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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Question Which SSD for MBP? Samsung or Crucial?

Hello, after much debate whether to get a MBA or MBP with ssd I've come to these questions...

Which SSD would be the better choice?
Both 512GB, both about the same price:

Samsung: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Crucial: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER



Also on a side note, both come with an installation kit, I'm assuming the CD and cord will allow me to just plug in the harddrive when I receive it and will copy the harddrive in the MBP to the SSD? It will be a fresh start on the MBP, I'm not transfering any files onto it or recovering, its my first mac.
If anyone has a link with instructions on what to do BEFORE installing the SSD (Recovery disk? Cloning? Partitions?) it would be very helpful.

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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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I would go with Samsung since they are faster drives.

And about the side note, I dont remember any of them coming with a cable.
You have to buy your own 2.5in enclosure to transfer data.

Are you want to fresh install or just put everything on there?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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Apple chose Samsung...
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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I would go with Samsung since they are faster drives.

And about the side note, I dont remember any of them coming with a cable.
You have to buy your own 2.5in enclosure to transfer data.

Are you want to fresh install or just put everything on there?
just clone it using super duper, you should be fine, make sure you highlight the
start up disk when everything is done.
apple menu > system preference > startup disk.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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I would go with Samsung since they are faster drives.

And about the side note, I dont remember any of them coming with a cable.
You have to buy your own 2.5in enclosure to transfer data.

Are you want to fresh install or just put everything on there?
Well it says it comes with a SATA to USB cord so you can clone your HDD to the new SSD (at least I think thats whats its for). So I would need something else too?

And I mean that it will be a new MBP with no files of mine on it, so I do not need to recover or anything like that first (if it makes a difference)
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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Eh, get the best deal you can find on either. If it were even money, samsung would probably be the better choice.

Unless you're doing a lot of disk intensive work, you probably wouldn't be able to tell a difference between the two.

People have been seemingly posting more with crucial drive issues lately. Thankfully, I've escaped that so far.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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Samsung for me - love my Samsung 830 256GB (Would have purchased a M4 but got a steal of a deal)
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:17 PM   #8
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I bought this one:

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology...ref=pd_sim_e_2

Toms Hardware claims it's faster than the 840 pro, so I'm going to give it a shot.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:37 PM   #9
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I'll go with Samsung...

BTW, it's cheaper here: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive, 530MB/s Read and 330MB/s Write Speed You just missed a sale, yesterday they had it for $310
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:38 PM   #10
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Assuming you have a 2011 or 2012 MBP, go with the Samsung 840, it has faster write speeds. If you have an older model, you'll be limited to SATA II speeds, so it doesn't matter as much.

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And about the side note, I dont remember any of them coming with a cable.
You have to buy your own 2.5in enclosure to transfer data.
The notebook kits come with a SATA to USB cable for data migration.
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I'll go with Samsung...

BTW, it's cheaper here: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive, 530MB/s Read and 330MB/s Write Speed You just missed a sale, yesterday they had it for $310
People around here hate on OCZ - I enjoyed my OCZ Vertex 3 MAX - since upgraded.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 04:52 PM   #12
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People around here hate on OCZ - I enjoyed my OCZ Vertex 3 MAX - since upgraded.
Oh are they the one with the new design compared to the old one?
Its the USB cable with sata end correct?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:17 PM   #13
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Is the Samsung 830 also faster than the Crucial M4? Or is just the Samsung 840 faster?
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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Samsung.

Both the 830 and 840 series are faster than the Crucial, not just the 830 and 840 Pro.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:40 PM   #15
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Samsung unless your MBP doesn't have SATA III, if that's the case, whichever one is least expensive.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:52 PM   #16
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500GB Samsung 840 is going for $320. To see the lower price "Add to cart"

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ries_2_5_.html
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 03:30 AM   #17
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 05:06 PM   #18
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Crucial choice!

Nyuck nyuck... I went with the Crucial 256... I read reviews and at least on Amazoon, 4.5 of 5 stars out of 1200+ reviews is pretty impressive; the Samsung got the same, but with a lot fewer reviews... The Samsung specs are a little better, 50mb/s or so. Same 3 year warranty for both. I went with leading, not bleeding, edge. Sigh... the Sammy might have been the better choice. YMMV. I have another one here to run externally with my iMac 27" (if it ever gets here...). I could always turn that back for a Samsung.

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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:34 PM   #19
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I read reviews and at least on Amazoon, 4.5 of 5 stars out of 1200+ reviews is pretty impressive; the Samsung got the same, but with a lot fewer reviews...
It might have to do with Crucial m4 series being available for sale since March/April 2011, whereas Samsung 840 only since November 2012
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 12:56 AM   #20
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I went with two Crucial M4's in a RAID 0 configuration. Running about 920MB/s (around 8gbps). Pretty stinking quick! (That's RAID 0 though). Like others, Crucial being around longer seemed more 'proven' and so many SSD's are hit and miss, being rushed out the door with the latest and greatest features and speeds and capacities, but failing months later with an alarming number of users. The Samsung could turn out to be solid, or it could turn out to be a dog. At least we know, so far, the Crucial drives seem to be holding up. Everyone once in a while I see a review of an M4 failing, but not many. We shall see.

In the end though, I think the speed difference between the two in real world benchmarks (not advertised speed) is negligible, though the tip goes to Samsung. I don't think you can go wrong either way, that's just what I did.
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I chose the Crucial M4.

Crucial M4 uses MLC, Samsung 840 uses TLC. TLC long term is an unknown. And they should be charging less per GB.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6337/s...0-250gb-review

I'm not in a race where if I lose by a couple seconds I lost period, and don't get to kiss the girl on the podium. My thinking is I'm not going to really notice the difference in speed.

So I chose Crucial because they support updating the firmware in Macs.

The software Samsung uses to update your firmware runs in Windows only. For some, no big deal.

I don't want to disconnect my SDD and go find a Windows box to do an update.

And, Frankly, I don't want to support a company that doesn't respect me as a customer.

Crucial is the consumer face of Micron Technology, an American company.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micron_Technology
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