I've installed a Samsung 830 series 256gb SSD into my early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, and running 10.8 DP4, and 10.7.4 via a firewire 800 drive.

I've used Trim enabler on both installs as it doesn't enable itself, and both installs seem OK. (I'd read about Trim Enabler causing problems in the early days, but can't find anything else to say it's likely to cause problems recently, feel free to correct me if I should do something different/better)

I'm just wondering if there's anything else I should be aware of using an SSD on OSX?

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    Don't use trim enabler (it replaces your kexts), instead patch your kexts (described here) – mspasov Jun 24 '12 at 19:53
  • OK done that, TRIM status is enabled after removing the Trim Enabler patch, rebooting, and following those steps. Thanks! – AlanJC Jun 25 '12 at 5:28

Yes and No. There's not a final answer on this. There are some basic things you don't want to do:

  • Never fill your drive, always try to have a minimum of a 20% of the drive free, SSD performance goes down fast when the drive is full or close to it.

  • Even with trim and whatever the OS does, at some point in 1, 2, 3, n years you might have to completely reformat/repartition the drive to gain some speed. This has been true on Windows Machines (I've seen it). My MacBook Air (1 year old) hasn't yet shown any signs of slowness.

  • SSDs have a limited number of writes before they wear out. At some point blocks just stop working, so if you are constantly writing/deleting files, you're essentially wearing out your SSD faster than the average (however this number is huge, say it can last 10++ years under normal usage). One is expected to change the drive by then :)

I recommend you google around, there are multiple guides and advice pages. You will find this life hacker article relatively accurate and up-to-date. Bear in mind that technology in the future may change and the article (and this answer) may be rendered obsolete if, for example, SuperSSDs are created and they don't wear out or have a 1.000.000 years life-span :D

  • Would just add - after reading all those articles: - I bought an OWC SSD and did not apply Trim at all - the OWC are a little more expensive but have their own tech on board which helps on older Macs with the OS restriction – Applefanboy Nov 4 '16 at 9:40
  • Further: - to keep the SSDs relatively clean and optimal, I only put the OS and Applications on it. I then have a second internal fast HDD (e.g. WD Black 1TB 64) on which I run a Ram disc, Photoshop cache and my user folders (re-routed with Terminal). Kind of a soft hack fusion drive approach although by keeping the two drives separate if one dies I dont lose everything. By keeping the SSD relatively free / clean I haven't seen any performance drop in a year and it boots (even 10.6 on a Mac Pro 1,1) in about 8 seconds. The WD is plenty fast enough on the internal bus for data. – Applefanboy Nov 4 '16 at 9:56

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