Mid 2011 MBP 15" High end SSD upgrade

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

  1. crunky macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    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

    Feb 15, 2011
    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:

    Again, it won't matter that much in terms of battery life, SSDs are mainly about the speed boosts.
  3. crunky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012

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