Finally I upgraded my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with a nice Crucial m4 SSD with 512GB. I was thinking about changing my hard drive for month but now the price dropped from 600 to 400 EUR and I went for it.
It took a little while to collect relevant informations so I want to share a workflow:
- Backup your complete system with time machine!
- Swap your drives (ifixit.com) without touching your battery.
- Check if your SSD runs the newest firmware and upgrade if necessary.
- Boot from your OS X Lion recovery partition (hold ALT key on Mac startup).
- Use the disk utility to restore from time machine.
- Go outside or hang out with friends or family!
- Enable trim support in OS X Lion for your SSD.
Since a couple of days it really makes fun using my MacBook Pro again. It dropped packaging time for a 1,5 GB big IPA file with ADT from 12 to almost 6 minutes. This is a huge benefit, so if you’re still using normal HDDs for daily work I recommend switching to SSD as soon as possible!
UPDATE – added xbench results:
|System Version||10.7.4 (11E53)|
|Physical RAM||8192 MB|
|Uncached Write||405.78||249.14 MB/sec [4K blocks]|
|Uncached Write||324.52||183.61 MB/sec [256K blocks]|
|Uncached Read||128.80||37.69 MB/sec [4K blocks]|
|Uncached Read||408.86||205.49 MB/sec [256K blocks]|
|Uncached Write||1452.92||153.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]|
|Uncached Write||608.33||194.75 MB/sec [256K blocks]|
|Uncached Read||2231.07||15.81 MB/sec [4K blocks]|
|Uncached Read||1007.15||186.88 MB/sec [256K blocks]|