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MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade


I’ve been suffering with abysmal disk performance on my work laptop for some time, so I decided to pick up an OCZ Vertex2 SSD on sale over Black Friday and 8gigs of RAM. Total cost for both was under $300 (though the same from Apple would have been about $1200).

I wanted to get OSX re-installed, data migrated, and my development environment setup on my own time without wasting productive work time, so I did the following:

  • Installed SSD in USB enclosure
  • Installed OSX on SSD Drive as secondary
  • Migrated Data/Apps from old internal drive
  • Boot off of USB/SSD and finish config
  • Install SSD as primary drive

Everything went smoothly. Here’s the disk portion of a system XBench benchmark before/after:
XBench Disk Performance

Overall, about an 8x performance increase split between 4x for Sequential Read/Write and 28x for Random Access. The system boots up in about 15 seconds now. Applications load very quickly, Chrome with 10-12 saved tabs opens in about 1 second.

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  1. 12/06/2010 at 10:28 am

    but how fast do the tests run now? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • 12/07/2010 at 9:41 pm

      Sadly, the SSD did very little for test performance.

      Thankfully, all that benchmarking helped lead the way to using REE to cut the time in half.

    • 01/12/2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for contributing. It’s helped me undsreatnd the issues.

  2. 12/09/2010 at 10:40 am

    Any difference in battery life?

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