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Saved Me from Replacing My Daughter's MacBook Pro (Late, 2011)!
November 15, 2018
My high school daughter had been complaining that her MacBook Pro (Late, 2011) was running very slow. She mainly uses it for school work and listening to music, but I could see her frustration with the "spinning beachball" every time she opened an application or was browsing the internet. After reading about the success many people were having with replacing the slow 5400RPM hard drive that came with the Mac with one of the newer SSD drives, I decided to do the upgrade. These were my steps:
1.) Buy a 500MB Samsung SSD Drive ($80)
2.) Buy this StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive adapter
3.) Download SuperDuper! for free to my daughter's mac.
4.) Connect new Samsung SSD Drive using the StarTech cable via USB port on Mac.
5.) Follow instructions on SuperDuper to clone original drive.
6.) Follow video instructions on YouTube to remove old drive and install new SSD Drive
7.) Reboot computer - DONE!
This cable was perfect for cloning the Mac to the SSD. By the way, I also upgraded her 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM (another $54) since I already had the laptop opened. Very easy upgrade. NO MORE SPINNING BEACHBALL and it boots up much faster using the SSD drive.
Here are just a few examples of how much faster the computer responds with the new SSD Drive:
(OLD HD): 2 MINUTES, 15 SECONDS -> NEW SSD: 47 SECONDS
(OLD HD): 1 MINUTE, 3 SECONDS -> NEW SSD: 5 SECONDS
(OLD HD): 31 SECONDS -> NEW SSD: 3 SECONDS
(OLD HD): 27 SECONDS -> NEW SSD: 6 SECONDS