Laptop and Desktop SSD Update…


I recently wrote about installing SSDs in my Laptop and Desktop. I thought I would write a quick follow up post to mention how things are going.

I’m really happy with the changes to the performance of the desktop. As mentioned previously, it is now much quieter and really fast. A lot of my VMs run from the 1TB internal data drive, but the things I use most frequently are now sitting on the SSD. I’m starting to forget what life was like before SSD, except when I go to work and use the slowest PC that was ever built. 🙂

The laptop upgrade was a really good move. Just before my first BGOUG presentation the projector seemed to freak out my MacBook and I was forced to reboot. With the old hard drive I would have been filling while waiting for the thing to start up. As it was, it restarted in a similar time it used to take to come out of hibernation and I was moving. 🙂

Having done the disk swap in the laptop so close to a conference I was a little bit nervous, so in addition to the laptop I had my old 500G external drive, my new 1TB external drive and the oringial internal hard drive in my bag. Unpacking all that, along with my Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Kindle was very time consuming and a little embarrassing. 🙂

If you were at all in doubt about making the move to SSD, I can definitely recommend it.



PS. I reserve the right to start moaning about it when it wears out after a few weeks. 🙂

Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

4 thoughts on “Laptop and Desktop SSD Update…”

  1. Hey Tim,
    Just a word to the wise, back up your stuff religiously when using the SSD. If it ever fails then you lose everything on the drive, without exception. It’s not like a regular drive where you could plug it in and recover data off the other sectors. It happened to me on a 256GB drive, and we’ve had about a 6% failure rate out of 140 deployed. They are great when they run, but when they go out it’s all over.

  2. @Mark: Yes. That’s why I got a new 1TB USB disk for my MBP. I use it for time machine.

    My desktop is really clean. All the cool stuff in on VMs, which are backed up. I often reimage the OS, so I don’t keep much on that disk, but it is backed up to my NAS religiously. 🙂

    Thanks for the advice though. Not looking forward to my first fail. 🙂



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