Transcend JetDrive 500 installation in mid 2011 13-in MacBook Air

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  1. iLondoner, Jun 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2014

    iLondoner macrumors 6502

    iLondoner

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    I have a maxed out 13-in mid-2011 MBA that I bought with a 256GB SSD, at the time the largest capacity available. I keep a lot of my archive files on an iMac with a 3TB Fusion disk, but even so I was beginning to run out of capacity on the MBA and only had 11GB free.

    Part of the year I spend in my cave in Spain and although I have Internet, it's not fast, so cloud offerings are not really a viable solution. So I bit the bullet and went for the JetDrive 500 with the 480GB SSD.

    First thing was backup. I have a Time Capsule (named Tardis for Dr Who fans) on the network and the latest Time Machine backup was an hour or so ago, so to backup changes since took just a couple of minutes.

    The Jetdrive packaging is very Apple-esque as are the written installation instructions which are appalling in their brevity. What's needed is a written link to the installation video on YouTube (this is the latest one dated 29 May 2014).

    A second complaint is that there's no mention in the installation instructions about JetDrive Toolbox that I understand is needed for TRIM support—whatever that is!

    What nobody has commented on is the length of time needed to format the new SSD and then copy over the files. In the video it's about half a second, but to copy over my 829,000 files and then verify took just over four and a half hours. Obviously if you were starting off with a 64GB SSD your times would differ.

    Opening the MBA case to install the new SSD revealed a pile of dirt and dust, so some cleaning was needed.

    My Parallels Desktop VM was copied over together with Windows XP, however if I still had my Bootcamp partition with Windows 7 this wouldn't have copied using the procedure in the video. I had to give Microsoft Office my product key again, and had to sign into Dropbox again, otherwise everything seemed to work exactly as before.

    I was surprised at the wide variation in reported speeds from the old SSD in Blackmagic Speed Test, maybe it was hampered by only having 11GB free space? Performance of the JetDrive is sizzling—write speeds have increased from 140-248 MB/s to around 430 MB/s, read speeds have increased from 140-210 MB/s to around 480 MB/s.

    Since performing the upgrade I now have close on 240GB free space. I haven't as yet set up the old 256GB SSD as an external drive; I don't want to reformat it for a few days just to make sure everything is OK.

    But so far, so good. Well pleased.

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  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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    TRIM is explained here:

    http://www.cindori.org/software/trimenabler/

    My review for the Transend JetDrive is here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1729071

     
  3. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    Have you noticed any measurable difference in boot time, loading apps etc?
    Be honest. :D
     
  4. iLondoner thread starter macrumors 6502

    iLondoner

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    Well I reboot once in blue moon, so no to that. Performance is definitely snappier but I was fairly happy with the speed of the machine anyway.
     
  5. FuNGi, Jun 7, 2014
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    FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    I just did the same. Went from a 128 GB late 2010 13" MBA to the Transcend 500 in the 480 GB size. I needed space. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone around 400 GB of my 512GB retina macbook pro, took like 1 hour to clone over the USB 3 drive provided by Transcend.

    Opened the MBA, disconnected the battery, cleaned the dust from the fan (and some dried beer on the logic board) while I was in there, swapped drives, rebooted holding "alt" to select the SSD. Booted no problem and everything of course looked just like my rMBP. Of course there is some time necessary for finder to orient itself. Then I made sure to switch the boot drive in preferences to the new drive so holding "alt" wouldn't be necessary next time.

    Lastly, loaded the Transcend Trim thingy and enabled TRIM. Rebooted. Let it chill out and as the others said had to reenter my Microsoft office code and relog into Dropbox. Nothing else.

    Of course as the original modern MBA's only had a 3 Gigabit Link speed I only get around 110 Write and 135 Read speeds (up from 82/83 on original). Guess what though. Plenty fast. This machine is my backup and traveling machine for use on planes, at conferences, and in coffee shops when I don't want to bring my $2600 rMBP with me. Pretty happy with the ease of the process.
     

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  6. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    well for those who need space, you may also consider JetDrive Lite, which is essentially super fast memory card which will not stick out from chassis (specific designs for specific MacBook models), therefore can be left permamently there. Only up to 120GB, but way cheaper and hassle free ;)
     
  7. jmazzamj macrumors regular

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    The numbers you were seeing with your original SSD are quite wrong.
    I recently handed down my 2011 to my sis, who had a 2010 since release and I'm quite positive it was never below 170/130ish with a Toshiba 128 GB...
     
  8. FuNGi, Jun 11, 2014
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    FuNGi macrumors 65816

    FuNGi

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    Yeah, possible. It may have been Finder indexing or something when I recorded the scores.

    Update: Regularly getting 200/270 speeds on the Transcend 500 SSD. Seems snappy.
     

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