My SSD upgrade experience

mortenjensen

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Mar 19, 2012
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Hi all,
Here follows my experience about a SSD-upgrade:
1: It is, more than I expected, an insane speed booster! I have a MBP late 2011, 15'', 2.0, dual graphics, which I earlier had maxed out on RAM to 16 gigs. That was good (going from 8), but the SSD upgrade has given me at least twice as much performance boost. It is so responsive now and nice to work with (on a daily basis, I have Fusion loaded with windows + some heavy mac programs like Lightroom and photoshop).

2: It was easy to replace the physical drive.

3: It was not that easy to install a fresh version of Maverics on the new drive. To a start, the MBP would not recocknize the drive. I found out that I had to:
- a: mount it in a usb-caddy.
- b: initialize it through disk manager.
- c: partitionize it with one partition (this final thing did the trick, don't know why).
Only then, Mac would allow the installation of the OS my MBP came with - after which, I could upgrade to Mav. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any way to install Mav. on a blank drive. I might be wrong there, though.

4: Finally, I found out that I had to enable TRIM-support through a third-party app. (in order to keep the SSD nice and clean from large chunks of deleted files. Something that just has to be enabled once, and then you can forget all about it).

But then I also got a read and writing speed of blazingly 500 MB/s. To those of you considering: Try downloading the magic speed app from app store and see what you get now (I was one some 30/40 MB/s).

This is an upgrade that possibly will extent the life of your MBP two to three years.

Morten
 
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GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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For years now it has been said that an SSD is definitely a worthwhile upgrade to any Mac. I put one in my 2008 MP about 4 (ish) years ago. Of course it was easier then and the OS wasn't such a PITA to deal with.

It has been a while, but as far as I understood, at least a couple of years back TRIM support was non-existent on a Mac; third party software or not. Sounds like it is not quite the case now, which is good.
 

snaky69

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Mar 14, 2008
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I believe you could've simply held cmd-r at boot and downloaded mavericks from the internet onto your blank drive. I'm pretty sure the 2011 models had that ability, I know my 2012 cMBP does.
 

Weaselboy

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I believe you could've simply held cmd-r at boot and downloaded mavericks from the internet onto your blank drive. I'm pretty sure the 2011 models had that ability, I know my 2012 cMBP does.
Internet recovery like that to a blank drive gets you the OS that same from the factory, likely Lion in OP's case.