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markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 08:03 PM
I have a mid 2010 Macbook Pro 13" 250 gb hdd, 4 gb RAM and 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running Lion. It runs fine, but slows down when I'm doing a lot of stuff at once.

I'm going to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my Mac when it comes out and I was wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade my RAM to 8 gb (2 X 4gb)?

Also, is it possible to replace my hdd with an ssd?

Thanks.



ECUpirate44
Jul 19, 2012, 08:09 PM
Yes and yes

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I just got a new HDD for my MBP. I'm thinking I should wait for Mountain Lion to come out before I install it, theres no point in downloading Lion only to install Mountain Lion days later.

What should my process be for upgrading to Mountain Lion? Should I download ML over Lion on the old HDD and then install the new one and transfer all the data?

Or should I purchase ML on the old hdd, and use ML recovery to install it on the new HDD?

Not sure what my course of action should be, any advice is appreciated.

markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 08:17 PM
Yes and yes

Any suggestions as to which SSD I should buy?

I'm thinking of getting 2 X 4 gb RAM from Kingston, but which ssd should I get? Or should I stick with my hdd? (there's nothing wrong with it, I just wanted the speed boost from a SSD)

ECUpirate44
Jul 19, 2012, 08:25 PM
Any suggestions as to which SSD I should buy?

I'm thinking of getting 2 X 4 gb RAM from Kingston, but which ssd should I get? Or should I stick with my hdd? (there's nothing wrong with it, I just wanted the speed boost from a SSD)

Ssd's are expensive. The Samsung 810 is popular right now.

markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 08:27 PM
Ssd's are expensive. The Samsung 810 is popular right now.

Yea, I don't think I'm willing to pay ~$300 for a 256 gb SSD. My 250 gb HDD is fine.

So the question is, will the 8 gb RAM upgrade be worthwhile?

ECUpirate44
Jul 19, 2012, 08:29 PM
Yea, I don't think I'm willing to pay ~$300 for a 256 gb SSD. My 250 gb HDD is fine.

So the question is, will the 8 gb RAM upgrade be worthwhile?

Depends on what you do on the computer, but ram is cheap. I just bought a 750gb hybrid drive for 150.

markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 08:38 PM
Depends on what you do on the computer, but ram is cheap. I just bought a 750gb hybrid drive for 150.

Are hybrid drives reliable? Will the improve performance over a HDD?

ECUpirate44
Jul 19, 2012, 08:43 PM
Are hybrid drives reliable? Will the improve performance over a HDD?

Yup. I installed one the other day, definitely faster than my 7200rpm drive.

Branskins
Jul 19, 2012, 08:44 PM
Depends on what you do on the computer, but ram is cheap. I just bought a 750gb hybrid drive for 150.

What brand is it? How is it so far?

Thanks

SlCKB0Y
Jul 19, 2012, 08:46 PM
Will the improve performance over a HDD?

Probably, but an SSD will destroy both.

Crucial m4's generally work really well and you can get a 256GB one for about $200US. Maybe even less.

ECUpirate44
Jul 19, 2012, 08:46 PM
What brand is it? How is it so far?

Thanks

Seagate momentus xt. So far it's great, I notice a difference in read speeds especially when opening apps.

ender land
Jul 19, 2012, 08:47 PM
Yea, I don't think I'm willing to pay ~$300 for a 256 gb SSD. My 250 gb HDD is fine.

So the question is, will the 8 gb RAM upgrade be worthwhile?

256gb SSD's have been hovering just below $200 pretty often as of late. Still a not-so-small chunk of change but definitely less than $300

benj07
Jul 19, 2012, 09:39 PM
I just got a new HDD for my MBP. I'm thinking I should wait for Mountain Lion to come out before I install it, theres no point in downloading Lion only to install Mountain Lion days later.

What should my process be for upgrading to Mountain Lion? Should I download ML over Lion on the old HDD and then install the new one and transfer all the data?

