I’ve owned my Macbook Pro for 2 years now. In the hopes of getting another couple of years out of it I recently upgraded the memory and put in a solid state drive. I knew I was in for a faster machine but I didn’t realize it was going to feel like a new machine. It’s almost ridiculous how much faster it is with these upgrades. I haven’t timed the MacOS boot time but I am dual booting this machine with Windows 7. Using Parallels Desktop I run the Windows partition inside of Mac OS. Here are the Windows 7 boot times in Parallels pre and post upgrade:
|4GB, no SSD||15 minutes||I could only allocate about 1.5GB of RAM to Windows without making the Mac side useless|
|8GB, no SSD||2 minutes||I was able to allocate 4GB of RAM to Windows 7|
|8GB, 250GB SSD||15 seconds|
I knew the system would be faster but I never realized it would be that much faster. I should probably allocate 1.5gb of RAM to Windows just to see a more direct comparison to how fast it booted with 4GB of RAM and no SSD. I’d still expect it to be a lot faster at this point.
Moral of the story? If you want to get a bit more life out of a system that is 2-3 years old maximize the amount of RAM you can have in the machine and pop in an SSD.