Just installed Samsung 830 in MBP 13"...some questions

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  1. jdong217 macrumors newbie

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    It went off without a hitch, unless you count not realizing I'd need such specific screwdrivers. I'm not sure why I didn't think of it but my school's maintenance department had them so I'm all good now.

    It's the 512 GB model in a brand new 2012 MBP 13" (2.9 GHz processor and 8GB RAM). I'm getting write speeds of around 390-400 MB/s and read speeds of around 480 MB/s. Booting up takes around 25-30 seconds, which still seems rather long? Is this normal? Once I get to the login screen though my desktop boots almost instantly, which is amazing.

    Re-downloaded some apps I'll need for school (MATLAB, Mathematica, etc.) and they unpackaged really quickly once the download was done. They open almost instantly too.

    I'm not very tech-savvy outside of the programming I do for my classes, so does everything seem like it's going okay? I'm just googling around and was wondering if partitioning a new hard drive/ssd is necessary? The tutorial I followed never even mentioned it and I'm not sure I really have a solid grasp on the concept either.

    Any settings I can change to make this thing even faster? Enjoying it immensely though :)
     
  2. jdong217 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oops, I'm going to just double post to say that I went to system pref --> startup disk, then chose the SSD and now my boot time is literally about 10 seconds.
     
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Everything sounds fine. Is the firmware on the SSD the latest?

    Did you install os x doing a clean install? When installing, did your format and partition the SSD via disk utility first?
     
  4. jdong217 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The MBP is new so what I did was just boot it up until all my settings were set. Then I attached the SSD via the USB cord it came with. I erased the contents then copied my "Macintosh HD" over to the SSD. Then shut down and swapped out the hard drives. I didn't partition though :/
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Everything should be ok. I would recommend a clean os x install if things become funky.
     
  6. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    I'm getting similar speeds from the same ssd and early 2011 8Gb ram 15". It is a completely different experience i had with a 1TB 5400 drive and lion.
     
  7. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    More amazing isn't it? Lol
     
  8. jdong217 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would thinks become "funky" eventually with the way I installed it? Because I'd just do the clean os x install now since I barely have anything on here to begin with
     
  9. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Only if you want. Those read/write speeds are fine
     
  10. jdong217 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, I'm reading this tutorial on clean installing Mountain Lion and to make a bootable install drive I need a thumb drive. Would it be possible to use the 1 TB 5400 rpm drive that came with the MBP originally as a thumb drive? I have the USB cable that connects it to the computer.
     
  11. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Yes you can. I've done that too because I didn't have a big enough thumb drive. Just follow the same steps.
     
  12. entrywounds macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased the very same macbook pro you have described. Before I ever hit the power button I installed a 256GB Samsung 830 and installed the 750GB HDD in the optical bay. From my wife's iMac I made a bootable thumb drive with Mountain Lion on it and installed it from scratch. This is my first MAC(my wife has had several) but so far this computer is excellent. Also I installed 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 1600MgHZ RAM. 0 sec boot time and I have never had any of the icons bounce when launched. Very impressed with iOS and Macbook.
     
  13. jdong217 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so I've downloaded Trim Enabler and it's running fine. Should I keep the SSD trimmed or does it not really matter?
     
  14. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    Right it doesn't matter either way cause you aren't deleting anything,
     
  15. RipeRetina macrumors regular

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    I formatted my drive. When installing os x, do you consider restoring from time machine backup a clean install? Or should i start fresh & just restore my folders later? or does that matter?
     
  16. filmak macrumors 6502a

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    No, restoring from time machine is not a clean install. You have to install os x from scratch, os updates, your applications and then restore your folders.
     
  17. Atisha macrumors member

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    Admittedly not on topic here, but isn't else uncomfortable with the fact the Samsung is down $1 billion from Apple, and we're using their monitors, SSDs, and other parts in rMBP?
     

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