Affordable SSD to replace MacBook Pro 13-inch (June 2012)?

ronaldcastillo

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My cousin's MacBook Pro 13-inch hard drive failed today (flashing folder with question mark). Tried reinstalling OS X but the hard drive wouldn't show up. Looking to invest in a SSD (120-130 GB is good). Anyone know any affordable brands along with what tools I would need to replace the current HD to a SSD.
 

NZfly

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I can definitely recommend a crucial mx100 I stuck that in my old macbook and it made the thing absolutely fly.
 

ronaldcastillo

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I can definitely recommend a crucial mx100 I stuck that in my old macbook and it made the thing absolutely fly.
This SSD will replace the HD right? I notice there's a few that replace the optical drive as well. Does Crucial sell the screw drivers and tools I would need as we'll?
 

NZfly

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Yup it'll replace the regular hdd not the optical drive. I'm not sure about the screw drives but just go to any hardware store and grab a phillips #00 and a torn t6 it should only cost like 10 bucks :)
 

charlyham

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I like this SSD

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW
$118.99
Sold by Amazon.com LLC
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1409513826&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+evo

I use Husky Precision screwdrivers. One has slotted and phillips and another is torx. You can get them at Home Depot.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-8-IN-1-Phillips-and-Slotted-Screwdriver-Set-74501/100074336
Charly
 
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meson

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I just installed a Crucial MX100 256GB yesterday, and I am very impressed. It was money well spent.

The install is quick and easy. The tool kit with precision torx drivers that I ordered ended up being a cheap kit coming from China, and isn't due in for weeks yet, so I had to improvise. The improvisation is that the torx screw heads have hexagonal symmetry, so if you can find a small enough allen wrench/hex key, you can get by. I believe the size that fits well is 0.9mm.
 

T5BRICK

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Crucial and Samsung both make great drives. iFixit has tools and guides. It's fairly easy to do.
 

ronaldcastillo

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I notice Amazon sells the MX100 a little cheaper than Crucial.com. Can anyone suggest a website/place where I can buy the screwdriver and Torx 6 tool for a cheap price?
 

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Another vote for the MX100. If all you need is 128 GB (or any capacity, for that matter!), get it on Amazon! Currently it's only $75!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KFAGCUM/ref=redir_mdp_mobile#

I got this #00 driver and it works ok:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0053611PO/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=torx%20t6&qid=1405016800&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

I also bought this T6 driver and it worked great:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0053611PO/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=torx%20t6&qid=1405016800&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
 

ronaldcastillo

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Another vote for the MX100. If all you need is 128 GB (or any capacity, for that matter!), get it on Amazon! Currently it's only $75!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KFAGCUM/ref=redir_mdp_mobile#

I got this #00 driver and it works ok:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0053611PO/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=torx t6&qid=1405016800&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

I also bought this T6 driver and it worked great:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0053611PO/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=torx t6&qid=1405016800&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1


Are these all the things I would need to replace my dead HD to a SSD?
 

ronaldcastillo

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That is all that is needed to swap out the drives. After you install the SSD you can boot from a Time Machine backup disk where you should be able to format the SSD, reinstall OS X, and restore your files.
Thinking of just reinstalling a fresh version of OS X. All I would need is to partition the SSD to Mac then install OS X using a flash drive right?
 

MMcCraryNJ

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I would look at slightly bigger than 120GB. Trust me you don't expect to use it, but people do.
I'll second this...

I actually purchased my 2012 cMBP with a 128GB SSD from Apple...and I have to constantly delete files to keep more than 10GB free on this drive. Going to look into getting a 500GB 840 EVO when the prices drop just a little further.
 

NZfly

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Hey just a further bit of help If it's a 2012 macbook pro then you should be able to install OS X from internet recovery swell if you wanted to that's what I done and it was nice and easy.
 

alphaod

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Samsung 840 EVO.

I had upgraded a friend's 2010 MacBook Pro to 8GB of RAM and a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO and it was a worlds difference. So even if the computer isn't broken, an SSD is a worthy upgrade.
 

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Ended up going with the Samsung 840 Evo ($118.99 at Best Buy). Ordered the screwdrivers from macsales.com but anyone know what store I may be able to get them locally?
 

meson

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The 00 Phillips you can find anywhere. A cheap set of precision screwdrivers will have it. The torx driver will be tougher. It's a crap shoot with larger cain stores, but if you have a local mom and pop hardware store, odds are good they have some laying around. If not, check a tool shop like Fastenal Supply.

Also, a small hex key will work, I believe it was an 0.9mm hex key that did it for me.

Enjoy your "new" mac.
 

556fmjoe

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The 00 Phillips you can find anywhere. A cheap set of precision screwdrivers will have it. The torx driver will be tougher. It's a crap shoot with larger cain stores, but if you have a local mom and pop hardware store, odds are good they have some laying around. If not, check a tool shop like Fastenal Supply.

Also, a small hex key will work, I believe it was an 0.9mm hex key that did it for me.

Enjoy your "new" mac.
Gun shops that sell gunsmithing supplies often will have T6 torx drivers/bits too.
 

ronaldcastillo

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I ended up installing the SSD into my cousin's MacBook Pro (followed all the steps on iFixIT, but somewhat the SSD isn't showing up in Disk Utility when I boot from Mavericks USB. Help!?