Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?
July 17, 2012 6:58 PM Subscribe
My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill?
posted by Rewind to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 17" 2009 Macbook Pro (2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo w/ 8 GB memory). When I bought it new it was running OS X Leopard and I have since upgraded it twice - first to Snow Leopard, and now to Lion (10.7.4). None of those upgrades were clean installs (just upgraded one on top of the next), and my cleaning and maintenance has been minimal. This is all somewhat embarrassing, as in a former life I was a Windows system admin and could perform those tasks in my sleep. My inexperience doing them on a Mac, however, has me cringing in fear. Anyway, although I adore this machine, it has started to act the slightest bit funky which leads me to my two part question:
1) Normally, I would just buck up, do the research and perform the maintenance, but with the release of OS X Mountain Lion in a few weeks, and my own desire to upgrade to a solid state drive, I figured I'd make the purchase, swap the drives, make a bootable copy of Mountain Lion and do a clean install, then just transfer the necessary files from the old hard drive via USB and a drive enclosure (mostly just grad school documents and some photos. Music I won't move for the moment since I have everything in iTunes Match & iPhone/iPad backups are stored in iCloud.) Does this seem like a reasonable plan provided I do the necessary drive backups beforehand? Is there anything I'm missing?
2) Assuming #1 is doable (or even if it isn't), can you suggest tasks/programs I can run on a regular basis to keep this thing running smoothly? There are just so many options out there for programs that can help automate this, but I simply don't know what's trustworthy and what isn't, and could use some advice and personal suggestions on best practices. (I also realize that compatibility may well be an issue once Mountain Lion is released, but assume for the moment that it isn't, unless somehow you already know of reliable alternatives that work with it.)
Thanks in advance.