I bought this 17" MacBook Pro in 2009 and it has served me great in that time not a single problem with any part of it. But I felt recently it was feeling a little sluggish. Especially when compared to my desktop hackintosh.
So I had a few SSD's laying around. None of them were big enough for all my data (Music, Images etc) but big enough for the operating system and my applications. So I bought one of these: http://compare.ebay....&var=sbar&cbt=y
Basically it is an optical drive shell that lets you put a 2.5" hard drive in your laptop where the optical drive was. I never use my optical drive anyway and I do have a USB optical drive for my desktop so if I really needed one I could just use that.
So anyway the reason I'm making this thread is to share just how amazingly fast my laptop feels now. I reinstalled Lion on to the SSD (fresh install) and everything is just so fast. It boots in 1/6th the time. Apps open with not even a single bounce on the dock. On my old Hard Disk chrome would bounce 3-4 times before it opened now it opens instantly after clicking its icon.
I'm really impressed. Also if any of you are considering doing the same thing I have a few tips. You know the OS X Alias system? Where by you right click a file or folder and select "Create Alias" these aliases are not just dumb shortcuts like on Windows. These aliases are recognized by the operating system as symbolic links. What this means is for example I can go to my iTunes folder on my Hard Disk right click it, create an alias then move that to where the iTunes folder should be on my SSD. Then when I open iTunes it thinks its accessing my music from my SSD but instead it's using that alias and retrieving it from my hard disk.
By using this Alias feature I've been able to keep all my data (Video, Music, Pictures, Virtual Machine Disks etc) on my Hard Disk but seamlessly use them as if they were on my SSD without losing the fast boot times the SSD provides or the instant launching of all my Applications.
So have any of you guys done this kind of upgrade yourselves?