Thinking of getting an SSD for Mountain Lion...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by InfiniteLoopy, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. InfiniteLoopy macrumors 6502

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    I held off getting an SSD when Lion was released last year but am now seriously thinking about it with Mountain Lion.

    My Mac's become a little slow to boot up, and I'm getting a few more beachballs here and there as well as fans going at max when I start working in Aperture.

    I'm thinking of placing 10.8 and my apps on the SSD. Would working in Aperture be notably faster (no beachballs/fans kicking in) or would I also need the photos on the SSD?

    What's the TRIM situation (I'm thinking of getting an Intel 330, unless there's a better one out there...)? Can I just install the SSD and forget about it?

    There were also concerns last year about SSDs not secure-erasing. Is that still the case?

    Thanks in advance for any advice,
     
  2. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

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    Firstly make sure your mac is compatible with ML http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/. An sad would speed up performance i would look at an intel 530 a sammy 830 or a crucial m4. I don't know about the non secure overwrites so I would google that. Hope that helps.
     
  3. InfiniteLoopy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.
    Yes, my 2008 unibody MacBook is compatible.

    Is Intel the best to get?
     
  4. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

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    Great. It depends on who you speak to and what site you go on. Speaking from a U.K perspective on amazon here the intel ones do tend to be more than the other SSD's but then they do come with a 5 year warranty and are slightly quicker 520 mainly but I'm not sure you would notice it because that Mac only has a 3gbps sata interface instead on the newer gbps sata interface, I would google around (I would google the ones I mentioned in my last post) and find one which meets your budget and performance needs, there are many reviews for each of those drives on the web. Hope this helps :)
     
  5. captndave macrumors newbie

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    330 and trim

    i have a 330 coming tomorrow, will post experience here, was searching for a discussion of the intel 330 and trim
     
  6. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Have you upgraded your RAM to 4GB or 8GB yet?
     
  7. captndave macrumors newbie

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    I hav 8 was thinking of 16 but decided for my uses I wouldn't notice. expensive too
     

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