Or should I purchase ML on the old hdd, and use ML recovery to install it on the new HDD?

Not sure what my course of action should be, any advice is appreciated.

Create a ML USB stick and clean install from that. Then restore your data.

CheesePuff
Jul 19, 2012, 10:02 PM
Crucial m4 256 GB SSD can be had for $199 with free shipping at a lot of online retailers now. Highly recommended.

markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 11:02 PM
I'm seriously considering getting the Crucial m4 256 GB SSD and upgrading my ram to 8 gb (2 X 4 gb).
The only really intense thing I do with my MDP (2010 13") is movies in iMovie, and on my current setup it always lags a bit, and exporting takes forever. With this upgrade will it go faster/work smoother? (will the ssd make a difference in this case or just the upgraded RAM?)

Thanks!

VTECaddict
Jul 19, 2012, 11:21 PM
I think the RAM will be the biggest difference in video editing. SSD will help too. Exporting wise, it's more just raw CPU power so not much difference there.

markrox7
Jul 19, 2012, 11:23 PM
Does upgrading hdd to ssd make that big of a difference?

SlCKB0Y
Jul 19, 2012, 11:48 PM
Does upgrading hdd to ssd make that big of a difference?

In terms of overall system responsiveness, boot times, shutdown, opening applications and moving files around an SSD is a MASSIVE upgrade.

It will feel like a totally new machine.

2 x 4GB of RAM should cost $50 or less and between the RAM and the SSD you'll be very happy.

Don't forget to enable trim for your SSD! It's just a few commands in the terminal:
http://digitaldj.net/2011/07/21/trim-enabler-for-lion/

RMXO
Jul 20, 2012, 01:18 AM
Crucial m4 256 GB SSD can be had for $199 with free shipping at a lot of online retailers now. Highly recommended.

+1

I run this in my desktop & it rocks. I plan to install in my MBP once I get enough to buy one & a caddy for my 750GB.

/V\acpower
Jul 20, 2012, 01:56 AM
Yes and yes

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I just got a new HDD for my MBP. I'm thinking I should wait for Mountain Lion to come out before I install it, theres no point in downloading Lion only to install Mountain Lion days later.

What should my process be for upgrading to Mountain Lion? Should I download ML over Lion on the old HDD and then install the new one and transfer all the data?

Or should I purchase ML on the old hdd, and use ML recovery to install it on the new HDD?

Not sure what my course of action should be, any advice is appreciated.

My suggestion : Buy a USB external case for your old HDD. Boot your system from the old HDD (in the USB case) with Lion installed on it. Download Mountain Lion on this HDD, then start the installer and choose to install ML on the internal SSD then.

It will be a clean install (or course).

ianwuk
Jul 20, 2012, 02:57 AM
I have the same MBP, upgraded HDD to 750GB and RAM to 8GB and Mountain Lion works great.

ianwuk

krspkbl
Jul 20, 2012, 05:46 AM
Hey,

I'm doing the same with my MacBook. Specs in my signature!

It came with 2GB when I bought it but I upgraded to 4GB not long after buying it in 2008. I recently upgraded to 8GB. You really can't go wrong with updating the RAM. It cost me 50/$87 for 8GB. Right now, it's down to 38/$59 for 8GB.

I see you currently have 4GB RAM installed. My advice would be to forget about upgrading the RAM just now. Why? I haven't noticed much difference between 4GB/8GB. I only upgraded because I had enough money to spare and I wanted to make my MacBook last as long as possible.

If you're looking for improved performance then it's gonna come from an SSD much much more than from RAM. If you're wanting an SSD then instead of buying RAM just now put the money towards an SSD. Leave buying RAM until you've got an SSD and installed ML. The price of RAM will only get cheaper. See how your Mac performs on 4GB with an SSD and then if you still want 8GB buy it for a bit cheaper :)

SSD's are still quite expensive. A HD cost about 0.20/$0.32 per GB while an SSD costs about 0.61/$0.96 per GB. For a 250GB HD it's ~50/$78 and for a 256GB SSD it's ~155/$243. If you don't buy RAM then that 38/$59 will go towards the SSD. Every little helps! :)

My choice of SSD was the Crucial M4 256GB. Haven't tested it out yet but a lot of people recommend it. I will be installing it in my MacBook after I download ML.

