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Should I get an SSD hard drive for editing?

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I have a MBP pro. It's a 17 inch from 2009 with 8GB of RAM and a 3.06 Ghz processor and I'm running Os X 10.7.5. For film editing, I use FCP 7.

I do feel like the computer is starting to show it's age. It's definitely not as fast as it used to be. This is the primary computer I use for editing. This is partly because I've been doing so much travel late but that will end in March.

I'm thinking about ways to make my experience faster. I'm considering swapping out my hard drive for an SSD hard drive. The other option would be to buy a desktop computer that I could keep in my apartment. Thoughts on whether or not it's worth it to get an SSD drive for my computer?

One other caveat: I'm considering switching to FCP X once I'm settled into an apartment in March. I dont know if that should impact my answer.

Thanks in advance. These forums are always so essential to me!
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I love SSD drives. I installed one in my MacBook Pro 2,1 (maxed at 3GB) and it definitely breathed new life into the machine. Much faster boot times, greatly improved reads/writes, and application launching, but I'm still limited by the bloody 3GB limit. Don't underestimate the value of added memory!

You could consider both.
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