Two Hard Drives Are Better Than One
30 Minuten - 1 Stunde
Just because your computer has a large hard drive with 7200 RPMs doesn't mean it's automatically going to sweep through everything in a flash. If you only have one hard drive installed on your machine, that means that one hard drive is doing all the work--it's performing the software functions as well as accessing files that you're working on. Depending on what kind of work you're doing and how many apps you're running simultaneously, this can be a lot of work for one set of hands to work on! By adding another hard drive to your machine and configuring it appropriately, you can add another set of hands to help share the workload.
I recently switched out my MacBook Pro's stock HDD for a 750GB 7200RPM drive and maxed my RAM to 8GB. Everything performed beautifully. But I still knew that my machine wasn't performing up to it's full potential. After doing some research, I decided that pairing an SSD with my existing HDD would unlock its full potential. The catch was that I would have to sacrifice my optical drive to make room. No problem. I never use it anyway!
This repair is a bit more ambitious than just switching out a hard drive or swapping out RAM. Nevertheless, the guide made it simple to perform. Unfortunately, I got so caught up in getting the task done that I forgot to take pics! Anyway, after all was said and done, the machine performed just as I expected it to--record boot times and unparalleled performance in comparison to it's previous setup! Now I'd say that my MacBook Pro is flying the way it should be.
If you want to unleash your Mac's true potential, a dual hard-drive setup is the way to go. I decided to pair a 60GB SSD (for speed) with a 750GB/7200RPM HDD (for storage). The SSD is dedicated solely to the OS and apps while the HDD is dedicated to things like my iTunes library, downloads, and photos. This allows the two drives to work simultaneously to their full potential, because one is handling the load of the software functions while the other one just accesses files. If you don't use your optical drive much, or at all, this is probably the best upgrade you can perform on a MacBook Pro.