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As SSDs become more common, and prices drop, more and more people are either buying Macs with SSDs, or installing them in their Macs. Personally, I started using an SSD with the first MacBook Air in 2008, and bought my current Mac - a Mac mini, purchased in 2011 - with an SSD. The gains in performance are huge, though the price still makes them a choice that is not for everyone.

So, what about you? Does your main Mac - the one you use most - have an SSD? Feel free to post in the comments to the poll which model, whether you bought it with the Mac or installed it yourself, or any other comments you may have about SSDs.

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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: djr on May 15, '12 07:56:44AM

Having got a taste for it via the work Macbook Pro, I added an OWC SSD to the 2008 Mac Pro at home. It is not exaggeration to say it made it feel all new and snappy once more, and with the various resume functions being added to OS X the benefit is compounded.



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Authored by: g4zilla on May 15, '12 08:00:21AM

To answer the questions:

It's a 500GB SSD in my 17" MBP.
Bought it direct from Apple that way about 2 years ago.

I don't have the OS partitioned. An SSD works extremely well for me, love it.



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Authored by: diamondsw on May 15, '12 08:02:52AM

I got started with early SSD's on the first generation netbooks (before they moved to slow, cheap hard drives). Even that early/slow beginning showed me how wonderful it was not to have moving parts, and then later models showed what it's like when the OS isn't constantly waiting on I/O - the little Atom-based netbook was running circles around my MacBook Pro at the time.

When optimizing something, go for what has the biggest impact. For years this was memory, as it helped you keep things away from the slow, awful disk. Well, now we can fix the root problem and replace the disk entirely. Not *quite* as fast as having everything in RAM, but it's a huge step forward.



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: SeaJack16 on May 15, '12 08:08:23AM

I just got a Pro 5,1 with a 64GB SSD. In bringing my stuff from a previous Mac (circa 1999 G4 - much upgraded) I had to put a lot of my stuff on the 1 TB real hard disk. My user account is on the SSD but I had to create soft links to the data on the real disk. The downside is that some applications don't want to follow soft links and force me to jump through hoops to get things to work. As a long time UNIX guy I'm disappointed that Mac-OS would not make the references completely transparent. Has anyone else encountered this problem?



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Authored by: bedouin on May 15, '12 08:45:56AM

An SSD turned my first generation black MacBook into an entirely new machine. There's no comparison.



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: mikeycav on May 15, '12 09:29:05AM
I have a mid-2011 MacMini i7 2.7 with an OCZ Agility 3 120GB drive and 16GB RAM. I kept the original drive in place and added the SSD with the iFixIt Dual Hard Drive Kit:

http://www.ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/Mac-Mini-Dual-Hard-Drive-Kit/IF171-005

Well worth the investment to future-proof it...a little. ;)



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Speed vs size ... speed wins!
Authored by: DotDotComma on May 15, '12 10:56:01AM

Yes, I chose a 128Gb SSD for my mid-2010 17" MacBook Pro - and have never regretted it.

The speed and response boost more than outweighs the smaller capacity ...



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Authored by: canisbos on May 15, '12 10:58:32AM

Of course there will be more Yes votes than No. But that's mostly self-selection.



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: krez56 on May 15, '12 11:04:53AM

My daughter has the latest iMac, with the SSD drive. It made sense for her, as she (autistic) gets very frustrated when her computer slows down. My hope is that the SSD drive will keep it speedy for a much longer time. I'm very impressed with the way she can go from log-in to ready-to-go in under 10 seconds. My husband is now lusting over a similar configuration. Maybe when the new ones come out...



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External SSD
Authored by: Neck on May 15, '12 11:22:54AM

Sure wish there would be more external SSD drives for the various Mac computers. As far as I know there are only external SSD for the MacBook Air.



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Authored by: MorningZ on May 15, '12 11:26:47AM

I added an OWC Mercury 6 SSD drive to my Macbook Pro and the disc doubler part to put HD it came with where the superdrive was.... works out great.. but:

7 months after getting it, the SSD COMPLETELY up and died and I cannot say enough what a piss poor experience it was to deal with OWC to get a replacement....



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Authored by: JackRepenning on May 15, '12 11:34:23AM

Love my SSD. Like others, I hardly ever reboot (only when Software Update makes me), so while I do think the SSD improves boot speed, I don't much care about that.

But it also dramatically improves context switching: I generally have quite a number of big apps alive, working for a while in, say, Pages, then in Emacs, then running a local Rails app, then Parallels running Windows, all the time with Mail, Tweetings, Skype, and Colloquy live, collecting community. This adds up to way more than my 8G RAM, so switching from one main app to another often involves a lot of paging. The SSD makes these context switches agile instead of ponderous.

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Authored by: Uncle_Meat on May 15, '12 01:16:52PM

Also use 2 * Intel X25 80 GB SSDs in RAID 0 on a Mac Pro. A 100 million record Postgresql database lives on this drive. Since the database is primarily I/O bound, queries are extremely fast!



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Authored by: JonLaliberte on May 15, '12 02:32:10PM

Just installed one in my 2010 iMac a few days ago. It makes a huge difference, far beyond boot time (which like many is rare). Application launching and general performance are greatly improved. And the restore after boot is incredibly fast. I went with a 240gb drive from OWC.



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Authored by: arnsaks on May 15, '12 03:40:56PM

I'm waiting for SSD to have at least 1tb (at a reasonable price) before I switch in my MB Pro.



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: ShinySteelRobot on May 15, '12 03:56:50PM

Many users will benefit from an SSD. To determine if you would benefit from an SSD, answer this simple question...

Do you mostly use your Mac for reading email, surfing the web, and writing Word/Pages documents?

