Solid state drive (SSD) technology is a big step towards that end.
The Macs we use every day are only as fast and dependable as their weakest component, and mechanical drives are a weakness that bring quicksand to our Macs. In most cases, once mechanical drives are replaced with SSD, the fast “fun-ness” begins.
Mechanical drives, or as I call them p.o.s drives ;), are slow and have moving parts that can’t wait to fail (it’s just a matter of time). Flash drives are fast, light, silent, dependable game changers.
Replacing mechanical drives with SSD breathes new life into older Macs too. I recommend this upgrade for any Mac, vintage 2008 or later. Older Macs (2008-2010) run 2-4 times faster using SSD while newer Macs (2011-2015) run 4-6 times faster.
Pictured: Some mechanical/ p.o.s drives we replaced recently. Each 2.5″ drive represents a MacBook, MacBook Pro or an iMac.