Yesterday’s Computer Project, Back to HDD from SSD

Yesterday, I began some badly needed work on my MacBook 5,1. I love SSD speed, but I don’t love shuffling and losing files. My catalog of photos and research materials reached a critical point on my 120 GB Intel X25-M SATA Solid-State Drive. I saw that Amazon had the best price on a Western Digital Scorpio 500 GB hard disk drive, so I picked up one of those to give my MacBook the internal storage capacity that I needed.

Swapping the drives is a quick and painless affair if you have a tiny philips head screw driver and a torx driver set.

After formatting the new drive, I reinstalled Lion and transferred many files to the new drive from a TimeMachine backup. I am now in the process of consolidating files that I was forced to keep on another external drive. I believe everything should be in place soon, and I can begin a new TimeMachine backup.

I should also receive new Corsair memory in the mail soon to bring my MacBook up to 8 GB. It currently has 4 GB and multiple open applications in Lion significantly decreases system responsiveness. Some applications, like Safari under Lion, are memory hogs (as I have reported on before). I hope adding RAM will help alleviate this issue.

Published by Jason W Ellis

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.