If you’re wondering what you can do to improve the performance of your Mac, there’s one thing above all others that will improve performance. Simply put, replace the internal mechanical hard drive (HD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD).
Even if you have buckets of free RAM available, a Mac without an SSD is being strangled. The speed with which it can read and write data to disk is the rate limiting step for almost everything you do. You could buy a tricked out 27″ iMac with bucket loads of RAM and a normal HD and find that for most real-world usage it’s slower than a creaky MacBook from 2008 that has a SSD. And the situation is worse if you’re trying to run OS X 10.10 or 10.11. I find Macs with normal HDs just agonisingly slow when running Yosemite or El Capitan.
If you’d like to rejuvenate your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Macmini, MacPro or iMac we provide a cost effective SSD upgrade service. We tell you what parts your need to buy, then once you have them we then fit and install it for you. With prices starting from £45 + cost of parts, it’s a damn sight cheaper than shelling out on a new Mac.
It’s particularly sensible if you have an 2010 or later MacBook Pro, Macmini or iMac, as typically those machines have just as fast processors as brand new Macs and have SATA-3 internal buses. Plus they have the added advantage that you can upgrade the RAM, unlike modern Macs.
In the last few weeks we’ve upgraded a number of 2010 and 2011 27″ iMacs to Samsung TB 850 EVO SSDs for customers in Bath, Bradford on Avon, Warminster and Market Lavington. The drives admittedly aren’t cheap, but the performance bump is astonishing.
Mac running so slowly its driving you nuts? Please don’t hesitate to call 01380 830224 and we’ll see if you have a machine that’s sensible to upgrade.