Here is how I'm going about it:

I'll download ML from the Mac App Store
Put the installer on a USB drive by following these instructions: Click here! (http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/17/make-bootable-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-usb-install-drive/). If you wanted to burn it to a DVD then Click here! (http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/08/create-burn-bootable-mac-os-x-lion-install-disc/).
Once the installer is on the USB/DVD then remove the HD and put in the SSD.
Power on Mac while holding the option key and selecting the DVD/USB.
If you haven't already then format the SSD to Mac OSX Extended (Journaled)
Once it's formatted then proceed to install the OS!


Hope that helps :D Good luck!

satcomer
Jul 20, 2012, 06:51 AM
Then there are install videos for most any Mac (http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/).

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 10:21 AM
So, in preparation for Mountain Lion, I'm going to replace my hdd with a Crucial m4 256 gb SSD and leave the RAM at 4 gb (for now).
People who have replaced their hdds with a ssd, will I see an improvement?

krspkbl
Jul 20, 2012, 11:23 AM
I haven't replaced mine yet (see my earlier post - I bought the Crucial M4 256GB) but I can guarantee you that you will notice a HUGE improvement in performance and speed.

Boot/shut down times will be much faster. HD's need to spin up before they can be accessed. Data can only be read/written when the the disc is in the right position under the HD pin/needle. SSD's can be accessed MUCH faster. My stock HD's access time is 12ms. The Crucial M4 256GB is <0.1ms! That's just the speed!

They have no moving parts they are absolutely silent and much more shock resistant/durable. They use less power and generate less heat. I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't get an SSD apart from the cost! If you can afford one then BUY ONE!! Once you pay the price then it's all good from then on.

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 11:30 AM
I haven't replaced mine yet (see my earlier post - I bought the Crucial M4 256GB) but I can guarantee you that you will notice a HUGE improvement in performance and speed.

Boot/shut down times will be much faster. HD's need to spin up before they can be accessed. Data can only be read/written when the the disc is in the right position under the HD pin/needle. SSD's can be accessed MUCH faster. My stock HD's access time is 12ms. The Crucial M4 256GB is <0.1ms! That's just the speed!

They have no moving parts they are absolutely silent and much more shock resistant/durable. They use less power and generate less heat. I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't get an SSD apart from the cost! If you can afford one then BUY ONE!! Once you pay the price then it's all good from then on.

I just ordered mine from Amazon and it's supposed to come by Tuesday (the day before ML is supposedly coming out so perfect, I'll install it when I get ML together). I'm excited now. Thanks!
It was pretty expensive ($203), but I rarely spend my money on personal things like this, so I decided to go for it and hopefully it'll pay off!

jacg
Jul 20, 2012, 11:46 AM
People who have replaced their hdds with a ssd, will I see an improvement?

Massive improvement. Once you've gone SSD, you'll never be able to go back. As a number of people have already said... :)

Any operation involving transfers of data between RAM and disk will be much faster. With a spinning disk this is a bottleneck. I can't say for sure it will greatly speed up CPU-heavy tasks like exporting from iMovie, but you won't care because every other action will be like you have a brand new SSD-based computer. I did this with a 2008 MBP. Still awesome.

An enclosure is 10 and this will give you some space for backup or archiving your movie projects, etc.

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 12:06 PM
Massive improvement. Once you've gone SSD, you'll never be able to go back. As a number of people have already said... :)

Any operation involving transfers of data between RAM and disk will be much faster. With a spinning disk this is a bottleneck. I can't say for sure it will greatly speed up CPU-heavy tasks like exporting from iMovie, but you won't care because every other action will be like you have a brand new SSD-based computer. I did this with a 2008 MBP. Still awesome.

