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SSD over a normal HD in a MBP. Can someone explain why they are better?



seb

  S5 Sportback
Only got a 160gb HD in my mbp but have seen talk that it is possible to add a SSD to do the OS stuff and that this will make the MBP lightening quick?

I didn't know a MBP had space for another HD.

If it makes any difference mine is a 13 inch mid 2009 MBP 2.26 core 2 duo and 2gb of RAM.

Can anyone explain to me in idiot terms the benefit of a SSD.

Would it be simpler to just replace the old HD with a SSD one, say a 256gb one? Was looking on crucial. Seems like 8gb of RAM is an idea too.
 

Chuckles

ClioSport Moderator
Seb, in simple terms.. SSD's will read and write data much faster, they're also faster from the "off" so to speak as there's no spinning up of a disc.

Installing an SSD would mean that data could be written/read/everything'd a hell of a lot faster. It'll feel like a new machine TBH.

I'd do the RAM at the same time to give it an all round awesome upgrade.
 

seb

  S5 Sportback
Seb, in simple terms.. SSD's will read and write data much faster, they're also faster from the "off" so to speak as there's no spinning up of a disc.

Installing an SSD would mean that data could be written/read/everything'd a hell of a lot faster. It'll feel like a new machine TBH.

I'd do the RAM at the same time to give it an all round awesome upgrade.

Well that is nice to know cheers. I think doing the SSD and some RAM would make it very beastly.

I only use it for internet, photos, iTunes, word processing and excel etc. Just want it to be rapido.

Was considering selling and then buying a newer one but tbh, this one works fine, just want to speed it up a bit and expand the HD size. Would be all in for under £200. Not bad imo.
 
  Inferno 182 CUP
Personally i would get the SSD & 8GB from amazon .. will cost you under £200 and yes your machine will rocket.

When they arrive download Carbon Copy Cloner ... make a complete backup of your drive to the new SSD.

Restart your machine with this new SSD connected via USB or something and test that its bootable. If all worked fine then open the Mac and swap hard drives .. job done all data and settings identical.

Honestly its easy. If you want help PM
 

seb

  S5 Sportback
Plus I like the fact it is a 13 inch MBP. Perfect size imo.

Does anyone have a good guide for backing up the entire HD to do the swap? Quite a bit on YT but not sure what one would be best.
 

Silent_Scone

ClioSport Club Member
  Evo 5 RS
Make the most of it, the new Pros are all propitiatory and practically non-upgradable. Although looking at the specs you probably won't need to.


You want to clone your old HDD. Best way to do this is to fit your old HDD to a USB enclosure and fit the SSD. I'm not all that up on Macs but I'm sure theres still clone functionality within Mac OSX
 
I have an OCZ Vertex 3 in my gaming rig. Never seen an operating system run so slickly, and that's Windows.

SSD's FTW. No new computer I ever own will have a mechanical hard drive.

Do it.
 

jenic

ClioSport Club Member
  981 Cayman
Are some SSDs of different speeds then?

There seems massive variations in price.

I was going to go down the HDD in optical bay route, but don't like the fact it spins constantly so now thinking of getting a large (500GB) SSD, just the £300 price tag putting me off...
 
  Cayman S Edition 1
I've just upgraded from a sata 2 ssd to a sata 3, and can safely say its a massive improvement in speed. If you are going the ssd route, make sure your motherboard supports at least sata 2. A friend of mine uses hybrid drives which are part ssd, part mechanical which he raves about.
 
  2.2 bar shed.
I have an OCZ Vertex 3 in my gaming rig. Never seen an operating system run so slickly, and that's Windows.

SSD's FTW. No new computer I ever own will have a mechanical hard drive.

Do it.

So baller spec that you store mass data on SSD's? Wish I had that much money...
 
Gonna outfit my tired old 17" with an SSD and a further 4GB of RAM. I'm hoping it'll give a decent speed boost, and mean I won't have to compromise with a 15.4" that lacks the connectivity that I need.
 

n2x

  e60/f10
Mate just bought a SSD hdd. Epic fast he says. 7,9 win experience rating and all that. 500/500 read/write.
 

seb

  S5 Sportback
The bit that worries me is how does it copy the old HD over? I am just about to watch the video put up by Roy and see if I am confident at doing it... I guess i did previously build a PC so it can't be that tricky??

May well order this afternoon.
 

seb

  S5 Sportback
I have a external hd that I use for back ups etc. used it when I replaced my ps3 hd.

When I do this back up for the mbp does the new ssd I have been looking connect via USB to put the back up onto?
 
I have a external hd that I use for back ups etc. used it when I replaced my ps3 hd.

When I do this back up for the mbp does the new ssd I have been looking connect via USB to put the back up onto?

If you have 2 macs then you can use firewire transfer mode - if not you will need a caddy of some sort.
 


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