When I first wrote about utilizing stable state drives (SSDs) to radically enhance the efficiency of older Macs, high-capacity SSDs have been simply starting to turn into inexpensive. Replacing a Mac’s 500GB or 1TB exhausting drive with a same-sized SSD required at the very least $250 again then, however the advantages have been great: even an getting old machine turned markedly (5x) quicker, silent, and — unexpectedly — extra enjoyable to make use of. All for a lot lower than the worth of a brand new Mac.
Today, high-capacity SSDs are extra inexpensive than ever. Replacing your previous 500GB exhausting drive with a same-sized SSD from a good producer prices solely $150, whereas 1TB drives are beneath $330, every $100 lower than solely a few years in the past. Once unthinkably enormous 2TB and 4TB SSDs at the moment are generally obtainable, too, albeit at eye-watering costs.
With this week’s launch of macOS High Sierra, Apple has formally made SSDs its most popular Mac storage answer, introducing the brand new APFS customary to additional optimize SSD efficiency over Fusion and conventional exhausting drives. So it is a excellent time to revisit the subject of SSD upgrades; in case you held out earlier than, now’s the time to leap in!