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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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SSD Question

My friend is getting a new Solid State drive because his current 60GB one isn't really big enough for his needs. I've been in the market for an SSD for awhile now to try and speed up my old macbook so I asked if he would give me his old drive. Since he has no use for it he said sure which is great because I don't really have the money. While 60GB is small I mostly use my iMac now so I think I can manage as long as I move my iPhoto library and stuff.

Anyway, before we go through with the transfer and everything I wanted to see if anyone knew whether or not the drive would even work. I don't know the EXACT model but it's made by G-Skill and uses the SandForce controller. It's similar to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231613

I believe the only difference is the speeds between that model and his. In any case I ask because I know people usually suggest Crucial M4 drives or Intel SSD's for macs because they don't work well with SandForce controllers. Is this true? If so, what happens?

It's free so I'm willing to try regardless but if it's going to completely not work it doesn't seem like I should take the time and effort required to switch my computer over.

Any help with the above question would be GREATLY appreciated.

Edit: Removed question about external enclosure. It'll be easier to have one and if it doesn't work I'll find a use for it anyway so I ordered one off newegg.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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My friend is getting a new Solid State drive because his current 60GB one isn't really big enough for his needs. I've been in the market for an SSD for awhile now to try and speed up my old macbook so I asked if he would give me his old drive. Since he has no use for it he said sure which is great because I don't really have the money. While 60GB is small I mostly use my iMac now so I think I can manage as long as I move my iPhoto library and stuff.

Anyway, before we go through with the transfer and everything I wanted to see if anyone knew whether or not the drive would even work. I don't know the EXACT model but it's made by G-Skill and uses the SandForce controller. It's similar to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231613

I believe the only difference is the speeds between that model and his. In any case I ask because I know people usually suggest Crucial M4 drives or Intel SSD's for macs because they don't work well with SandForce controllers. Is this true? If so, what happens?

It's free so I'm willing to try regardless but if it's going to completely not work it doesn't seem like I should take the time and effort required to switch my computer over.

Any help with the above question would be GREATLY appreciated.

Edit: Removed question about external enclosure. It'll be easier to have one and if it doesn't work I'll find a use for it anyway so I ordered one off newegg.
Had a 60Gb Sandforce based SSD in my G4, now my Mac Mini and it's being fine. Sped everything up no end on my old Mac, a little juggling of your documents and music etc... to another drive and it runs perfectly as a superfast boot drive. Going back to a 7200 or 5400rpm drive feels like it takes an age to do the slightest thing after using an SSD as your system drive!
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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Had a 60Gb Sandforce based SSD in my G4, now my Mac Mini and it's being fine. Sped everything up no end on my old Mac, a little juggling of your documents and music etc... to another drive and it runs perfectly as a superfast boot drive. Going back to a 7200 or 5400rpm drive feels like it takes an age to do the slightest thing after using an SSD as your system drive!
haha hopefully my 5 year old macbook doesn't end up feeling faster than my 1 year old iMac or I'll end up wanting to rip it apart and put an SSD in.

In any case, am I right to assume the process of a clean install is easy? I've heard this is best for SSD's. I'm just going to format the SSD (which will be in an external enclosure), re-download the Lion installer (can't get ML on my macbook unfortunately), run it and set the destination to the SSD. Once that's done I'll restart holding option to make sure it boots fine then just swap the drives (SSD internal, HDD into enclosure) and drag the stuff I want over.
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once you go ssd...

you never go back...
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Choose Samsung 830 (but not 840) or 840 pro.
I use 256GB Samsung 830 series and it is super fine with my MB Pro 5.1.
I also use older Samsung 64GB 470 series in my mac mini 2.1. Also happy user. I also believe apple uses SSD's from Samsung, as native ones. Not quite shure thou.
Once you'll try SSD you will never choose hard drive!
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Choose Samsung 830 (but not 840) or 840 pro.
I use 256GB Samsung 830 series and it is super fine with my MB Pro 5.1.
I also use older Samsung 64GB 470 series in my mac mini 2.1. Also happy user. I also believe apple uses SSD's from Samsung, as native ones. Not quite shure thou.
Once you'll try SSD you will never choose hard drive!
I have no choice in the SSD. I don't have money to buy my own (would likely be a Crucial M4 if I could) and he's willing to give me his old one for free so I can't complain.
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