Aftermarket SSD for Unibody MBP

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  1. jwkitche macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone installed an aftermarket SSD on the new MacBook Pro? Particularly any drives larger than the 128 offered by Apple.

    Thoughts on drive brand, any issues, and where to purchase would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Yeah it works. It's like any other HDD.

    I'm confused on how it's a nightmare?
     
  4. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Intel SSD is money well spent.

    Beware older jmicron controllers.

    Make sure it is what you want/need. :D
     
  5. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Having to find a 5mm drive, otherwise it won't fit... I'd say that's a little annoying.
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, now I am confused.

    I thought that the MBP could use a 9.5mm drive (and the old ones I believe 12.5mm).
     
  7. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    You are thinking of the MBA. OP is using MBP. Not a nightmare. EZPZ
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I'm thinking about buying the X25-M, which is pretty much the fastest ssd out there forthe price.

    I don't mind the 72 MB/s write since it will be about the same, actually since it can constantly maintain that speed it is much better than any conventional hdds out there.

    But the read speed is crazy fast and that's the benefit that I really want. But the only problems that the x25-m has with MacBook pros is that you cannot install windows via bootcamp atm.
     
  9. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    There's no such thing as a 5mm drive. What's needed is a 9.5mm high drive. All of the SSDs I've seen are this height.

    The current OCZ SSDs use a controller that has problems. They are bringing out a new Vertex line which is supposed to have a fixed controller and up to 250GB capacity. It's not available yet but might be in January. Also due soon are bigger capacity drives from Samsung and Toshiba as well as a 160GB Intel X-25 drive.
     
  10. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    The 5mm is for 1.8" drives.
     
  11. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Intel is price dropping soon so I'd wait a little. They also just came out with a 160gb version of the X25M.
     
  12. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    A MacBook Pro (which this forum is about) doesn't use 1.8" drives, it only uses 2.5" drives.
     
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Yea, I decided to wait until Q1 of 2009 and pick one up nearly half the price. :D
     
  14. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    No, you said there was no such thing, I was just correcting you by saying it applies to 1.8" drives..
     
  15. eleven59 macrumors regular

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    curious

    so is it just as simple as open macbook, unplug HD, plug in SSD??
     
  16. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    On the macbook, yes. Make sure to format it in 4k blocks or whatever size it should be else it effects performance a lot.
     
  17. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

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    Toshiba's releasing 512GB 2.5" SSDs Q1 2009, and they boast 200MB/s sustained read/write speed. They will be expensive like hell and probably won't be as fast as they say, but still interesting to see how they'll do in the MBP.
     
  18. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Concur.

    Considering that the largest 2.5 inch HD on the market is 500GB, these will probably be popular if the cost is reasonable.

    Of course the 2.5 inch HDs will probably be getting a storage capacity upgrade in 2009.
     

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