View Full Version : using exterior ssd to run system

10-17-2010, 01:31 PM
i have a late 2008 MBPro 17" 2.5ghz CD2 and do not wish to void the warranty ( which runs for over another year ) by fitting an internal ssd.
can anyone tell me - is it possible to use a 60 gb external ssd to boot the machine & run all apps from - leaving the macs fitted 320 HD to be used for storage ?
this laptop is used mainly as a desktop ( not often moved ) so the extra attachment is not a problem.
any info would be greatly appreciated.

10-17-2010, 02:11 PM
Sure, you can run your MBPro from an external SSD (or any external storage), no problem.

But, replacing your internal hard drive with an SSD does not void your warranty.
That would only be a problem if you somehow damage your MBPro while replacing the hard drive - or the SSD somehow damages your MBPro.

10-17-2010, 02:37 PM
You may also want to consider the option described here in this Macworld article (http://www.macworld.com/article/145185/2009/12/mbpssdcard.html) which discusses using an SSD in the ExpressCard slot. Also note this follow-up video (http://www.macworld.com/article/145572/2010/01/ssd_macbook_pro.html) which serves as a companion piece to the article.

10-17-2010, 10:18 PM
thanks for the replies - the express card sounds interesting - i shall see if i can find one. ( im in india & its not quite as easy to find these things here !! ) :(