Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Perfect MacBook Setup - Part 1 Hardware

Since i have to stay a while on my late 2008 13'' MacBook before i can buy a new i7 MacBook Pro, i decided to tune it with a brand new Intel SpeedStar 120GB SSD and a fresh Installation of Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 4.


The replacement of the the HDD was as easy as it can get but 120GB storage seems a bit limited to me, especially with a iTunes Database of 140GB :). So i ordered a OptiBay Superdrive exchange kit to replace my DVD drive with a second 500GB SATA HDD (Seagate Momentus). Sadly the kit hasn't arrived yet.

On the Software side i installed a fresh copy of Lion, to enable the SSD to use TRIM i used Trim-Enabler, which is, contrary to what i posted back then, very well compatible with Lion.

Startup Time is around 4 seconds and the reaction time of the operating system and applications is awesome. Even the big guys like Photoshop or Microsoft Word open in a few seconds.

xBench Results
I enabled full harddrive encryption via FileVault and the speed is still amazing, tough i may disable it (i never gonna loose my MB anyways)
More when the OptiBay arrives...

5 comments:

phosports said...

thanks for the tips, going to do this to my macbook now

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Well you can't really argue with speed like that! I think every time I come to this blog I get more convinced that I actually want to try a Mac out now.

Monoriss said...

lol thats awesome i need to show this to my sister thanks for the tips

Fang said...

>Photoshop opening in a few seconds
TAKE MY MONEY

I myself am saving up for a well-deserved upgrade to a Macbook Pro (15", higher specs model, high-def screen, lower storage but higher rpm drive)
Still pondering wether or not to go for a matte screen. Can you offer any advice about that in a future post?

But if I were you I would've gotten a Thunderbolt compatible external disk, because it's going to be useful later on.

charmingguy said...

thanks!