solidstatedrive300x300When customers have a pretty good Mac that works fine but is just not running very fast any more, we often discuss a "Nuke and Pave" operation where we back up the entire hard drive to an external volume, erase and reinstall (upgrade) the Mac OS X operating system, reinstall apps and utilities fresh from the master installers and finally restore all the customer's data. That alone usually helps quite a bit--even when the user's running a traditional spinning at 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute mechanical hard drive.


samsungssdimageBut for less than $250 you can purchase a 500 Gigabyte Solid State Drive which is ConnectedLiving's recommendation for the majority of my clients with laptops such as MacBook Pros which are the easiest to upgrade. iMacs and other desktop computers will require a special 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch mounting bracket (generally $15-30). We can also do this for PCs.

The speed increase along with the reliability of solid state storage makes it one of the best purchases you can make to breathe new life into your old computer. We can also use your old drive as an external drive using a USB connection for an additional small fee.

Christopher Breen at MacWorld has a nice article on the subject.