Mac SSD upgrade

Why an SSD upgrade makes sense for your Mac

If your Mac doesn’t have a factory fitted SSD, then this the best value upgrade you can make.Prices have come down hugely and it now makes more sense than ever to fit an SSD instead of a hard drive in your Mac.Read on to find out why…

What’s wrong with my old hard drive?

Traditional hard drives are made up of spinning disks and a reading head that magnetically reads and writes data to your drive. This is an inherently slow process.

Hard drives generate quite a bit of heat and are noisier and heavier than an SSD.

Hard drives are very vulnerable to damage if dropped. This is particularly relevant to MacBooks. One drop and your data can be lost.

How much faster will my Mac be?

A lot faster is the simple answer.

The time it takes for your Mac to start up will be reduced dramatically.

The time to open applications and save files is much faster too.

The whole experience of using your Mac is much less sluggish and will be much “zippier”.

Your Mac will much closer to the experience of using a new Mac. Not the same – but getting pretty close.

If you have a retina MacBook, the new SSD will be faster than the original one.

How long does it take?

The work to change from hard drive to SSD takes a bit less than an hour and then the data gets transferred from your old drive to the new SSD. The time this takes will vary depending on how much you have stored. Generally it will all be done in a few hours.

How much does it cost?

Go back a few years and an SSD was a very expensive upgrade but now it is a different story. Prices has dropped over recent years and storage space has gone up.

The drives I currently fit are Samsung 860 Evo:

  • 250GB SSD – £40
  • 500GB SSD – £60
  • 1TB SSD – £110

There are labour and materials charges on top of the SSD price. Get in touch and I will give you an exact quote.

Are there any disadvantages?

There is a myth that SSDs last longer than a hard drive and this is not strictly true. An SSD has a limited number of reads and writes but that doesn’t mean it’s going to fail in a hurry. Most SSDs have a 3 year warranty  which is longer than a hard drive.

In the event of a drive failure it is unlikely that data will be recoverable so a backup is essential. But then you should be backing up anyway.

Are there any other advantages besides making my Mac faster?

Speed is the biggest advantage by a long way, but there are a few other advantages:

  • An SSD is lighter 
  • An SSD won’t be damaged if you drop your Mac
  • An SSD will be cooler than a hard drive
  • An SSD is quieter than a hard drive

These are not huge advantages but they do add to the speed advantage and make an SSD a great option.


If you have an older Mac that doesn’t have a solid state drive, you can upgrade and make it nearly as fast as a new Mac . It will certainly make your Mac faster than it was when it was new.What’s not to like about that?If you would like a quote or have any questions then leave a comment below and I will answer.

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  1. Hi Robin,

    Just looking at this post about using an SSD, and wondering about the advantages / disadvantages of fitting an internal SSD vs booting from an external SSD drive connected using Thunderbolt port? Currently have no issues with internal HDD in iMac A1418 (21.5, Late 2013, 8Gb RAM) and curious about the pros/cons of using an external SSD as my boot drive?


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