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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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SSD and Mid 2010 MacBook Pro - Suitability and Performance

Hi everyone,

Trying to speed up my wife's aging laptop, which she uses the Adobe Suite on quite a lot. I'm looking at swapping out her current HD with this drive, which is $130 right now with coupon. I have a few questions:

1. Will this fit into her 15 inch, Mid 2010 MacBook Pro?

2. I'm assuming, from what I'm read, that this will greatly reduce opening times, but will it also reduce the degree to which the computer struggles with the software, or is that limited to CPU and RAM?

Thanks a bunch,

Josh.
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1.) Will fit fine.
2.) Everything will open much faster, as well as boot times, and overall system performance will be much more responsive. Actual software performance is dependent more on CPU and RAM in many cases. Upgrade the RAM to 8GB if she only has 4GB in there now.
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Mine is a mid 2009 and it works great with the SSD
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 10:21 AM   #5
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Hi everyone,

Trying to speed up my wife's aging laptop, which she uses the Adobe Suite on quite a lot. I'm looking at swapping out her current HD with this drive, which is $130 right now with coupon. I have a few questions:

1. Will this fit into her 15 inch, Mid 2010 MacBook Pro?

2. I'm assuming, from what I'm read, that this will greatly reduce opening times, but will it also reduce the degree to which the computer struggles with the software, or is that limited to CPU and RAM?

Thanks a bunch,

Josh.
If it is struggling with the software I would look at the RAM. Open Activity Monitor (Utilities folder) and under System Memory check "page outs". It should be at or very close to zero. If not, more RAM should provide a noticeable improvement.

FWIW RAM requirements have a lot to do with how a computer is used. Someone who leaves everything open all the time will need more RAM than someone who closes doors behind him. Web browsers once again seem to have lost the ability to release memory when they no longer require it.

Adobe also uses a scratch disk when it overwhelms the RAM, so a lack of free disk space can make insufficient RAM slowdowns even worse. Again in Activity Monitor check under disk usage. You will find the free disk space listed there.
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