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Should I remove my new HDD and replace with a smaller SSD?

by wellkids79 / September 5, 2014 6:01 AM PDT

I think I posted this in the wrong area previously!

I really need some guidance and advise! I am NOT a computer savy person so please forgive my ignorance!

I have a MacBook Pro i7 with a 750g HDD that I just purchased used from my daughter. It is basically brand new and has been used less than 40 hours. Still under warranty.

I will be using this laptop for work and need to run Microsoft Word, Excel, surf the net, and have a large volume of pictures and videos to transfer over for my job. I have always kept these images on my computer and would like to continue to do so moving forward. I do not want a separate hard drive if I can do without.

I went to a computer store about having the data moved from my old MAC onto the new one or place it on a Time Capsule. The computer technician advised me not to use the Time Capsule but to just move everything over to the new MAC. He wants to take out my current HDD which is like new and replace it with a 250G SSD to make my computer faster and perform better. The HDD drive will be removed because I don't want to give up the CD drive that I do use with work.

Is this a wise move? What would be the benefit of replacing this hard drive? I just need feedback on whether or not this is truly an upgrade or if I should find a new computer technician!


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Will the work
by itsdigger / September 5, 2014 6:23 AM PDT

be done by an Apple technician, I mean what about warranty issues. Also if you have a lot of photo's , won't that use a lot of GB's ? A 250 GB drive seems small unless you put all the photo's on an external drive.

I'm not an Mac user but had to ask


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Yes it is a Certified Apple Technician
by wellkids79 / September 5, 2014 6:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Will the work

...I just question why I need this drive and also think this is too small. I am not a gamer and have a ton of photographs. I guess I question why take out a larger drive to replace with a smaller one just because its SSD. I am not a computer savvy person but this makes no sense to me. There current HDD drive works great.

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I agree
by itsdigger / September 5, 2014 6:53 AM PDT

But I'm sure a pro here will chime in soon...


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Not a very good idea!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 5, 2014 9:08 AM PDT

You have a ton of photo's, which I guess you will store in iPhoto, and you are not a gamer.

The MacBook Pro boots reasonably fast and with the i7 processor is an all round speedy machine.

While what the Apple Tech is telling you is true, the faster boot speed is about the only thing that you would benefit from. iPhoto might launch a little faster but not really fast enough to justify losing 500GB of disk space.

If I were you, I would stick with the 750GB hard drive.

If you were to be keeping the hard drive, at the expense of the Optical Drive, it would be a different story.


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Could go either way
by Photechgraphic / September 7, 2014 12:47 PM PDT

I currently run a 256gb SSD, switching down from a 1tb drive. I moved all photos more than 6 months onto my external drive.

It made my computer much faster; however there are drawbacks. I do constantly worry about running out of space, and occasionally back up my photos more often "just in case". This can be seen as an advantage as I'm not likely to lose all my photos if my computer does crash.

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I see you point but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 8, 2014 10:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Could go either way

the OP specifically stated that he wanted to keep his photo's on his laptop for work and that he did not want an external hard drive.

I would hope that the OP is also using an external hard drive to backup his MBP but they would not have to drag that around with them.


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