My work computer is a 17” Macbook Pro which I’ve had for about a year. I chose the SSD option for the internal hard drive without knowing exactly what, if any, performance boosts would be. The computer was very fast and snappy at first, but after 6 months I noticed some serious slow down — most often this meant apps would stop at random moments and processes which were disk heavy were generally sluggish. I’d heard that SSD drives benefit from a regular reformat so finally this past weekend I backed up using this process:
- Backed up using Time Machine
- Booted from the Snow Leopard install disk
- Reformatted using the “Zero all data” option
- Restored from Time Machine
This took only 3-4 hours, and the speed effects were noticeable immediately. My apps load after 1-2 dock bounces, and the overall snappiness of the system is noticeably better.
So if you have an SSD in your laptop take the time to back up with Time Machine and reformat every few months.