Adding a SSD Hard Drive for MacBook is pretty easy and absolutely makes it fly. The MacBook Pro series of laptops really only have one weak area, the hard drive. I don’t know why Apple puts a slow 5400 rpm drive in most of these models but it really drags down the performance.
If you want to really increase the performance of your MacBook, replace that slow outdated 5400 rpm hard drive with a new SSD hard drive. I guarantee that you will think you have a brand new laptop with blazing speed. The best SSD Hard Drive for MacBook Pro laptops is the OCZ’s Vertex 3 at 240 GB with 6 Gb/s performance. The current price is running about $200 but considering the improvements, this is a great bang for the buck. This SSD hard drive is very fast since you don’t have any moving parts and the transfer rate is many times the normal SATA hard drive. You can read more about the specifications and what makes this brand and model best SSD hard drive for the MacBook here: Fastest SSD.
OK, picking out the best SSD hard drive for the SSD Hard Drive For MacBook Pro was the easy part. Now comes the swap out of the old drive and the new faster SSD hard drive. This is not very hard but you do need to follow the instructions in your particular MacBook model. Each one can be slightly different. The best way to find the exact manual for your model is to do a search with both name and model number. The user manual has a good set of instructions with clear diagrams. You’ll need a size 0 Phillips screw driver and a size 6 Torq screw driver (the is the weird one with star shaped head).
Now before we tear into the laptop we need to back up any important data. Now you can do this manually or by an Apple Utility called Migration Assistant, which is probably the best way since it does a great job and gets all user accounts, applications, network and computer settings, and files, from one hard drive to another using a FireWire cable from the old drive to the new one. All you need to do is get a cable that connects to the old sata hard drive on one end, then a USB connector on the other. You can use your OS DVD to do a clean install, then use the Migration Assistant to bring everything over from the old hard drive.
So you now have a back up or are going to use the actual old hard drive to transfer all the important files and settings. Let’s get to the physical part of removing the old sata hard drive and installing the new SSD hard drive. There are 10 screws on the cover, and a couple more on the bracket. The diagram in the user manual is very clear on where each screw is and be careful not to lose one. There’s also a pull tab to make it easy to remove the drive and a sata connection to also remove. If you can use a screw driver, you can probably do this. Just pay attention and go slow.
Once you have the old drive out, it’s just a matter of reversing the operation to button the laptop back up with the new SSD connected. So you then dig up your OS DVD and do a clean install. Once you have the MacBook up and running, crank up the Migration Assistant and transfer the data. A couple of things to pay attention to is how much data you have and how much free space on the new SSD is available. Since there is a good chance that the old sata hard drive was much larger than the new 250 Gig SSD we recommend you do need to be careful.
Before you start the replacement process it might be a very good idea to go in to the old hard drive and do a serious clean up. Get rid of duplicates, dead files (no longer in use), or all the junk files you’ve collected that really aren’t useful anymore. If you have too much music or too many videos this is a good time to move them to a USB drive for permanent use. This will be a good thing anyway and you’ll be amazed at all the junk you can get rid of for good.
There is also another option if you are not good with screw drivers. Most computer shops will do this whole swap out for around $100-$150. Look for a local Apple store and call to get an estimate, if they don’t do it they probably have someone they recommend. If you do decide to hand this off to a thrd party to get the work done, I highly recommend you do a backup yourself of any important data and write down any passwords or special settings. Better safe than sorry.
Either way, doing it all yourself or getting it done by a third party, you will be impressed with the increase in performance. Using a SSD hard drive for MacBook is probably the best upgrade you can do other than ram. I’m sure you will be one happy camper with the blazing fast results (up to 5X improvement).