Clone to SSD or ReInstall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ThirteenXIII, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    Currently I'm using a 13" MBP 2009 with a WD 640 blue that provides ample amount of space for my itunes library and documents.
    It gets pretty good speeds, about 35-40 seconds for it go from cold boot to desktop.

    But i wanted to dabble in the SSD area for awhile and to see how much improvement I can get out of it.

    I'll probably move my iTunes & iPhoto library to a 2TB external or a 640 FireWire powered drive (for on the go usage).
    (basically a similar set up to when i decide to get an iMac with SSD & HD rig).

    Essentially, will it be best to just a new installation of Snow Leopard on my MBP as opposed to cloning over the data from the 640?
    Will there be any significant improvement one way or another.
    (all documents and files aside from apps & system files will be intact, as i will remove all the huge documents; itunes, iphoto, downloads, etc)

    thank you
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    I started again when I installed an SSD. I thought I would see the largest speed increase. I did - I don't think Im ever going to go back to a machine without one.

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