Back to the stone age. Or so it felt…

… having to work with an old HDD-equipped MacBook Pro (MB133LL/A) again, while my current workhorse, a late-2013 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display (ME865LL/A), was getting its display unit replaced.

I've had really bad luck with my Macs over the years, which is why I resorted to always having a backup machine at hand, should the main device need fail on me. I also back up my machine using Time Machine for my documents and SuperDuper! for bootable images on two separate external HDDs.

Too bad that the SSD that usually does its job in the old MacBook Pro—a Crucial M4 with 256 GB—decided to have a nice little firmware failure right at the same time, forcing me to put the original 250 GB HDD back into the old Mac.

Over the next two days I was forcefully reminded how incredibly great SSDs are. Not only did the process of restoring a 192 GB backup to the old Mac take an entire night but every task that would take my current Mac a couple of seconds to perform, caused my old MacBook Pro to crawl down to a slow.

I really don't want to have to work with a HDD-only PC ever again.

Alex Hoffmann @mangochutney