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Starting to become great value... A revue for Mac users
on 28 August 2012
There are loads of tech reviews on this drive, mine is quick and simple.
My late 2008 Core2 Duo 15 inch MacBook Pro was becoming a little tired so I thought I'd freshen it up with an SSD now they are getting a bit better value. I don't need more than than the 256GB already in my machine, so that's what I purchased.
The result - blistering performance! Booting is now 50% quicker and apps like Firefox now appear before even one bounce of the icon on the task bar. Brilliant! Normally slower-to-launch apps are faster too - Photoshop is at 3x faster or more. Faster than my i7 iMac which is 3 years newer and has twice the RAM in fact.
If you are interested in the tech stuff with regard to the swap - I used SuperDuper (free to use for this job) to clone my old hard drive to an external USB drive, popped the drive bay, unscrewed the retaining screw and swapped the retaining pins from the old drive to the new one with a small Torx bit. I used SuperDuper to clone it back the other way and set it to be my boot drive. I also installed the TRIM enabler so that writes are managed properly to an SSD - important for the long term life of the drive. Easy!
If you've an older MacBook* that's getting tired this is a great way to get it feeling spritely again. Totally recommended.
*Just check compatibility on the Crucial website first - if your MacBook is older than mine it's certainly worth making sure; newer ones fitted with a traditional hard drive should be fine.