Looking for a cheap/reliable SSD this holiday season

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tydog07, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Where can I find a cheaper, but reliable SSD before new years? I missed the Tiger Direct $100 for 256GB SSD yesterday and it made me upset. I realize that I probably won't find a deal like that again, but there has to be something out there similar in price.

    I'll be using it in a caddy/optical bay setup with the MBP listed in my signature. Which brings me to my next question, how hard is it to switch over the OS (and necessary apps) to the SSD?


    Someone, please help this poor, ramen-noodle eating college student.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    price the Samsung 830s, the price has come down its a great drive for OSX
     
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    I would recommend Samsung 830/840 or Crucial m4.

    Check - Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, etc.
     
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    I agree with what the posters above me said, and add that the intel 330 is the same basic drive as the 520, but with a 3 year warranty instead of 5. This is due to the slightly inferior flash memory, but it is intel certified flash, and their drives are known for longevity.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    You can get a 180gb Intel 330 SSD from Micro Center or Tiger Direct for less than $100.
     
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    The M4 does well in reviews and prices are usually a bit better than the samsung 830. I've used the 256 and the 512 and have been very pleased.
     
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    scored the 240GB 330 at 139$..pretty good deal
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Where can I get that deal?
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    newegg

    See here

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    Yeah..plus the AnandTech review clearly stated that reliability and longevity should not be a concern for the normal consumer in the case of the 330.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you guys think of this deal on Amazon's website today? Is the Agility 4 a solid/reliable drive?


    It's 128GB/$70

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZWVCOY?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


    Otherwise, I may get that intel drive, I have more faith in an intel drive then the other one, and it's not that much more considering it's $140.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can I use a optical bay caddy with my orginal apple 500GB hard-drive?

    Where should buy my caddy and what features/specs does it need to have? Do they come with the nessasary tools to take the bottom Al cover off my MBP and to remove the opti-bay?
     
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    Where can I find cheap tools to do this, I cannot seem to find the ones I used for my ram upgrade?
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    Go to this site http://eshop.macsales.com/ and you should be able to find what your looking for. The caddy they sell is pretty good and it's what I use. I use a Samsung 840 pro ssd as well and it's pretty nice.
     

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