Buying an SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shortys408, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. shortys408 macrumors regular

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    Someone on craigslist was selling a fully loaded alienware laptop with 2 samsung 256gb ssd drives in it. I talked to the guy for a little and got the price down to 200$ for it. Is there anything I should check for on these drives? do these work well with the 2010 MBP?
     
  2. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    $200 for what exactly? Those drives are worth at least $800-$1000 a piece.
     
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  5. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Somethings definitely wrong if he's letting those drives go for $200 a piece.
     
  6. shortys408 thread starter macrumors regular

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    what would i check for? if i met up with him and he shows me his laptop with a functioning SSD drive in it?
     
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    Is it Hot?
     
  8. shortys408 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Let me get this straight, you're paying $200 for two 256GB SSDs? Drives worth at least $800 a piece.
     
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  11. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a definite scam to me; or the drives have a lot of use on them and aren't worth your time. Either way, $200 for a 256GB SSD sounds extremely fishy.
     
  12. shortys408 thread starter macrumors regular

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    theres no way to check how much its been used or anything? this is what I am trying to find out.
     
  13. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Not unless you saw the SSD in a system and ran tests on it.
     
  14. shortys408 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will see it in a system. its in the alienware laptop.
     
  15. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Download and use an HDD benchmarking tool.

    -AS SSD
    -CrystalDiskMark
    -HD Tune
     
  16. shortys408 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanx, how long does it take to run the tests?
     
  17. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Depends, shouldn't take that long though.
     
  18. whalebiologist macrumors newbie

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    If you are seriously considering this then you deserve to get scammed. Really.
     
  19. deus ex machina macrumors regular

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    Samsungs are available on the cheap, but that seems a bit low.

    I installed a new Samsung 256GB SSD last night (360 USD Ebay). Definitely adds a snap.

    What is the best disk benchmark available on the Mac?
     
  20. BobbyCarbn macrumors regular

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    I use DiskTester from Mac Performance Guide: http://macperformanceguide.com/

    There is also a wealth of information around SSDs on that site. Worth reading and is why I purchased their software. When I see someone invest so much time benchmarking, testing and writing up reviews I like to support them!
     
  21. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Let us know how the purchase goes.

    Can't wait for SSDs to drop to a more consumer-priced level. One with at least 256 MB.
     

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