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SSD Upgrade Worth It?

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by MarkeR, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. MarkeR

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    Bought a 2013 macbook pro for £250 from gumtree yesterday. Mainly to be used to surfing and email while having morning coffe. It still has a 500gig mechanical drive in it, wold it be worthwhile to upgrade to an SSD? Size isnt really important as I wont be storing anything worthwhile!

    Cheers
     
  2. Thekwango

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    The answer to the question is an ssd a worthwhile upgrade is always going to be yes :D
     
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  3. DoneADougalOnSofa

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    As above: Yes. A big fat knobbly Yes.
     
  4. MarkeR

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    Cheers guys.

    250 gig drive big enough, or even a 128gig? As I said Firefox is th eonly thing i'm installing on the mac.

    Oh, the screen is bloody lovely. :)
     
  5. bremen1874

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    How much space are you using on the mechanical drive? Use that for guidance.
     
  6. Feek

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    The answer is obviously "yes". As for size, I have a 250Gb SSD in my MacBook and it's perfectly big enough for me. They're cheap enough, go 250 :)
     
  7. mrbell1984

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    Absolute bargain! SSDs will always be worth the upgrade.
     
  8. Conanius

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    I just sold a 240 GB SSD for £20 on Facebook locally.

    I can't imagine you can improve a machine like that in such a significant way with any other upgrade, regardless of price. No matter how much RAM or whatever CPU you put in, the HDD being replaced will be huge.
     
  9. Steveocee

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    An SSD made a 2009 Mini go from being bin fodder to very usable desktop. Definitely worth the upgrade.
     
  10. MarkeR

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    Replaced the hard drive with a Samsung 850 SSD, boot time went from around 4 mins to 30 secs or so. Huge difference.

    Did notice that the battery was slightly bulging, anyone got a recommendation for a new battery out side of Apple?
    Thanks
     
  11. b0rn2sk8

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    iFixit?

    PS stop using that battery immediately and don’t leave it in your house.
     
  12. ScoTTyBEEE

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    You can buy one brand new for £22-23
     
  13. silverblack

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    I got mine from Duracell for my Macbook Air worked perfectly still get great battery life after a year or so.

    https://www.duracelldirect.co.uk/laptop-notebook/apple-battery-adapter-charger.html
     
  14. Terminal_Boy

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    Going from HDD to SSD is the single largest performance boost you can give an old Mac.

    Check to see if the RAM is maxed out as that’s big boost too.
     
  15. Siver74

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    It's a yes for me too. The speed won't make you look back.
     
  16. Nevakonaza

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    Night and day difference,Nobody should be stuck using a standard mechanical hard drive as a boot disk in 2019/2020,especially considering how cheap you can pick them up now,maybe look on the used market. :)
     
  17. MarkeR

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    Got a new battery, maybe its just me bit the Mac does seem a bit nipier now with the new battery in!

    All in all, for the price I got it for and the price of a new abttery it still is a bargain!
    Just need to used to all the quirks of MAC OS instead of windows.

    Cheers guys
     
  18. FrozenShivers

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    I upgraded my 2011 13" MBP with more RAM and an SSD years ago when I bought it, huge difference, and so cheap nowadays that you won't get a better price/performance upgrade with anything else.