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Boot some MacBook Pros via an ExpressCard solid state drive
Authored by: dizash on Dec 20, '09 02:34:19PM

I've been using the 48GB Filemate SSD express card drive as my startup disk in my late 2008 MBP for about 3 months now. It really is a significant difference in speed. I have most of my apps running off the SSD with some still running off my HDD (Seagate 500GB 7200RPM Momentus). I read a lot about setting this up before taking the plunge. I wound up clicking option + my user name, to map the drive to my user account. The only downsides I have an issue with that I've noticed are a big increase in heat and a big decrease in battery life. The fans seem to go into overdrive when I'm doing something that requires any fair amount of CPU which makes things a bit noisy (maybe the increased fan rpm is contributing to the decrease in battery life?).
I'm not sure how OSX works in terms of saving temp, user, and app support files, but if I do boot from my HDD, the apps that I usually run off the SSD seem to access the same info when running them off the HDD (helpful if I'm on the road and trying to have a little more battery).
If anyone has any ideas what I can do to reduce the heat and battery demand while using the SSD, I'd appreciate it. In the meantime, since I typically have the MBP plugged into AC power and on a stand, it's not that big of a deal. Thanks.



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