Make your $2k investment outlive your student loans.
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If you have an older version that doesn’t come with a solid-state drive, GET ONE.
If you're on a tight budget and you're not concerned with speed or extending the life of your laptop, then keep the hard drive. But if you want something that will improve your laptop's performance, get a SSD. It also makes your laptop much more durable in case you ever drop it.
Avoid filling up your drive to full capacity.
Keep 5-10% of your drive free because when you fill it all the way up, your precious laptop slows down. After you run out of space, your drive has to keep re-writing and re-organizing new data, which is just frustrating and something your computer doesn't want to do. Keep your investment happy.
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Restore your laptop to its original state every year.
1) Backup your entire computer and also make sure to de-authorize any apps because after wiping everything out, your computer will be recognized as a **new** computer.
2) In order to install a clean version of the latest OS, make sure you have a bootable USB El Capitan install drive ready to use.
3) Insert your flash drive, reboot your Mac, select your flash drive, and select Disk Utilities under OS X Utilities.