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    I am receiving MacBook Pro in two weeks, and I was looking into upgrading with SSD. I was wondering for those who have made the switch what would you recommend. I am leaning towards the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB. I would prefer it to be 256GB SSD. The specs will be below.

    Apple MacBook Pro, 15.4" Glossy widescreen display, 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 with Ivy Bridge, 8GB 1600MHz memory, 750GB Serial ATA Drive.

    Thanks In Advance!
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    May I ask why you want to downgrade?

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    I don't know
    Honestly didn't know it was a downgrade, but I'm not that familiar with the laptop side of things. I have just been told to upgrade to SSD for optimal results.
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    Here are the specs and configurations. An SSD self installed will be much cheaper than getting Apple to supply and install. Use a OCZ Vertex in an external caddy and quite happy with it. Also consider OWC.

    Apple - MacBook Pro - Technical Specifications
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thank you for the information and yes I've seen plenty of walk-through videos on it. It seems pretty straight forward I was going to do it myself when I do it.
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    I have just been told to upgrade to SSD for optimal results.
    Im guessing that the person who said this used a PC for gaming?
    An SSD will give you more speed, but the core i7 i believe your SATA will be plenty fast. (And cheeper)

    I believe it is a downgrade as you would be giving up a big hard drive size for more money, i just bought my first big hard drive and i love the feeling of never getting close to going over the limit!

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    I see now
    Ok I see what you mean now. Honestly I don't need anywhere near 750GB though and a few of them were gamers, but they mostly referred to overall speed being much better. Right now I have 455GB HDD and I have 333GB left so I don't know how much HDD I will actually need.
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    Well if your nearing 350gB now there is no sense in getting a 250 GB sdd,

    It may be true you don't need the space, but it is nice to have it.

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    I haven't had a Mac in awhile so it will probably feel fast already, I think I will stick with the original configuration.

    Thanks
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    l bought an SSD hard drive after l broke the regular one in my old PC. The improvement in speed was really impressive. lts almost 3 years ago, and l bought my mac a little over 6 months later so l don't remember exactly on what it improved the most, but especially opening programs and going through explorer was a lot faster. The startup also was very fast, and the battery life improved significantly too if l remember correctly.
    l will definitely go for an SSD drive the next time as well. l dont play games on the computer, just use it for internet, watch movies and for my photos.
    l have a 256 GB SSD drive now, and its sufficient space for me. Room enough for plenty of programs and some videos/music/photos. But l have to have my photos and most of my movies on an external drive, which is a bit of a hassle. But its worth it, IMO.

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    I would wait on that SSD since prices are likely to continue to come down. The machine is plenty fast as-is and it doesn't sound like you have any particular need for the speed boost on this brand-new machine.

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    Thanks for the help Chas
    You guys are right now that I think about it it's not a necessity. I will also take more HDD space over speed any day in a Mac. I think I just got carried away lol.

    Thanks to all that helped.
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    Thanks for the info
    Quote Originally Posted by audunk View Post
    l bought an SSD hard drive after l broke the regular one in my old PC. The improvement in speed was really impressive. lts almost 3 years ago, and l bought my mac a little over 6 months later so l don't remember exactly on what it improved the most, but especially opening programs and going through explorer was a lot faster. The startup also was very fast, and the battery life improved significantly too if l remember correctly.
    l will definitely go for an SSD drive the next time as well. l dont play games on the computer, just use it for internet, watch movies and for my photos.
    l have a 256 GB SSD drive now, and its sufficient space for me. Room enough for plenty of programs and some videos/music/photos. But l have to have my photos and most of my movies on an external drive, which is a bit of a hassle. But its worth it, IMO.
    Yeah that is what people were telling me. At this point though I just don't see the point in lowering HDD space for speed because I am told they are quite speedy already.

    Thanks for your opinion and good information on your experience.
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    Im running an OWC Mercury Extreme pro and i get ridiculous boot times and write/read speeds... it is NOT a downgrade. take the ATA HDD out and put it in an enclosure as a external HDD and put the SSD in the HDD bay
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBPi5 View Post
    Im running an OWC Mercury Extreme pro and i get ridiculous boot times and write/read speeds... it is NOT a downgrade. take the ATA HDD out and put it in an enclosure as a external HDD and put the SSD in the HDD bay
    If you do that, get the kit from OWC that will let you put the HDD into the optical drive bay and move the optical drive to an external enclosure. That will let you have the storage with you with just the machine, and only if you want to read/write CD/DVDs will you need to lug the external enclosure. That's what I have done and I really like the quick boots and tons of storage.

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