I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch early 2011 model. It has a 500G factory OEM hdd in it. Recently I started having some problems. Scannerz seems to be pretty highly recommended so I got a copy and I ran a test on it and the drive has about two large sections of bad data with each one being over 1G in length.
I'm not interested in any repair attempts to the drive because drives are so cheap and now even smaller SSDs are cheap as well. This things been in continuous use for over 2 years, and as a field computer, it hasn't really been gently treated. My computer has a SuperDrive in it that's been getting continually worse.
Im thinking about going the Fusion drive route. I can get a good fast 500G hard drive for just over 50 dollars and I can get a 128GB SanDisk SSD for about 65 dollars. This will give me tons of storage for just over 115 dollars.
Another option would be to get an SSHD but it sounds like the flash memory in them is much smaller than it would be for what I listed above and my local shops don't seem to stock them.
Here are my questions:
1. I'll have 2 ports from the original hard disk and the original optical drive. Which port gets the SSD and which one gets the HD connection?
2. Do I need some type of adapter to put the new hard drive of the SSD into the optical port. I think i read somewhere that someone was using some of that double sided foam tape to secure them, but it sounded sort of kludgy to me.
3. How much of a speed increase can I expect. I'm using Mavericks.
4. I know there was some type of problem with fans coming on with some iMacs when a new drive was installed because Apple did something proprietary to it. Will I run into the same problem here or is all the hardware standard?
Any tips or opinions will be greatly appreciated.