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Hello Lord Xeb: Thanks for your additions!
To all those installing an SSD: I would start with the memory upgrade! The original 2 GB memory is really not enough for running multiple apps or Safari with more than 10 pages opened. Installing an SSD sure speeds up applications, but at the cost of many writes to SSD. This reduces the life time of the SSD, as the SSD has only about 3,000 write cycles per memory page. Moreover, if you you are utilizing the SSD near its capacity, its speed may deteriorate over time, let alone reducing the life time of the SSD.
Additional RAM also works faster. Once you started your applications, they are in memory and access is virtually instant. 8GB provides plenty of space and I yet haven't been able to fill it up entirely. It greatly reduces the writes to disk. At around $65 it's also a cheap solution.
You can always replace the HDD for an SSD for even better performance, especially boot time and application load time. But with 8GB of RAM, the system will have to write to disk at a much lower frequency, increasing the life time of the SSD.
In short: An SSD will certainly boost your performance, but at the cost of reduced life time. So first expand your memory and then replace the HDD for an SSD, or do both. But don't start with the SSD without adding more memory.

That is not necessarily a true statement. The SSD will probably out live the hard drive as the drive will probably fail before the SSD does from normal use.

 
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is it one of the old unibody white macbooks or the non-unibody ones? The nonuni is the one that has a removable battery by taking a coin and turning a lock the bottom. Once you remove the battery on those, there is a metal strap that goes along the inside. There are 3 screws holding that in. Loosen the screws and pull the silver L piece out. You now have access to your RAM and your hard drive. Also, the hard drive will only go in one way and is guided by a rubber guide. If you force it back in the wrong way, you will have to  take apart the mac to reseat the rubber guides...

I wouldn't call it old, but it's the white unibody type. It has this rubber coating on the bottom and the battery cannot be removed (at least not without opening 8 screws on the bottom).
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