My family has two early 2011 13" MacBook Pros and they were beginning to feel…well…a bit dated. I decided to upgrade each Mac with an SSD. After researching MacBook Pro compatible SSDs, I chose the Crucial M500 480GB model. In my opinion, the Crucial M500 480GB SSD offered the best value, speed, and disk space.
To prepare for the upgrade I cloned each drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. The process took several hours for each Mac to complete the cloning. Knowing that I was going to have two WD Scorpio Black 750GB drives after the upgrade, I purchased two Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk External Enclosures for 2.5in SATA HDD / SSD Drives. The enclosures are well made and offer a very simple installation procedure. We now have two portable 7200 RPM USB 3.0 hard disk drives!
A Phillips #00 screwdriver and a Torx T6 screwdriver are needed to install the M500s. I like the toolkits from www.ifixit.com. I removed the screws from the bottom plate of the MacBook Pros to expose the hard disk drive. The SSD is slimmer than the 2.5" hard disk drive so Crucial supplies a spacer to make up the difference.
After the installation was complete, I attached the each cloned drive via USB and booted the Macs while holding down he Option key. I selected the cloned drive as the boot volume and then let Carbon Copy Cloner populate the Crucial SSD.
The results are wonderful! The MacBook Pros boot fast and apps snap to life. To keep the SSD in top shape, I purchased Trim Enabler 3.0 from Cindori Software. Trim Enabler activates the ability for the SSD to handle garbage collection overhead, which would otherwise significantly slow down future write operations. Another benefit of trimming is that it will keep the drives running at top speed.
Are you looking to freshen up your aging MacBook Pro?