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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Which SSD should I buy?

I am wanting to replacing my optical drive with an SSD in my 2008 iMac.

I've been reading a lot of reviews for different SSDs and these have been coming up a lot. The only thing I'm concerned about is reliability and lifespan. I need some help deciding which SSD to get out of these four choices:

Thank you
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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@Duardo, I hope you don't mind me asking here as well.
What SSD for a 2006 MacBook?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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I think....

a good measure of realibility is the MBTF (mean time between failure), a statistic what measures the time elapsed between inherent failures. In that case, the data I gather after a quick search are:

Samsung MBTF: 1,500,000 hours
Intel: 1,200,000 hours
OCZ: 2,000,000 hours
Kingston: 1,000,000 hours

So, one can infer from these data, you will best served with the OCZ one

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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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I would definitely pick the Samsung 830 series over the 840 series. The 830 has a proven reliability record and is better built. Everyone seems to agree that MLC memory (830) is better than the TLC memory that 840 uses. I just bought one for my macbook last week and absolutely love it. I went to amazon warehouse deals and got a 256gb 830 series for $175 shipped. Speeds are great and I really recommend it!


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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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I would definitely pick the Samsung 830 series over the 840 series. The 830 has a proven reliability record and is better built. Everyone seems to agree that MLC memory (830) is better than the TLC memory that 840 uses. I just bought one for my macbook last week and absolutely love it. I went to amazon warehouse deals and got a 256gb 830 series for $175 shipped. Speeds are great and I really recommend it!


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Is it possible to put an SSD drive inside the MBP or inside any other mac (Mac Pro,...)?
Where can i find more info on this, eventually with instructions how to install the sad?

Thanks.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:59 PM   #7
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Most SSDs now are of the 2.5 inch form factor which fits perfectly inside a mac mini or macbook pro. If you wan't to install that in a Mac Pro or another desktop then you will need a 3.5 inch adapter such as this one : (http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-3-5-Inch-A...ch+ssd+adapter)

Youtube has some great tutorials on how to install the drives. Check out OWC's channel.

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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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If you wan't to install that in a Mac Pro or another desktop then you will need a 3.5 inch adapter such as this one : (http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-3-5-Inch-A...ch+ssd+adapter)


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http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-In...30+ssd+desktop

Not sure about other SSDs, but Samsung has a desktop kit version that includes the adapter. May be more expensive than ala carte, but at least you'd expect the pieces to fit together.

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Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:10 AM   #9
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Is it possible to put an SSD drive inside the MBP or inside any other mac (Mac Pro,...)?
Where can i find more info on this, eventually with instructions how to install the sad?

Thanks.
Installing a SSD is fairly easy in a MBP as long you have the right tools. You can get the screw drivers from OWC for $5.

From what I've seen, the mini is more work.
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Do you need some kind of driver or it behaves like a "regular" hard disk?

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Is it possible to put an SSD drive inside the MBP or inside any other mac (Mac Pro,...)?
Where can i find more info on this, eventually with instructions how to install the sad?

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I am wanting to replacing my optical drive with an SSD in my 2008 iMac.

I've been reading a lot of reviews for different SSDs and these have been coming up a lot. The only thing I'm concerned about is reliability and lifespan. I need some help deciding which SSD to get out of these four choices:

Thank you
Why didn't you consider the OCZ Vertex 4. Schould be far better than the Agility.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:17 AM   #12
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Not trying to thread-jack but out of Intel, Samsung, OCZ, or Crucial which ones can be updated natively in OSX and which ones can not?

Which is the most user friendly?
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Looking at getting the Samsung 840 as its cheaper than the 830, any real reason to go for the 830 instead?
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