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May 26, 2013

First time posting on this forum, so if I mess anything up then sorry!

So basically I have a mid 2009 MBP, I feel this computer fits my needs currently so dont want to buy a new MBP (I like the built in optical drive!)

However its growing a bit old and slow and would like to speed it up, if thats possible (but for not much money!)

I upgraded it to 8gb of RAM a while back (I think thats the max it can take) but was also looking into an SSD as I've heard that it really speeds up tasks like opening up apps and booting up the mac and overall the OS feels more snappy. However I want to keep the optical drive still. Is there anyway of having both the storage of a HDD with the performance of a SSD? Maybe a cross between the two with say 60gb of SSD and 200gb of HDD in one drive?

Also any other things I can do to the mac to speed up the whole system.

Thanks in advance,


macrumors member
Nov 8, 2015
Just get a 250G SSD I'd say. I've got the same MBP as you and I put a Samsung 850Evo in. Feels like a brand new computer. Much faster. I've also got 8G RAM.
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