Is an SSD cost ef­fec­tive?

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I have a Late 2012 Mac mini that’s quite slow to boot. Typ­i­cally I have time to put the ket­tle on while it boots to the lo­gin screen each morn­ing, and then time to open all the cur­tains around the house while it goes from the lo­gin screen to the desk­top. As I work from home, do you think that up­grad­ing to an SSD would be a worth­while in­vest­ment? Sandy Coleville If you’re only con­cerned with the time it takes to boot up each morn­ing, prob­a­bly not. You need to make that cup of cof­fee and open the cur­tains ev­ery day any­way, so you aren’t los­ing work­ing time at the mo­ment. And even if you were, you could just put your Mac to sleep at the end of the day, rather than shut­ting down. The dif­fer­ence be­tween off and asleep is less than 1W on a Mac mini, which will cost you about £1 a year. The fast boot times are a perk of in­stalling a solid-state drive (SSD), rather than the main jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. You’ll only feel the dif­fer­ence if your work in­volves open­ing and shut­ting a lot of ap­pli­ca­tions through­out the day, or switch­ing be­tween sev­eral very large doc­u­ments that are stored lo­cally (rather than ac­cessed over the net­work). An SSD will im­prove your qual­ity of life by mak­ing ev­ery­thing seem faster and more re­spon­sive, but the strict re­turn on in­vest­ment is hard to quan­tify. A 1TB SSD costs about £350, so you’ll prob­a­bly have to com­bine a smaller SSD with a tra­di­tional hard disk and that will make man­ag­ing and back­ing up your data a lit­tle more com­pli­cated.

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