01 Mar 2018 · Projects
How much faster does a new SSD make a 2012 MacBook Pro? A lot.
I recently upgraded a 2012 MacBook Pro with a new SSD, and I was blown away by
the results. The computer was nearly unusable before the upgrade - it took
more than two minutes to boot and about 30 seconds to launch a program like
Chrome or Safari. (Although once it finally started, it wouldn’t be too bad to
do something simple like surf the web.) Apparently (as you’ll find in comments
all over the internet), lots of older MacBooks suffer from really slow
responsiveness when running newer versions of macOS. Luckily, the problem can
be fixed pretty easily by replacing the OEM hard drive with an SSD – after the
fix, the MacBook Pro boots in about 25 seconds and launches programs almost
instantly. Overall, the SSD made the computer about four times faster when
doing disk-bound operations like booting up or starting a program!