I never got around to writing a post about the Toyota Prius that I purchased last October. Perhaps I will do so eventually. Now, however, I am writing about a different sort of hybrid. Unfortunately, it’s probably a much less interesting type. It’s a hybrid laptop hard drive, which amounts to a normal laptop hard drive with a bit of SSD thrown in for performance advantages. Wow, I’m already bored with this topic just writing it, so if you want the details, have a look at what Wayne wrote about it earlier this year.
The primary differences between my story and Wayne’s are:
- I only paid $100 for the drive. (Score!)
- I put it in my MacBook Pro rather than a Windows system. (Duh!)
- I did absolutely no performance testing. (Um…)
As you may or may not know, the hard drive in a MacBook Pro is not considered an upgradeable part by Apple, and certainly not a user-serviceable part. The procedure for disassembling and reassembling the laptop is far from trivial, though certainly not brain surgery. Using thorough instructions obtained from
the Internet a very special resource I use, it took me about 40 minutes to perform the procedure.
Wow, I ended up writing about it again. I thought I was done with that. On a more interesting note, here’s a picture of my first hybrid:And, just for the heck of it, here’s a graph of my mileage so far (courtesy of the Road Trip App on my iPhone):
The low outlier is, I think, a result of either a heavy headwind or some bad gas, or both.
I’m heading to D.C. this weekend for #NoVACon2011!