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To be clear, this is much more of an upgrade than a "fix." The goal was to keep my mix-2010 MacBook Pro running smoothly through at least the next two years while I'm still in school. I use a handful of heavy applications, sometimes at the same time, and I had noticed the RAM getting overburdened in ways that it never had before. Instead of buying a new computer, which isn't quite yet justifiable with a 2010, I decided to drop a few hundred dollars and double the RAM (from 2x2gb to 2x4gb) and upgrade the stock 250gb standard HD to a 500gb Solid State Hybrid HD.
While I was at it, I decided to replace the optical drive with a caddy, and put my old 250gb hard drive into that to use as an internal TimeMachine drive.
Changing the hard drive and RAM was super easy and more straightforward than I anticipated.
When removing the stock optical drive, I had some trouble with a stripped screw (which is apparently very common), but that is outside the scope of these products.
The ~$250 I spent on this upgrade is surely worth it, especially considering the cost of a new computer. I expect this new setup to get me through a few more years, after which I'll upgrade my computer.