If you answered YES, you probably DON'T need an SSD. Anyone else may benefit.

For example, as a developer, I find that using an SSD reduces my compile times (a very disk-intensive task) by quite a bit. Since I do that at lot every day, it means an SSD is a big productivity boost for me.

By contrast, my mom, who spends her computer time writing emails, chatting with relatives with iChat, and surfing the web, probably would not notice a difference at all with an SSD.



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: rloomans on May 15, '12 04:13:11PM

Suggestion for your next poll: will your next Mac have an SSD?



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New poll: Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: ardent73 on May 15, '12 04:55:27PM

HDD have been pushed too far, sacrificing reliability for capacity. HDD are acceptable in RAID only, single drive desktop/laptops should always be SDD for my money.



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Authored by: john love on May 16, '12 03:48:23AM

I am very close to buying a new iMac and I have to make a decision on whether to add an SSD.

I have read that a SSD is prone to wear due to the constant re-writing (literally via melting) and for that reason I have opted against adding a SSD.

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Authored by: phoenixbwp on May 16, '12 08:22:18PM

13" MBP 02/2011, moved 500GB hard drive to optical bay and added 120GB SSD from OWC... Often used apps, like Photoshop, FCP X, etc. took their sweet time to open before, now it takes a few seconds. Work gets done quicker in Photoshop. Boot times scare me, Blink and you're at the log in screen. 8GB of RAM and the SSD sped up this system and I'm thinking of doing the same to my 21.5" iMac...



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Authored by: timbck2 on May 18, '12 06:44:39AM

I have a 120GB SSD as the boot drive (also containing /Applications, /Library, etc.) and a 500GB SSD/HDD hybrid mounted as /Volumes/Users (so that's where my home folder resides). This setup works out quite well, except for the occasional time when /Volumes/Users is inexplicably mounted read-only after rebooting.



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Got my iMac with a 256GB SSD and 1TB HD
Authored by: DamnItsHot on May 18, '12 09:28:30AM

The speed increase booting from the SSD as opposed to the HD is very noticeable. Took a bit more work than I would have liked to set it up so that all docs, music, photos, etc are on the HD and the System and Apps are on the SSD but once I got it setup that way I love it. Would be nice if Apple provided a migration option that at least put your Documents, iTunes Lib, iPhoto Lib etc on the HD and the Apps and System on the SSD as I did (or let you choose these places by default if you are not migrating). Would be hard to go back to no SSD now.



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Authored by: PharmaMD on May 19, '12 08:41:35AM

I installed an OWC 256BGB drive in my MacBook Pro when its Applecare warranty expired about two years ago, and have been a convert ever since. I use my laptop on average 8 - 10 hours per day, and the amount of time the SSD saves is worth every penny.

All Macs in the house now have them, and I intend to order a new MacBook Pro with a 512GB drive when the new models are released.



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Authored by: remnett on May 22, '12 04:35:37AM

My Core Duo 2007 has been upgraded to an SSD and my new Mac Mini 2011 has an SSD. Love them, they are incredible and looking forward to the future for SSD's as the prices continue to become more affordable.



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Authored by: murgatroyd on May 22, '12 06:13:35AM

With a White 2011 MacBook RAM'ed up to 8GB's I knew working with the graphics application Strata Design 3D would be slow at render times though I would be able to accomplish the tasks I wanted to do. The MacBook is accomplishing what I want to do. After reading these testimonials, I went and purchased a 6G 240 GB SSD from OWC. T'anks for the spin, fellas.

What I really require is hyper threading from an Intel i5 or i7 to speed things along. :) So it goes, for the time being.

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Authored by: Longrower on May 22, '12 07:36:39AM

I installed a 250MB SSD into my 24" iMac, replacing my 320GB, but still leaving plenty of room for Lion, VM Ware, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Ubuntu 12.04, plus apps of course. My music, photos, and videos are on an external 1GB HDD on a separate partition from my TimeMachine backups.

Wow.

Processes like OS X Sleep/Restore, reboot, VM Suspends, app installs, and app starts all happen FAST. Probably 3x - 4x faster than before in general, but I only have 4GB ram installed so I'm sure my system pages in/out more frequently than other, newer systems. And it's the swapping that was killing me (the poor HDD was just chattering all the time, especially with VM suspends & resumes).



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Authored by: Arcstorm on May 22, '12 09:32:06AM

I have 2 512GB SSDs in a Raid 0 Setup which gives me 1tb of storage in my (early 2011) MacbookPro and I love it. This setup is fast and provides me with plenty of storage for using my main applications (Photoshop cs6, Lightroom 4, Elements 10). The drives are made by Crucial and work perfectly. I would highly recommend this setup to anyone looking for speed and space since it not only gives me 1tb of storage but keeps the macbook light, relatively cool and if it were to be dropped or mishandled I would not lose my data.



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Use SSD + HDD for best value
Authored by: jgl24 on May 27, '12 08:40:17AM

Swapped my optical drive in my MBP for a SSD and life is so much better. I can't stand using my wife's iMac anymore even though it's newer.

The key to doing it cost effectively is to use a SSD + HDD. I put my Photos, Music, Documents, and Movies on the HDD then make a symbolic link to them back in my home directory on the SSD so usage is the same. Then the files that get read all the time (Library, OS, Applications, system files) get a huge speed boost.

You can also even move some of iPhoto's heavily used files (like caches and databases) to the SSD and use symbolic links so iPhoto doesn't even know the difference. I could post a guide if anybody wants...

I suppose hybrid drives are basically the same idea but are supposed to figure all this out automatically for you. Anybody have experience with them?



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