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What to Know When Installing a Solid State Drive in a MacBook Pro

Posted by Mac Upgrade Store on May 09, 2013

There are many reasons why you would want to boost the performance of a MacBook Pro. Graphic design with filters, audio recording, and video manipulation are just a few intensive applications that can benefit from more computing power. Also, even if a MacBook is used primarily for web browsing, the number of advertisements and embedded media in modern web pages is starting to call for better hardware. 

For the Mac user, there are two upgrade options: installing more RAM or switching to a solid state drive (SSD). Let us take a look at what we need to know about SSD installation for Mac.

An SSD gives massive performance gains over a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) because rather than using rotating disks for storage, an SSD has no mechanical parts. Read and write speeds are therefore much faster. It is especially useful if the SSD hosts the operating system and all of the most commonly used software of the laptop since these are the most commonly accessed. However, there are some considerations to make before deciding to install a SSD on a MacBook Pro:

  • You will need to be prepared to transfer over the contents of your HDD. Fortunately, you can do this with an mSata enclosure. It will allow you to plug the new drive into your MacBook and copy over all data. Before doing this, it does not hurt to backup the contents of the HDD on some other form of storage. 
  • You will have to be comfortable with opening the case of the MacBook and swapping parts. Though it is more straightforward than it may sound, making a mistake with exposed MacBook components can void the warranty or cause expensive damage to the device.
  • SSD costs have fallen dramatically over the years and are now affordable enough that they are a popular option for laptop upgrades. However, they still do not offer as much storage per dollar as an HDD. You will have to make the tradeoff of less storage for faster performance for the same price. 

If you wish to make this upgrade a trusted provider of Mac upgrade parts can help you search for hardware and check compatibility before you go forward.