An enclosure is 10 and this will give you some space for backup or archiving your movie projects, etc.

I have a separate backup hdd (250 gb) and all of my files and applications are on there.
Here's my plan, and I believe someone mentioned this earlier in the thread:
I'm going to download ML (when it comes out) on my hdd. I'll then create the disk image on a USB (i'm doing a clean install.) I'll replace my HDD with my new SSD, then configure the ssd, and then cleanly install Mountain Lion.
If anyone has any good videos/tutorials/instructions on how to do this exaclty, they would be greatly appreciated!:apple:

krspkbl
Jul 20, 2012, 02:32 PM
I tried looking for guides but can't seem to find anything worthwhile.

It shouldn't be too complicated. I know how to burn the installer onto dvd/usb and do a clean install with Lion. The only difference is I'll be doing it on a new SSD.

I think it should be as simple as burning the installer to a dvd/usb drive, putting the SSD in and booting from the dvd/usb. Once you boot from either one you just format the SSD (if you haven't already) and then follow the instructions to install the OS :)

ADMProducer
Jul 20, 2012, 02:41 PM
I personally have an OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD and taken the Superdrive out and replaced it with a 500GB HDD. I also have 2x4GB ram. This is a 2.4ghz mid-2010 MBP13.

This way, I have all my system and applications on the SSD and all my bulky multimedia items on the HDD. When I'm not using any multimedia files I simply eject the HDD and save battery power!

I think it's a good setup. Much cheaper than a bigger SSD.

Boots up in less than 15 seconds on Lion. I'm hoping to hit nearly 10 seconds on ML.

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 02:54 PM
I tried looking for guides but can't seem to find anything worthwhile.

It shouldn't be too complicated. I know how to burn the installer onto dvd/usb and do a clean install with Lion. The only difference is I'll be doing it on a new SSD.

I think it should be as simple as burning the installer to a dvd/usb drive, putting the SSD in and booting from the dvd/usb. Once you boot from either one you just format the SSD (if you haven't already) and then follow the instructions to install the OS :)

How do I format the ssd?

ECUpirate44
Jul 20, 2012, 02:56 PM
How do I format the ssd?

Disk utility, select the drive, erase with Mac OS extended journaled.

AppleFanatic10
Jul 20, 2012, 03:02 PM
I have a mid 2010 Macbook Pro 13" 250 gb hdd, 4 gb RAM and 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running Lion. It runs fine, but slows down when I'm doing a lot of stuff at once.

I'm going to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my Mac when it comes out and I was wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade my RAM to 8 gb (2 X 4gb)?

Also, is it possible to replace my hdd with an ssd?

Thanks.

Upgrading to 8GB of RAM is definitely worth the upgrade. You'll see a significant difference in speed and the way your app handles running more apps. I suggest buying your RAM at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/), they give you a lifetime warranty. :)

Orlandoech
Jul 20, 2012, 03:23 PM
Upgrading to 8GB of RAM is definitely worth the upgrade. You'll see a significant difference in speed and the way your app handles running more apps. I suggest buying your RAM at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/), they give you a lifetime warranty. :)

99% of RAM manufacturers give you life time warranty.

I recommend Corsair, Crucial or Samsung SSDs.

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I have a separate backup hdd (250 gb) and all of my files and applications are on there.
Here's my plan, and I believe someone mentioned this earlier in the thread:
I'm going to download ML (when it comes out) on my hdd. I'll then create the disk image on a USB (i'm doing a clean install.) I'll replace my HDD with my new SSD, then configure the ssd, and then cleanly install Mountain Lion.
If anyone has any good videos/tutorials/instructions on how to do this exaclty, they would be greatly appreciated!:apple:


Tutorial, you just gave yourself a tutorial lol.

http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/17/make-bootable-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-usb-install-drive/

Ive already put Mtn Lion on a USB and cleanly installed Mtn Lion to my mac.

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I tried looking for guides but can't seem to find anything worthwhile.

