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SSD upgrade summary
Authored by: noworryz on Apr 07, '11 10:55:50AM

I'd like to sum up by saying that if you're handy with a screwdriver (or know someone who is), upgrading to an SSD is a great way to make a three or four-year-old machine feel like new: applications launch 3-5 times faster and, if you have to run Parallels on occasion, launching Windows takes 30 seconds instead of 90.

You can see if your machine can be upgraded by going to "About this Mac" under the Apple menu and then clicking "More Info..." Under the Hardware category, click "Serial-ATA" and see if your current drive is described. If so, an overnight clone and two hours of hardware installation will do the trick. SSDs are about $400 at present but that's still much less than a new machine with a solid state drive.

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