Customize Your Mac: I Warp Speeded my MacBook Pro!

Customize Your Mac: I Warp Speeded my MacBook Pro!

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I Warp Speeded my MacBook Pro!

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After using “tower” (or “desktop”) computers for my main workstation for over 20 years (since the Mac IIci!), I made the switch a couple of years ago to using a 17″ MacBook Pro for my main editing + everything else machine.

(This is the model I have)

It’s great to have the portability, and though it was slower than my Mac Pro, it’s been a great workstation. At my office it drives a 30″ Cinema Display, but by itself it’s quite usable with its 1920×1200 17″ screen.

But, because Apple beams secret slowdown messages from the Cupertino Mothership to their computers so they run slower and slower in advance of a new product announcement (okay, maybe that’s just a paranoid conspiracy theory) my 2011 MacBook Pro has been seeming more and more sluggish in the last few months.

<rant>By the way, “MacBook Pro” is such an awkward brand name, they really should have kept the “PowerBook” brand, even though the chips aren’t “PowerPC” anymore, who cares? PowerBook is such an awesome brand name!</rant>

Anyway, along with many of you, I eagerly awaited news of amazing, new, speedy 17″ MacBook Pros from WWDC. But alas, the 17″ was discontinued!

While the Retina Display MBP has higher resolution than even my 30″, to me it’s not that helpful if you need a magnifying glass to read the fine print. (I like big screens and I cannot lie…)

And, many of the speed gains of the Retina Display MBPs seem to be due to the superfast SSD drives, and not the processors, which aren’t that much faster than my 2011 MBP.

The Plan

So I decided instead to trick out my MBP, with the following agenda:

  1. Replace the old 500GB boot drive with a 512 GB SSD drive
  2. Replace the optical Superdrive (what is that for, anyway?) with a new 750 GB “hybrid” SSHD drive
  3. Upgrade the RAM from 8 GB to 16 GB

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