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Feb 23, 2016 20:14 |  #1

I work for a MSSP. They replace all machines as they go out of warranty. I won one of the Macs today but will need to put a hard drive into the machine (the company removes them before giving them away). I am PC usually. One of the guys suggested SSD. Not sure what size to get. I'll probably not use the Mac other than traveling as I had a nice desktop made just a few months ago. How much room do I need? I've been told the machine is about 4 years old.




  
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Feb 23, 2016 20:26 |  #2

I would start here: http://eshop.macsales.​com/ (external link)

If it is 4 years old, you'll end up with a 2.5" HD. I would get 256GB. I manage just fine with that size on my 13" Retina MacBook Pro.


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Feb 23, 2016 22:36 |  #3

Exactly what Gossamer88 said. OWC will allow you to find exactly what's compatible with your Mac as far as hardware goes, and they have excellent guides on installation as well.

If it happens to be a model with an optical drive, you can also do an internal two HDD setup with the optical drive in an external USB enclosure. I have a 120GB SSD in my MBP (late 2011) for programs, etc. and a 750GB HDD for storage of movies, photos, and other random stuff. It also has a small partition set up for bootcamp to run Windows for those few "Windows only" programs I use.


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Feb 24, 2016 10:27 |  #4

In my late 2011 I have a 250GB Samsung EVO 850 and I replaced the CD drive with the stock 500GB HDD. This setup works pretty well for me as I have OSX, my applications and LR catalogs on the SSD, and I have some internal storage available as well. I keep my main photo archives on external drives at home, but the 500GB of internal space allows me to store some files on the macbook as needed.

250GB for the SSD works for me as I'm not really storing large amounts of files on the SSD, and I've tweaked a few things like turning off local Time Machine backups. If you use local Time Machine backups, iCloud storage, have lots of apps, etc, you may want to go with a 500GB drive.

The biggest problem I have with my late 2011 macbook is there are no USB 3.0 ports and only one Thunderbolt port. I use a $200 thunderbolt dock to partially alleviate this limitation, so I have reasonably quick throughput to my large external drives.


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Feb 24, 2016 17:43 as a reply to  @ bacchanal's post |  #5

USB 3.0 is the biggest issue for sure with the late 2011 and earlier MBP's, and I'm not exactly sure when they added it but it was pretty soon afterward. Thunderbolt accessories were supposed to make not having USB 3.0 a non-issue, but unfortunately there still aren't many around, and the ones that exist are usually very expensive compared to similar USB 3.0 accessories. I also use an external thunderbolt dock (Akitio Thunderdock) to attach my USB 3.0 and eSATA drives for faster access.


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Feb 24, 2016 20:30 as a reply to  @ Lyndön's post |  #6

USB 3.0 was introduced in the 2012 models.


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Feb 26, 2016 23:21 |  #7

Definitely go SSD if you know that you're going to use this machine enough to justify putting a couple of hundred dollars into it. Does it have enough RAM to be a photo editing machine, or is it going to be a nightly photo dump machine when traveling? Overall, the SSD will give you a faster, cooler-running, less battery-draining machine, and the prices for SSDs are reasonable now. I would only buy as much space as you think you need for what you plan to do, because any laptop you might buy to replace it is going to have an SSD already, likely bigger and faster, so I would consider this one unlikely to migrate to a new machine.


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