13 inch MBP SSD Questions!

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  1. iHalo macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    I want to buy a SSD for the holidays. For around 250-300, which would be best while offering at least 120 GB to 160 GB of storage? I have an Apple Repair place on campus that is authorized and will install it for $40, that will not void the warranty right?

    Thanks!
     
  2. zachsternelson macrumors newbie

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    No it wont void the warranty, I would check out the SSD offerings at macsales.com AND, why not install it yourself? it takes... 5 minutes.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Take a look at OCZ Vertex 2 or any other Sandforce SSDs.

    And replacing the HDD with an SSD or another HDD will not void the warranty, you can even do it yourself.
    I did do it with all my MBs and MBPs and they are still working.

    Installing MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Hard Drive Replacement

    And Free Porn can help you too.
     
  4. iHalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    My friend who works at the Apple Store said if it was not done by an authorized apple repair person they would void the warranty on my Macbook Pro?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    That's BS.

    Memory and hard drives are considered consumer replaceable components. If you break something during the install, that breakage won't be covered. The shear fact of having a non apple authorized person working on the computer won't void your warranty.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Page 37 of the USER GUIDE, that came with your MBP.
    If Apple gives instructions, how can it void the warranty? I can only void it if you damage anything in the process, that you can't replace.

    Btw, the use of "GB", "gb" and "gigabyte" in your signature is really confusing. It is either "GB" or "GigaByte".
     
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yeah... People at the Apple Store will tell you that just so you buy from them. Sometime I want to ask a question like that, then prove them wrong.
     
  8. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I agree that (1) the OP has made a good decision to upgrade to SSD and (2) changing out a drive on an MBP is not very hard. I had no idea how much flash storage would speed up operations until I got a new MBA with flash storage last month. Solid state storage is a game changer, it really is! Better yet, 128GB and smaller SSDs have finally become affordable.
     
  9. iHalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    On page 37, this applies to SSDs as well as Hard Drives? I referred my friend who is an Apple employee and he said it would void the warranty... I have a place on campus who will do it for $40, so it might just be worth it to do that. How difficult is it to reinstall everything?
     
  10. spinnerlys Guest

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    I applies to SSDs as well, as they share the same S-ATA interface with HDDs and even the same holes for those screws. As I wrote before, I replaced the HDDs on my MacBook and both of my MBPs without harming anything (except my wallet).

    In the following post is a link to a guide on how to replace an HDD in a 13" MBP, with pictures.

    Anyway, if you don't mind spending those 40 USD for 10 minutes of work, go ahead. I invested that money in an SSD and after thirty minutes I had one.
     
  11. perfectshadows macrumors member

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    bugger I just got my OCZ vertex 2,

    Do I need a torx screw driver on a mbp mid 2010 15"
     
  12. christophermdia macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, T6 Torx
     
  13. VictoriaStudent, Nov 17, 2010
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    just replaced by mid-2010 13" mbp HDD an OWC 60gb SSD. Put HDD in optic-drive bay, put SSD in HDD slot. I'm a tech-newb, and it was no sweat on my part to do it myself. Took <30 minutes. If you're reading this thread and have doubts, replace it yourself. The experience is worth the sweat & careful attention paying you have to do (all those damn small, black screws).

    btw: SSD is blazing fast. almost unbelievable. boot time is no more than a breath in and a breath out. Programs launch in a blink. :D
     
  14. iHalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does that work with the HDD in the Optic-Drive Bay?
     
  15. spinnerlys Guest

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    http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/
    via http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...5&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=1f30550277671ec0

    or
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=680228
    via http://www.google.com/cse?cx=011016...e:forums.macrumors.com&hl=en&as_qdr=all&meta=


    MRoogle is a good tool to search these fora for already existing threads about questions you have. It might be able to answer you quicker than waiting for an answer.
     
  16. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    I've installed a couple of SSD's now. What I've learned is there's only room for the SSD _or_ my wallet, not both... :)
     
  17. paddyhazard macrumors regular

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    Yes to do it properly but if you can't get hold of one, you can do it VERY CAREFULLY with a pair of needle nose pliers. As the screws protrude, you can clamp onto them and as they don't require a high torque to secure, you can undo and redo them with pliers. If you are careful, the worst you will do is scratch or dent the head of the screws which, if you need a warranty with apple, you could replace with some new screws.
     
  18. perfectshadows macrumors member

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    I got a torxdriver in the end jut reinstalling osx then gonna use time machine for apps:)
     
  19. iHalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    On a hard drive, you typically want some open space in order for it to run properly. Is the same the case on the SSD?
     

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