SSD, finally.

In this post, I just want to share my personal feeling and experience in getting a SSD upgrade for my MacBook Pro (Mid-2012) last weekend.

Having been suffering from harddisk slow down for about half a year, since I upgraded my MacBook to OSX Yosemite, I tried numerous ways to improve the performance of the machine, including replacing RAM to a pair with a total of 8GB, as well as software-wise tweaks such as resetting SMC, PRAM, disabling FileVault (OMG that was a horribly night-long process), Clean My Mac, etc. Frankly speaking, none of those works as desired. It just gets slower and slower.

I know that’s a problem of software updates. Mavericks was good and old MacBooks runs fast and stable, but not the case anymore on Yosemite. That’s a typical Apple strategy, or norm, or ‘known secret’ that they intentionally slow down older devices with OS upgrades to force you to get a newer one. Simply think like this, more advanced system requires more power from the machine it is running on. Seems fair but consumers cry and complain, over time.

yosemite

Nevertheless, finally, I decided to give SSD a try, took out some money and shopped for a reliable SSD drive for upgrade.

I was thinking to get a Crucial MX100 or MX200 as a replacement beforehand. The price seems fair and the performance looks okay on paper. I am not getting a product from the top of the line but reasonable deal with an acceptable read/write speed, plus a reliable global brand.

I went to some retail shops late at night and most were closed. A few still opened and a couple of them sell SSD drives. There were Crucial SSD in the first store that I stopped by. I was trying to get the best one but the shopkeeper told me that there is no stock until last few days of March. Well, ok. Then I stood there for like 5-10 minutes reading through the product list but I was completely ignored. None of the staffs spoke to me and gave me further advice but were just fooling around. Fine, I turned away and no thanks in future. (FYI, the first shop at the right hand side of escalator in Wan Chai Computer Centre 2/F)

Then I went to a shop right around the corner with 3 staffs on duty. I stopped and one guys immediately came out and helped me out. Overall he gave me a number of options including Kingston, Samsung and Plextor, with a lot of supporting details, etc. Though I was super tired, it was still good to listen to more comprehensive advice. I know he was trying to sell me on that but that’s how it should go, right? Eventually, I picked Plextor M6S SATA 6Gb/s 2.5″ SSD (256GB) with Read/Write 520/420 MB/s, with a slightly higher-than-market price. That’s still decent and far more than enough.

plextor_m6s_ssd

I headed home and installed it right after I backed up via Time Machine to my LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB external hard drive and created a bootable installer on a USB 3.0 thumb drive (to make sure the speed is fast and stable). Power off and screw off the back panel. Carefully follow the video tutorial. Eventually I made it and booted my machine up again. The recovery (with over 150GB of data) from Time Machine took around a hour to finish. The bouts time is blazingly fast comparing to my previous, original Hitachi HDD, which is around 10-15 seconds versus 3-4 minutes. Really a huge difference.

ssd_speed_test

Launching apps has been super fast too. Photoshop and Chrome take 3-4 seconds (previously, around 40-60 seconds+). Forgive me to be late to the party but the SSD speedy performance impressed me a lot that I regret not getting one earlier (well, I can’t get a better on in 2013, or higher price in 2014, maybe). On the power side, I do noticed that it is more power efficient than the old HDD. That’s not an official test but I do noticed a difference. Additionally, despite of the speed, it does not get hot at all. Really, really impressive purchase.

So besides excitement, I hope I can still manage to reuse the old HDD for storage, for low turnaround files. And finally, I highly recommend you upgrade your slow 5400rpm HDD to SSD. Let me know what you think down below in the comment section.

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