I also compared the drive with what would typically come in a laptop: a hard drive. I tested the same MacBook Pro with a Western Digital WD Black 500GB drive, and saw maximum speeds of 122MB/s for reads and 119MB/s for writes. Using the hard drive, the system booted in 21 seconds, nearly double that of the Ultra Plus.
Of course, a hard drive is also a lot easier on your wallet. The WD Black 500GB drive retails for just $64.
Overall, I was impressed with the SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD. The boot times were excellent, as were the data transfer speeds. The shutdown time was a bit disappointing, but nothing that would dissuade me from purchasing this affordable drive.
Moving your data
While SanDisk sells an SSD conversion kit for $35, which includes a USB 3.0 to SATA 6.0 cable and some installation software, I recommend a different route when it comes to moving your data from your old disk to the new.
StarTech's Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HDD Hard Drive Duplicator Dock HDD makes drive duplication a fast, no-brainer process; it's all hardware based. You plug your old drive into one end of a SATA dock and the new SSD into the other end and hit "start." That's it. There's no software, no muss and no fuss. The device sells for $69 .
You can also duplicate your drive by using the SanDisk conversion kit to move data via the USB 3.0 port, but it's far slower than going the StarTech route.
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