It shouldn't be too complicated. I know how to burn the installer onto dvd/usb and do a clean install with Lion. The only difference is I'll be doing it on a new SSD.

I think it should be as simple as burning the installer to a dvd/usb drive, putting the SSD in and booting from the dvd/usb. Once you boot from either one you just format the SSD (if you haven't already) and then follow the instructions to install the OS :)


Yes, very easy.

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 05:16 PM
Quick question:
When I install my new ssd, how can I format it? Do I just turn on my mac and it'll go into disk utility?

krspkbl
Jul 20, 2012, 06:14 PM
Quick question:
When I install my new ssd, how can I format it? Do I just turn on my mac and it'll go into disk utility?

I used a HD enclosure so it was as simple as putting the SSD in that, plug the usb cable in and formatting it using Disk Utility.

If you don't have an enclosure then you could try downloading the ML installer, burning it to DVD/USB and then boot up your Mac from that. Instead of installing the OS just go to Disk Utility and format the SSD. Once that's done then just install the OS :)

I suggest burning to USB over DVD as it's much simpler and faster than DVD.

Here's a guide to what should be done:

1. Download ML installer from Mac App Store.
2. Burn installer onto USB/DVD. Guides are in my earlier post. If you're burning to DVD then put it in the drive before next step.
3. Shut down Mac, remove HD and install SSD. You'll need both a 00 Philips & Torx T6 screwdriver!
4. If you burn to USB then plug it in BEFORE turning Mac back on.
5. Turn Mac on and hold option key. The option to boot into USB/DVD will come up. Select it.
6. If you haven't already then format the SSD by selecting Disk Utility then format to Mac OS Extended Journaled.
7. Go back and start installation process and follow the instructions. Don't remove USB/DVD until the OS is fully installed.

markrox7
Jul 20, 2012, 11:47 PM
I used a HD enclosure so it was as simple as putting the SSD in that, plug the usb cable in and formatting it using Disk Utility.

If you don't have an enclosure then you could try downloading the ML installer, burning it to DVD/USB and then boot up your Mac from that. Instead of installing the OS just go to Disk Utility and format the SSD. Once that's done then just install the OS :)

I suggest burning to USB over DVD as it's much simpler and faster than DVD.

Here's a guide to what should be done:

1. Download ML installer from Mac App Store.
2. Burn installer onto USB/DVD. Guides are in my earlier post. If you're burning to DVD then put it in the drive before next step.
3. Shut down Mac, remove HD and install SSD. You'll need both a 00 Philips & Torx T6 screwdriver!
4. If you burn to USB then plug it in BEFORE turning Mac back on.
5. Turn Mac on and hold option key. The option to boot into USB/DVD will come up. Select it.
6. If you haven't already then format the SSD by selecting Disk Utility then format to Mac OS Extended Journaled.
7. Go back and start installation process and follow the instructions. Don't remove USB/DVD until the OS is fully installed.

I'm going to download the installer onto a USB, then replace my hdd with a ssd. How do I boot to the mountain lion installer on the USB, and then how do I go about formatting my ssd? (sorry this is my first time doing a clean install and replacing my hdd)

SlCKB0Y
Jul 21, 2012, 12:04 AM
You'll make your life WAY easier if you get an external enclosure for your existing drive.

That way you install the SSD, put the stock HDD in an enclosure. You'll be able to boot from this external HDD and then use the App Store ML app to clean install to the internal SSD.

Doing it this way means that you:
1. Have an easily booted external backup in case something goes wrong.
2. You will be putting your previous hard drive to use as an external drive.
3. You don't need to mess about with DVDs or USB sticks.

Much better way IMO.

markrox7
Jul 21, 2012, 12:10 AM
You'll make your life WAY easier if you get an external enclosure for your existing drive.

That way you install the SSD, put the stock HDD in an enclosure. You'll be able to boot from this external HDD and then use the App Store ML app to clean install to the internal SSD.

