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Breathe New Life Into Your Mac! Install an SSD!

By October 11, 2016Technical Tips

Breathe New Life Into Your Mac! Install an SSD!

 

Do you own a beloved MacBook or MacBook Pro that you bought between 2008 and 2012?

It’s served you well over the years, and is practically a member of your household, but now it’s starting to slow down, show its age, and fail to get things done as speedily as it once did?

Don’t despair. Unlike an aging pet, there’s actually something you can do for your Apple laptop (provided you got it between 2008 and 2012) that will give it back a lot of the speed it’s lost over the years, and offer you both a new lease on life.

Give Macinhome a shout and ask us to replace your hard drive with a solid state (aka Flash) drive!

Solid state drives (or SSD’s for short) don’t have any moving parts, and are therefore longer lasting and quicker than their rotary predecessors.

Here’s a video of the same type of MacBook Pro from a few years ago being started up and launching an application – one running with an SSD inside and the other with a standard HDD. The difference is pretty obvious:

Depending on their size, SSD’s cost between 150 and 250 dollars, so even with the added cost of the install, it’s way cheaper than buying a new computer, and can extend the life of your beloved workhorse for years. For your convenience, we’ll end this article with an exhaustive list of every Apple laptop that can support this maneuver.

Take the plunge. Your trusty Mac will thank you!

MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)

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One Comment

  • Maria Drummond says:

    Hey there!
    Thank you for your valuable tips!
    I have a late 2011, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and have just finished the change to a SSD drive, and the difference in performance is truly remarkable.
    However, I am having a hard time upgrading the OS, since it was reset to Lion 10.7. When I try to download, the AppStore tells me there is an Unknown Error. I am aware I am not eligible for Mojave, and have tried several different OSs: El Capitain, Sierra, High Sierra… None work!
    Whatc ould be causing this?
    Thank you very much!

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