Should You Upgrade Your Older Mac To An SSD - Or Wait?

Is it feasible to upgrade your particular Mac model to a solid-state drive? It depends a lot on exactly WHICH desktop Macintosh or MacBook model you own. Technology's march is pretty relentless and Apple's penchant for staying close to the bleeding edge makes it a challenge.

Face it, the average consumer doesn't necessarily have the skills, the tools, or the nerve to perform their own Mac SSD upgrade. On some models it's actually quite trivial, takes only a few minutes and doesn't require much in the way of tech skills. You just need straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Other Mac models, even I wouldn't attempt. Some require quite a bit of disassembly before you can even physically get to the internal (usually) hard drive to even make the swap.

With the miniaturization of so many computer components, the connectors are ever more delicate, the screws insanely short and tiny, and often special driver bits are needed as more unusual star, tri-lobe and torx screw heads are used. It can make take-apart's quite challenging and nerve-wracking. No thanks!

For some, an SSD that's built-in or a Build-To-Order option on their NEXT MacBook or Mac desktop system is the way to go. I've pondered upgrading my 2012 MacBook Air's SSD from 64GB to 128GB for much needed elbow room. But this 4 year old laptop is getting tired, the keyboard is worn and getting unreliable and it's just smarter to look forward than to try to teach this old dog any new tricks.