Tag Archives: SSD

Updating your smartmontools

By | February 7, 2013

A while back, I posted on how you could monitor your Intel SSD under Mac OS X using smartmontools. With the addition of a new iMac to my home office, I again updated to the latest smartmontools (6.0 at the time of this post), but it didn’t have all the information about the Apple 128GB… Read More »

How to determine Intel SSD Endurance on Mac OS X

By | January 22, 2012

I’ve been chatting with @garyorenstein on Twitter about his upgrade from the stock spinning rust HDD in his MacBook Pro, to an Intel 320 Series SSD. This is an upgrade that I’ve undertaken before. I started thinking about endurance. Commercial grade MLC SSD products have a bad reputation for early wear-out. I wanted to see… Read More »

Out with the Hybrid, in with the SSD

By | April 12, 2011

A few months back  (OK, 6 months) I bought a Seagate Momentus XT for my unibody MacBook Pro. The theory of operations is great: Add 4GB of NAND Flash to a good 7200rpm hard drive, and cache the slow seeks. Slow thrashy reboots and application launches get cached, giving you SSD-like read speeds on some… Read More »