from Craigslist and got Apple to fix it for free.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP669?locale=en_US

Apple fitted it with a new display, new top case (keyboard, touchpad, battery) and a refurbished logic board.

It works great, but I wish for a bigger SSD and SSD upgrade for it is quite expensive.

Anyway, should I sell it and get a newer model or should I just keep it (and perhaps upgrade the SSD)?

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I had previously talked about upgrading the SSD: http://slickdeals.net/f/8838291-ssd-upgrade-for-macbook-pro-retina?v=1

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It's still a nice computer and you got it for a rock bottom price. However dumping $500 into it doesn't make a ton of sense. There hasn't been a ton of speed increase in newer models but some better battery life.

What are you doing that you need the additional storage? I would try to make an affordable external option work before spending so much on an internal upgrade. The machine has Thunderbolt and USB 3 which are both high speed external options. Yes it might be slightly more inconvenient but it's also much more affordable and not locked to that one piece of hardware (Proprietary connector)
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It's still a nice computer and you got it for a rock bottom price. However dumping $500 into it doesn't make a ton of sense. There hasn't been a ton of speed increase in newer models but some better battery life.

What are you doing that you need the additional storage? I would try to make an affordable external option work before spending so much on an internal upgrade. The machine has Thunderbolt and USB 3 which are both high speed external options. Yes it might be slightly more inconvenient but it's also much more affordable and not locked to that one piece of hardware (Proprietary connector)
It has a 256GB SSD which isn't all that much after accounting for a dual-boot set up with Windows on Boot Camp.

I do have to feel sorry for those people buying the 13" MacBook Pro Retina with 128GB SSD [on the front page of Slickdeals].
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It has a 256GB SSD which isn't all that much after accounting for a dual-boot set up with Windows on Boot Camp.

I do have to feel sorry for those people buying the 13" MacBook Pro Retina with 128GB SSD [on the front page of Slickdeals].
Most people don't dual boot, so while I agree 128gb isn't a lot it's not like a 8gb phone when the OS takes up at least 1/3 of the space. You never quite answered the question of what you do with the machine. I still think external storage is your best answer here or sell the machine entirely.
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Most people don't dual boot, so while I agree 128gb isn't a lot it's not like a 8gb phone when the OS takes up at least 1/3 of the space. You never quite answered the question of what you do with the machine. I still think external storage is your best answer here or sell the machine entirely.
Well, I am a student so I run programs like Mathematica, MATLAB, etc.
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Well, I am a student so I run programs like Mathematica, MATLAB, etc.
Both those programs have native mac versions.........

256gb should be enough for 2 OS, and base programs. Now gaming, media, music, etc might need to be cloud or external if there is a lot.
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I bought a "for parts only" MacBook Pro (Retina, 15, Early 2013) for $400 from Craigslist and got Apple to fix it for free.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP669?locale=en_US

Apple fitted it with a new display, new top case (keyboard, touchpad, battery) and a refurbished logic board.

It works great, but I wish for a bigger SSD and SSD upgrade for it is quite expensive.

Anyway, should I sell it and get a newer model or should I just keep it (and perhaps upgrade the SSD)?

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I had previously talked about upgrading the SSD: http://slickdeals.net/f/8838291-ssd-upgrade-for-macbook-pro-retina?v=1

How did you get them to fix it for free?
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Both those programs have native mac versions.........

256gb should be enough for 2 OS, and base programs. Now gaming, media, music, etc might need to be cloud or external if there is a lot.
Yes, it's enough for the 2 OS and programs. I just hate to have my other stuff on the external.

For example, I go to my friend house and group study. I want to play some music, but whoops, it's on the external hard drive that I didn't bring.

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How did you get them to fix it for free?
It was fixed for free under the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues".
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Yes, it's enough for the 2 OS and programs. I just hate to have my other stuff on the external.

For example, I go to my friend house and group study. I want to play some music, but whoops, it's on the external hard drive that I didn't bring.



It was fixed for free under the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues".
There are a couple of manufactures that make large SD cards that are short in size so they sit flush in the MBP that you could easily use to add a large amount of storage for reasonable prices with nothing hanging off the side. This would be a good fit for music, media etc and way cheaper than replacing the proprietary ssd.
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There are a couple of manufactures that make large SD cards that are short in size so they sit flush in the MBP that you could easily use to add a large amount of storage for reasonable prices with nothing hanging off the side. This would be a good fit for music, media etc and way cheaper than replacing the proprietary ssd.
Considering the circumstances, I believe this is the most practical option if you really need more storage space.

I'm not too familiar with boot camp, but will you be using all of the space allocated to the Windows partition on your laptop? If there's a big chunk of space you'll probably never use on the windows partition, you could consider running Windows off a Virtual Machine instead of dual booting. Assuming you have at least 8GB of RAM. The space you have allocated for the Windows Virtual Machine would scale better than allocating a big chunk to a Windows partition.
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Well, I am a student so I run programs like Mathematica, MATLAB, etc.
Could I add SSD on macbook?
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If storage is your issue then use google drive or some cloud storage. If you absolutely must have a bigger SSD then selling and buying new is definitely NOT the answer unless you are going to leave Apple. To get a new Macbook with 512GB SSD is $$$. I mean maybe you'll get lucky and you can sell this guy for $500 less than the cost of the new 512GB.
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There are a couple of manufactures that make large SD cards that are short in size so they sit flush in the MBP that you could easily use to add a large amount of storage for reasonable prices with nothing hanging off the side. This would be a good fit for music, media etc and way cheaper than replacing the proprietary ssd.
It looks like the cheapest 480GB SSD is $210 and cheapest 1TB SSD is $400.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/s.../2012-2013

I guess I can always sell the old SSD to get some money back.

How much do those SD cards cost?

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Considering the circumstances, I believe this is the most practical option if you really need more storage space.

I'm not too familiar with boot camp, but will you be using all of the space allocated to the Windows partition on your laptop? If there's a big chunk of space you'll probably never use on the windows partition, you could consider running Windows off a Virtual Machine instead of dual booting. Assuming you have at least 8GB of RAM. The space you have allocated for the Windows Virtual Machine would scale better than allocating a big chunk to a Windows partition.
Would you post some links to them?

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Could I add SSD on macbook?
You can add SSDs to MacBook Pro (Retina) and MacBook Air, but not to MacBook (Retina).

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If storage is your issue then use google drive or some cloud storage. If you absolutely must have a bigger SSD then selling and buying new is definitely NOT the answer unless you are going to leave Apple. To get a new Macbook with 512GB SSD is $$$. I mean maybe you'll get lucky and you can sell this guy for $500 less than the cost of the new 512GB.
Ya, I see that. The current 15" MacBook Pro Retina with 512GB SSD retails for $2500 and even if I get an insane discount, it will still be very expensive.
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It looks like the cheapest 480GB SSD is $210 and cheapest 1TB SSD is $400.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/s.../2012-2013

I guess I can always sell the old SSD to get some money back.

How much do those SD cards cost?



Would you post some links to them?



You can add SSDs to MacBook Pro (Retina) and MacBook Air, but not to MacBook (Retina).



Ya, I see that. The current 15" MacBook Pro Retina with 512GB SSD retails for $2500 and even if I get an insane discount, it will still be very expensive.
You can find the links to varius short SD cards on amazon. Just put in Macbook SD Card. Like $40
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