Doing it this way means that you:
1. Have an easily booted external backup in case something goes wrong.
2. You will be putting your previous hard drive to use as an external drive.
3. You don't need to mess about with DVDs or USB sticks.

Much better way IMO.

Thanks, but I was hoping for instructions on how to complete my setup.
I have a functioning Time Machine backup. I'm going to download Mountain Lion, put the installer on a USB. I'll replace my HDD with my new SSD. I understand how to do everything up until this point. What do I do after I have my SSD in my macbook pro and Mountain Lion installer on a USB?

SlCKB0Y
Jul 21, 2012, 02:08 AM
What do I do after I have my SSD in my macbook pro and Mountain Lion installer on a USB?

I can't really understand what you're asking...

Boot the Mac, hold the option key and select USB? Am I missing something or is this what you need to know?

krspkbl
Jul 21, 2012, 05:39 AM
Thanks, but I was hoping for instructions on how to complete my setup.
I have a functioning Time Machine backup. I'm going to download Mountain Lion, put the installer on a USB. I'll replace my HDD with my new SSD. I understand how to do everything up until this point. What do I do after I have my SSD in my macbook pro and Mountain Lion installer on a USB?

I'll help you :)

Follow these steps and you should be fine.

1. Download ML from Mac App Store.

2. Once it has downloaded you need to burn the installer onto a USB. For a guide to do this click here! (http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/17/make-bootable-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-usb-install-drive/)

3. Once you get to the part that says "When finished, reboot the Mac and hold down the Option key to bring up the boot menu:" Don't do this. What you need to do is SHUT DOWN the Mac. Remove your old HD and install the new SSD. Here is a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd3RS-GGsCI) showing you what needs to be done. You'll need a 00 Philips/Torx T6 screwdriver.

4. Once the SSD is installed then plug in the USB drive. Power on the Mac and hold down the option key (between ctrl/cmd) until you see this screen. (http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mac-boot-screen.jpg) The orange disk is the USB drive. Select that and you'll boot into it.

5. Once the installer starts running then you'll presented with some options. Find the Disk Utility and format your SSD to "Mac OS Extended Journaled". Should only take about 10-20 seconds :)

6. When the SSD is formatted exit Disk Utility and select the option to start installation. Just follow the instructions and that's it! Don't remove the USB until ML is fully installed.

markrox7
Jul 21, 2012, 09:48 AM
I'll help you :)

Follow these steps and you should be fine.

1. Download ML from Mac App Store.

2. Once it has downloaded you need to burn the installer onto a USB. For a guide to do this click here! (http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/17/make-bootable-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-usb-install-drive/)

3. Once you get to the part that says "When finished, reboot the Mac and hold down the Option key to bring up the boot menu:" Don't do this. What you need to do is SHUT DOWN the Mac. Remove your old HD and install the new SSD. Here is a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd3RS-GGsCI) showing you what needs to be done. You'll need a 00 Philips/Torx T6 screwdriver.

4. Once the SSD is installed then plug in the USB drive. Power on the Mac and hold down the option key (between ctrl/cmd) until you see this screen. (http://cdn.osxdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mac-boot-screen.jpg) The orange disk is the USB drive. Select that and you'll boot into it.

5. Once the installer starts running then you'll presented with some options. Find the Disk Utility and format your SSD to "Mac OS Extended Journaled". Should only take about 10-20 seconds :)

6. When the SSD is formatted exit Disk Utility and select the option to start installation. Just follow the instructions and that's it! Don't remove the USB until ML is fully installed.

Thank you SO much! You just made it all really simple.

Now I'm really ready for Mountain Lion. Thanks!

krspkbl
Jul 21, 2012, 12:44 PM
Thank you SO much! You just made it all really simple.

Now I'm really ready for Mountain Lion. Thanks!

