Post SSD install, the MacBook [Pro] Air not-so-thin

  • April 1st, 2011

A couple of days ago I said I would share my thought post install. After swapping the factory installed Hitachi 7200 RPM hard drive with an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, all I can say is wow. The overall improvement was immediately apparent after the startup Apple logo appeared then quickly disappeared moments before the menu bar and dock popped into view.

  • Faster startup / shutdown
  • Notebook runs slightly cooler
  • Similar “instant-on” MacBook Air users enjoy
  • Applications start within a second or two (including Adobe apps)

My previous habit of starting an app, bouncing back to another to continue working then returning to the first (after fully loading) are a thing of the past. Click on an icon in the dock and it opens immediately. Productivity boost! Check out the read / write performance figures before and after installation. The second column is the Xbench score.

Apple installed Hitachi 7200 RPM

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD

Props to Apple for making the hard drive so easy to swap. The entire swap not including disk cloning was under 15 minutes. The OWC Data Doubler kits look super tempting now.