My 2012 MacBook Pro is slow at startup, and to launch apps at startup, but once they are launched and its warmed up things are fast. Why is this? Is this because I have a conventional HDD? Some have told me to upgrade, but this will cost allot of money to get a 500GB SSD drive and to have it installed as I am not the most mechanically inclined person, so I will live with my conventional HDD for now until prices drastically drop. Besides what I do the conventional drive works just fine. I watch movies, I write letters, I surf the web, I track a budget, I text message, and I do basic tasks. I do no video editing, photo editing (except what can be done in photos), and so on. I live with Quicken, MS office, etc..