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Old May 7th, 2020, 07:01 PM   #11
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I have been trying to decide how I can upgrade my late 2012 Mini to an SSD drive. It's a 2.5 Ghz i5 with 8 GB RAM.

I bought this brand new in 2015 from Apple and it is running Mohave, latest version but it is painfully slow to boot up and also slow to use when compared to my 2015 MBP. I need a backup machine that is responsive in case of an issue with the MBP to keep my web site going. While I have used it in the past, it takes me about double the time to complete a daily issue and upload it. It likely has been used for less than 200 hours.

I know there are kits available to upgrade the HD to an SSD and would appreciate any recommendations as to what kit is best. Install videos I have watched (from OWC) seem to be easy to understand and not too terribly hard to install.

Then I thought about using an external USB connected SSD drive to boot from, and use the resident HD as a backup but can't find much information on such a setup. Would this type of setup work and improve my speed issues? The bonus would be if I upgrade the entire computer in the future, I would retain the external SSD for other uses. Plus avoid having to do the internal install.

Thoughts or alternate suggestions appreciated.
If it was me I would clone your MBP drive to the SSD then set your SSD as your boot drive and leave it plugged intothe MBP always and it will ba way faster then use old drive as a spare or whatever..
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Did you read the previous posts???

Especially the most recent one above from the OP???





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Incidentally the challenge these days seems to be on macOS versions... I have a couple of machines stuck at 10.13 and it won't be long until apps start to stop supporting them. Already iWork apps won't update.
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Incidentally the challenge these days seems to be on macOS versions... I have a couple of machines stuck at 10.13 and it won't be long until apps start to stop supporting them. Already iWork apps won't update.

There's no normal reason for any currently working application to stop working with your current macOS version.

But it's a bummer when an updated application runs worse or with less features that it did with the previous version:
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As it turns out, Pages '09 v4.3 is more capable, and stable on El Capitan, with more retained, practical functionality than if you had macOS Sierra with the new applications.
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If it was me I would clone your MBP drive to the SSD then set your SSD as your boot drive and leave it plugged intothe MBP always and it will ba way faster then use old drive as a spare or whatever..
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My MBP has a 1 TB SSD drive.

The whole idea was to speed up the Mac Mini which had a normal old HD. The clone to the external SSD worked fine and is set as the boot drive on the MAC MINI. Mission accomplished and very fast now.
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Spot on Patrick.

I'm now using the dumbed-down versions of iWork for everyday stuff and the Affinity suite for heavy lifting. The restrictions on Keynote (mostly around the handling of Masters) are not too cumbersome. As I'm running machines ranging from 2009 to 2019, I'm trying to keep as many as possible on the same versions of everything but there is now a clear demarcation between those stopped at 10.13 and others.

Incidentally I was told by Zoom today that my machine wasn't powerful enough to do virtual backgrounds (it needs quad core processors apparently) but that I could use a green screen behind me. Somehow a $50 piece of cloth seems like a cheaper upgrade than a $4000 MBPro...
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Somehow a $50 piece of cloth seems like a cheaper upgrade than a $4000 MBPro...



Heck, one could even use Green Crepe Paper for even less money!!!


PS: Skype still works well for me.

But I haven't tried bothering with their latest version, but apparently it seems to need os x 10.10.x as a minimum, and i prefer using my Mavericks 10.9.5:
Skype for Mac updated with new Zoom-like custom virtual backgrounds
https://9to5mac.com/2020/04/22/skype...ckgrounds-mac/

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One of the features that has made Zoom such a popular solution for video calls recently is support for custom backgrounds. After implementing similar Zoom-like features earlier this month, Skype is now adding support for custom backgrounds.
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As pointed out by Thurrot, Skype has started rolling out a new version of its app for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Web that adds support for custom backgrounds. This new capability joins Skype’s long-standing support for blurring your background during a video call.





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