Old MacBook Pro

gw0gvq

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I have a 2012 but running OS Mojave but its slow booting up it has 8GB RAM. Is there a way I can put it back to its original OSX or Mac it boot up faster please.?
 

revmacian

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I have a 2012 but running OS Mojave but its slow booting up it has 8GB RAM. Is there a way I can put it back to its original OSX or Mac it boot up faster please.?
I use a 2012 MacBook Pro at work and my supervisor is buying an SSD to replace the HDD - this will make the machine much faster. Have you considered swapping the HDD for an SSD? That would speed up the machine significantly.
 

gw0gvq

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Thanks , I've considered this but the reason I haven't really changed it is I use a MacBook Air mainly and didn't realise how slow the boot up on this was tbh
 

Audit13

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Adding a SSD will make the machine feel new. The boot up time is dramatically reduced and no amount of fiddling with a HDD in a 13" 2012 Pro is going to make it feel like an Air with its SSD.
 
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revmacian

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Thanks , I've considered this but the reason I haven't really changed it is I use a MacBook Air mainly and didn't realise how slow the boot up on this was tbh
The bottleneck is the old spinner (HDD) on that machine. Swap that for an SSD and you'll see a considerable speed increase. Your MBA has an SSD, that is why you're noticing such a difference.
 
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Fishrrman

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OP:

If you have a non-retina model with a changeable drive, you don't know what you're missing until you put an SSD "in there".

It's a 15-minute job and ANYONE can do it.
Even me. (look at my avatar)
EVEN YOU.

Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved.
You need a Phillips #00 driver and a TORX T-6 driver.
Most of the time involved is removing the screws from the back, and then putting them back in later on.

I would also suggest you buy one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011M8YACM/ref=nosim/macintouchcom-20?&tag=macintouchcom-20

It's cheap.
It's makes "prepping and testing" the SSD a breeze.
And you can use it for the old drive, once it's out.

I'd suggest a Sandisk Plus or Crucial SSD.
500gb is all you need (unless you want to spend more).

Get the items above, come back here, and we'll tell you what to do next.
 
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AfterglowMP

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I put in an SSD a couple of years back into my 2008 MBP and got a big bump in start up time, etc.

Now after a few years it seems to have slowed down. Here's why: I've recently dedicated this legacy machine to Final Cut Pro 7 for re-editing a few old projects done in FCP7 and have re-loaded Mountain Lion. The OS is one of a few back ups I've kept over the years of my main system and so has lots of app files and preferences.

What's a good way to clean up the system, keep only the basic apps I need like FCP studio, Photoshop, internet browser? Put another way, maybe I should do a clean re-install of OS X ML but I can't find it anywhere on its own. Then I'll re-install only the apps I need. Thanks. Any other advice is welcome!
 

MultiFinder17

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Can confirm, an SSD can make the 2012 MacBook Pro feel like an amazing machine. I recently got one for myself for my classroom, and with an SSD and 16GB of RAM, this machine tears through everything I could possibly dream of throwing at it.
 
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