I recently decided to take quite a bold move and change my computing setup. For about 3 years I’ve used two computers, my MacBook Pro for work on the move and an iMac for work at home. Increasingly, I found I did most of my work on my laptop, since I didn’t have to worry about transferring files if I was going to be working from the office or from campus. My mom is in need of a new computer (she currently has my old iMac G4, and it just won’t cut it anymore), so I decided to get rid of the iMac and solely use my laptop.
This change would be fine if it weren’t for the embarrasingly small hard-drive that was in my laptop. It would just about hold my music collection and nothing else, so it would need upgrading. Thanks to the various guides on upgrading the machine, I was able to replace the old 80GB 5400RPM drive with a lovely new 320GB 7200RPM drive, and boy is there a big difference. Not only do I not have to worry about drive space anymore, but the machine boots and loads things so much quicker. Very impressed indeed.The upgrade itself wasn’t too bad, it took me a good evening to do it all, including backing up the old drive and restoring the data. There were a couple of issues once the case was off, but nothing too major. My warranty was void a long time ago, so there’s no worries there.
The only problem remaining then was the fact that I like working on a big monitor. Fortunately, I decided this right around the time of the January sales, and managed to get myself a nice Dell SP2309W (which has annoyingly gone down in price since I bought it…), which I am very very pleased with. I’ve yet to try out something in HD, but I’m very much looking forward to it.
All in all, this switch-around ended up being a lot less scary than I thought it would be. I’ve found my work is a lot more streamlined now I only have one machine to worry about and now I can use my laptop on a nice big screen. And it sets me up nicely for a big bad Mac Pro in the next couple of years…