Best SSD For Macbook Pro (or most popular)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PhixionFilms, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
    I am looking at buying the Crucial M4 512gb SSD and was wondering if this is fully compatible for the MBP. I use an early 2011 13" MBP with 2.3 GHz. Does anyone have a similar setup with the same SSD? Have you had any problems? I am going to be installing this as my main drive and my 1tb HDD on an optibay.
    Also does anyone have any good guides on how I would essentially copy my current (320gbhhd) onto the SSD? Thanks
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Backup your current drive using time machine, preferably using an external HD as the backup. After installing Lion onto the SSD, restore it from time machine.
    Here is a useful link:

    Crucial is a very popular brand and will work just fine.
  3. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I'm always surprised at how many people just want to clone their old drives. It's a bit more work but I love being able to clear out all the junk that's built up on my drive and start fresh with a new one.

    But yes, the m4 is a solid drive and will work well for you, I installed one in my old iMac and it made a huge difference in performance.
  4. PhixionFilms thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
    How would I install lion, would I be able to use the disk that came with my mbp? Or would i have to buy a new license?
  5. The Tuck macrumors 6502

    The Tuck

    Jun 8, 2003
    I've purchased this same SSD and I agree with fig. I'm going to do a complete clean install then copy back the data / Library files I need. Gives me a good chance to clear out junk that's accumulated.

  6. Cat5e macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    You'll have to create the USB install stick before reinstalling Lion but you won't need to purchase a new license for it.
  7. Steve2311 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Best SSD for MBP

    I put the Crucial m4 512 GB in my MBP recently and I couldn't be happier. I have a time capsule that backs up my machine, so I just installed the OS X from USB and then restored my previous build from the TC. You'll be amazed at the speed improvement. I had no idea that there was such a bottle neck with the HD before. Here are a ton more reviews from people in your same situation:

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