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    Add a SSD to my macbook pro 13
    It it possible to add a SSD to my Macbook Pro 13". I just want a 8gb or 16gb to have my OS on. Then my standard hd for apps and files. It means I can boot up alot quicker and think its recommended to keep your OS on a seperate drive or partition. I seen a video that shows you how to remove your superdrive and add a second hd, this I do NOT want to do....

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    EightmanVT
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    So...you want to keep your existing HD, keep the superdrive and add an SSD? I'd imagine that you'd have to add an external SSD. I don't see much unutilized space in these laptops.

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    There's a hybrid HDD/SSD out there that seems be what you're looking for. The name has escaped me at the moment, but some quick google searching should find it for you. I think it was around $100 and offered a 500GB HDD and 8 or 16GB SSD. It supposedly adapts to your most frequently used apps and stores them on the SSD.

    Seems like a pretty decent option. I'm bouncing back and forth between that and a 128GB SSD only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
    There's a hybrid HDD/SSD out there that seems be what you're looking for. The name has escaped me at the moment, but some quick google searching should find it for you. I think it was around $100 and offered a 500GB HDD and 8 or 16GB SSD. It supposedly adapts to your most frequently used apps and stores them on the SSD.

    Seems like a pretty decent option. I'm bouncing back and forth between that and a 128GB SSD only.
    Newegg.com - Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

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    Still not SSD speeds but think these drives will be very good.

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    if you want two hard drives, an ssd and a magnetic hard drive, you can get an OWC data doubler. you essentially swap out your optical drive and replace it with the SSD.
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    These momentus drives are having problems. Check out engadget.
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    Is it not possible to just add a solid state hard drive say 250gig? Pardon me for being ignorant or thick
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    Quote Originally Posted by lesarmitage View Post
    Is it not possible to just add a solid state hard drive say 250gig? Pardon me for being ignorant or thick
    There isn't enough room, unless you're willing to sacrifice your optical drive (DVD). If so, then there are kits you can get to do this.
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    Go to OWC and look at a 60GB Mercury Extreme SSD and install that and it will be large enough for your OS and applications. If you are a music and photography fan, store those on an external drive. When you set up your SSD do a clean install of the operating system and do not use cloning software.


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    Quote Originally Posted by whitehorse84 View Post
    how many people here are using these drives?
    I'm using 2 of them, and haven't had any problems with them.

    I also 1 in my mbp15 along with a 32gb ssd(in places of the optical drive). I have the OS installed on the SSD, along with some of the major apps(like imovie, iphoto, PixelMator,etc), and the rest of the files, including the Home folder in the XT drive. There's a total of 532gbs total. Took a few tries to get everything right, but now it's perfect.

    This is what mine looks like:
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