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Greetings, Thank you for the "most liked" content on September 4, 2012... However... Survival of a MacBook Pro 2011... Recently, my laptop began booting with a folder and question mark. Help from YouTube, my dad, and a very small tool kit... Offered me the opportunity to boot my Macintosh HD via hard drive enclosure. However, before I take any final steps to replace the hard drive cable.... Is there anything I should be weary about? How long can a hard drive survive in an enclosure? Thanks again~
This past Thursday evening, I upgraded the 13" MacBook Pro that I bought back in late February. I took the ram from 4 gig to 8 gig. I also replaced the original Toshiba 500 gig 5400 rpm drive with a 750 gig Seagate Momentus XT hybrid 7200 rpm drive. I have noticed a ton of difference in the speed with both upgrades. Before the upgrade, when I used Parallels to boot into Windows for office work, the system would start paging in and out a lot with swap space growing to 2 gig sometimes. Now with the extra ram, I have increased the allotted ram for Parallels from 1 gig to 2.5 gig with a video ram increase to 512 meg. Even with that, I have no pages out and swap space remains at zero. The drive upgrade has greatly increased the speed of the machine. Boot time went from around a minute to less than 30 seconds from a cold start. App launch times are noticeably faster. Launching things like the Mail app or Safari would cause the icon in the dock to bounce 4 or 5 times and eventually come up to the screen. With the new drive upgrade, in the instance of Mail.app, the icon bounces once and, in fact, the main Mail screen is displayed on the monitor before the icon finished that single bounce. This seems to be the best hardware money I have spent in quite a while.
I have a 13" MacBook Pro that I purchased from Apple in February. I have it connected to a 24" Dell display. The connection is mini-displayport to DVI using the Apple dongle that I purchased. Not all the time, but usually two or three times a week, I'll walk in and wake up the laptop. After entering my password, the Dell display is flickering with snow badly. I can unplug the mini-displayport dongle, wait for the display to revert to the laptop, and then plug it back in to basically "reset" the external display. Has anyone had an experience with anything like this? I can clear it up as mentioned above, but it is kind of annoying that it does this.