Best SSD drive for Early 2011 model Macbook Pro?

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  1. DubLogic19 macrumors member

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    As stated in my previous thread, I need to replace my drive. But as that problem is determined now, I just want recommendations on a new drive. I know I want a SSD. I've seen them range anywhere from 85$-$500 on Amazon and I can't really determine which one to buy. I want a minumum 1 TB, no exceptions. What's a good drive? :apple:
     
  2. airattack111 macrumors member

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    Probably the Samsung 850 1TB. I think they're around $600.

    I know you say no exceptions but.. why spend so much money on an SSD for an '11 model? You could always get a smaller SSD and use a big hard drive in place of the DVD drive or vice versa.

    If I was going to drop $600 on a storage device I would just order a brand new macbook pro instead.
     
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    Go for the Samsung 840 Pro either the 128GB or 250GB

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    And put a standard HHD in place of the DVD Drive

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    1tb hhd
     
  4. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    1TB SSD's are extremely expensive.

    Bear in mind you have a 2011 Mac which if a 15" or 17" will suffer from Radeongate at some point (the chips are crap), you'd be better saving money by buying either 1 TB spinning drive, or a smaller SSD and a larger HD (either external or in a caddy in the optical bay).

    I have a 1TB SSD in this rMBP because Apple specced it as a replacement for my Mid '12 (which I bought with a 512 GB SSD) under AppleCare. Were I buying, I would've got the 512 GB, and keep most data on my NAS. (I keep most of my data on my NAS anyway).
     
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    A new MacBook pro is way more than $600, so I don't see how that's reasonable, but I am also unaware that I could replace the DVD drive with a hard drive...how difficult would that be to perform?
     
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    Nothing, it is one of the most bought models. But you asked for the best, and the Samsung 850 is the best.
     
  9. DubLogic19, Nov 12, 2014
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    Well for the price the 840 series seems to be the way to go for me. I'm not completely interested in running dual drives, and the cost of a smaller SSD and a 1-2TB HHD is about the same as the 840 series 1 TB.

    UPDATE: I've decided to go with the 840 series 1TB Samsung. I just researched how to do the install/swap, and also how to activate TRIM on a 3rd party SSD. Anything else I should know about guys?
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    [[ I want a minumum 1 TB, no exceptions ]]

    Unless you absolutely need all that space, you'll be paying a hefty premium.

    Right now, the 240gb-480gb size factor represents the "value buy" in SSD's.

    If a large percentage of your storage needs are things like photos, videos, music -- an HDD (perhaps in an external case) will do just as well.
     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    You can not activate TRIM if you run Yosemite - At least not without tinkering with the system.
     
  12. airattack111 macrumors member

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    I realize that. It just seems like a lot of money to spend on an upgrade. You could probably sell the macbook for $800, save the $600, and put a huge down payment on a new retina.

    But if you plan on keeping the SSD later for maybe your at home PC, I don't see any issue. Otherwise I would just get a 256GB for roughly $120.
     
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    Right I saw that...I have the SSD installed with TRIM activated, staying on Mavericks for now until more light is shed on TRIM in Yosemite, does anyone here run a 3rd party SSD on Yosemite ?
     
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    What is done about TRIM?
     
  16. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Nothing, since Apple won't give us a way to enable it.
     
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    This is poo then :confused:
     
  18. Nails1 macrumors newbie

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    TRIM enabler will enable TRIM. But the KEXT security is disabled.
     
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    I read that. I don't fully understand the pros and cons of enabling TRIM to begin with, and also don't understand the danger of disabling KEXT. Would it be recommended to just run Yosemite without enabling TRIM?:apple:
     
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