Mid 2011 MBP 15" High end SSD upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crunky, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. crunky macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,
    I hope this is the right place to post my question. If not I apologise.

    I bought this MBP last year and I was very happy with it and I still am. I can get about 4-5hours out of my battery when I'm programming/compiling or doing other intensive forms of uni work. I have a spare SSD that I'm not using at the moment from a desktop.

    I have looked online as to how to replace the optical drive with a SSD. I am aiming for longer battery life and sure the boost in performance would be cool too. Would this improve my battery life if I disabled the mechanical hard drive and only used the SSD, or swapped between them? It's a 128GB 2011 model corsair. If it does by how much roughly would one suspect?

    Couldn't really find an answer online.

    Much appreciated!
     
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    SSD will save you a couple of watts in power consumption. It wasn't a huge change for me personally, but i does help a little.
    I found a graph on AnandTech that shows you some SSD power consumption compared to a typical HDD:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4316/ocz-vertex-3-240gb-review/9

    Again, it won't matter that much in terms of battery life, SSDs are mainly about the speed boosts.
     
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