Not a problem! Glad I could help :)

Download this guide by clicking here (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=348361&d=1342469280). It is really helpful and it's from another member on here. The only thing that you need to different is install the SSD between steps 10 & 11. The guide covers making a bootable USB drive and formatting the SSD :)

brendu
Jul 21, 2012, 01:07 PM
I just ordered mine from Amazon and it's supposed to come by Tuesday (the day before ML is supposedly coming out so perfect, I'll install it when I get ML together). I'm excited now. Thanks!
It was pretty expensive ($203), but I rarely spend my money on personal things like this, so I decided to go for it and hopefully it'll pay off!

You made a good choice. A SSD is the single best performance enhancement you can add to a computer. I upgraded to one when Lion came out and I can never go back to a HDD in my main computer again. And just a bonus is that it never makes a sound. Now when you get everything setup with ML you will feel like you have a whole new computer, enjoy it!

markrox7
Jul 21, 2012, 01:39 PM
Not a problem! Glad I could help :)

Download this guide by clicking here (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=348361&d=1342469280). It is really helpful and it's from another member on here. The only thing that you need to different is install the SSD between steps 10 & 11. The guide covers making a bootable USB drive and formatting the SSD :)

Yea, I saw that. It looks really helpful, and I know I just have to format my SSD instead of erasing my HDD. Thanks!

You made a good choice. A SSD is the single best performance enhancement you can add to a computer. I upgraded to one when Lion came out and I can never go back to a HDD in my main computer again. And just a bonus is that it never makes a sound. Now when you get everything setup with ML you will feel like you have a whole new computer, enjoy it!

I'm so excited. My computer's not slow, but it has been lagging, and some things take a while to open, close, etc. and I'm hoping this ssd will help improve on that!

brendu
Jul 21, 2012, 02:05 PM
Yea, I saw that. It looks really helpful, and I know I just have to format my SSD instead of erasing my HDD. Thanks!



I'm so excited. My computer's not slow, but it has been lagging, and some things take a while to open, close, etc. and I'm hoping this ssd will help improve on that!

That is how my macbook was, the SSD should fix exactly that for you.

markrox7
Jul 21, 2012, 11:06 PM
Just a quick question: How large of a file will Mountain Lion be? I have an 8 gb USB for the dmg so I'm not worried about not having enough room so I can perform a clean install, I'm just wondering. Thanks!

RMXO
Jul 22, 2012, 01:06 AM
Just a quick question: How large of a file will Mountain Lion be? I have an 8 gb USB for the dmg so I'm not worried about not having enough room so I can perform a clean install, I'm just wondering. Thanks!

Yes, 8GB is perfect. if you end up getting errors when making the restore USB key. Just mount the DMG & move it into the source box.

krspkbl
Jul 22, 2012, 03:31 AM
Just a quick question: How large of a file will Mountain Lion be? I have an 8 gb USB for the dmg so I'm not worried about not having enough room so I can perform a clean install, I'm just wondering. Thanks!

8GB is enough :) I think ML is ~4/4.5GB.

wooten409
Jul 27, 2012, 07:49 AM
Im essentially doing the same thing as markrox7; just bought a macbook, wanting to remove existing HDD & replace it w/ a Intel SSD I just bought, then replace the optical drive with the HDD that came with the Mac...

I have an external enclosure, so formatting isn't a problem, but my question is, would it be better to install Mountain Lion on my existing HDD, clone that drive to my SSD (keeping all existing files and programs), and then install the SSD?
Or
Should I do like you guys are saying and do a clean install on the SSD instead of upgrading on my existing HDD first...

Thanks in advance.

tinkori
Jul 27, 2012, 08:54 PM
So, in preparation for Mountain Lion, I'm going to replace my hdd with a Crucial m4 256 gb SSD and leave the RAM at 4 gb (for now).
People who have replaced their hdds with a ssd, will I see an improvement?

You should 1st do the RAM upgrade and then the SSD. *gb will also avoid swapping to disk and will protect the SSD from excessive writes. I would personally do 128GB SSD + 8GB instead of 256GB SSD.

I had the same MBP and I had 8GB RAM and 120GB SSD and it took the same time to boot and load programs as my current 15" quad core MBP 15 with 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM!