The new hard drive can become a salutary solution to the majority of problems with your Mac’s performance. Until quite recently, Mac could only offer the choice of two separate internal storage options for their computers: hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state disk (SSD). Today, Apple users often have an opportunity to install both drive types on their machine to speed it up and get more space for their needs.
What You Get When You Move OS from HDD to SSD
Those who think about getting HDD should keep in mind that SSD guarantees better performance than HDD. For example, after moving to SSD, you may count on the faster operating system boot up. To compare, for HDD, it takes around half a minute or even 40 seconds to launch the machine while for SSD, 10-15 seconds is enough. On the other hand, traditional hard drives provide much more storage space for the same money.
To make it short, SSD will suit perfectly those Mac owners who value the following factors:
- 1. Speed;
- 2. Durability;
- 3. No need for many technical maintenance operations (e.g., defragmentation).
The ideal solution to obtain a lightning-fast and capacious Mac with a limited budget is to install a not-very-large SSD alongside the 1TB HDD. You place the operating system onto SSD while using HDD as a storage disk. For that, you'll need to know how to move your current OS to the newly obtained high-speed drive.
How to Migrate OS to SSD: 7 Simple Steps
This post explains how to perform a migration procedure of your OS X from the old HDD to a newly installed SSD; we'll use El Capitan operating system in our guide. Luckily, migrating is not as difficult as it may seem.
So, here we go!
- 1) First of all, open Disk Utility on a Mac.
- 2) Then, select the SSD disk icon and move to the Erase tab.
- 3) Pick a name and decide on the preferred format or leave the default values – OS X Extended (Journaled) and Partition map.
- 4) Visit the AppStore to download OS X El Capitan package for installation.
- 5) Launch “Install OS X El Capitan.” Stick to the stages offered by the setup program tips.
- 6) Select the SSD disk that you wish to install the OS to, and Restart.
- 7) Sit back and relax while the system is doing everything else. OS installation may take from half an hour to 2 hours depending on the hard drive’s capacity.
Once the process of the installation is over, and your Mac restarts, you'll need to do couple more things before the computer is completely ready to work like new again. Here they are:
- Select the location;
- Choose the keyboard;
- Pick the Wi-Fi network;
- Move to “Transfer Information to this Mac” window and choose the option that suits your needs the most: “From Mac, Time Machine Backup, or Startup Disk” (most likely); "From a Windows PS" (hardly); or "Don't transfer any information now."
- If you opt to move the required data to your refreshed Mac, you'll be shown the “Select the Information to Transfer” window where you must select the necessary files. Click "Continue" and wait till the transfer completes.
As the numerous studies and tests show, upgrading your Mac to SSD is way better and more rational than trying to revive old HDD. It is obvious that 20-second bootup time (maximum) wins against the 40-second. The overall speed and productivity of the Apple computer with SSD can jump up to 20 percent compared to the machine running on the native HDD. Thus, every Mac user has an opportunity to enjoy high-performing Mac operating system thanks to the brand new solid-state disk.
Hopefully, this short yet well-defined guide on moving your OS X to a new SSD will show you arguably the best way to speed up your several-years-old Mac and increase its storage capacity. You can thank us in the comments!