Compatible SSD with Macbook pro Early 2011

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  1. keviin55, Dec 28, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2015

    keviin55 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2015
    I have a macbook pro early 2011. I updated the RAM to 10 GB and want to change to an SSD. First question is, is there a big difference when using an SSD in an alod macbook pro ? Beacause a read something about the slots/cables are not so fast in old macs and the ssd's performance will not be used at 100% .
    I found this SSDs for a very good prices :

    Sandisk Solid State Drive SDSSDA-240G-G25
    Crucial Solid State Drive CT240BX200SSD1 240 GB
    OCZ Solid State Drive TRN100-25SAT3-240G 240 GB

    Are there compatible with my mac and with one shall I take ?
    Thanks and merry christmas :)
  2. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    That's a perfectly standard SSD and will transform your Macbook. It won't be as fast as the SSD used in post-2012 Macbooks, but whether you, me, or anyone else could tell the difference in normal use is another matter.
  3. jaggunothing macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2008
    Bangalore, India
  4. treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    There have been several threads (going on at the same time) about putting an SSD in MBP's of this vintage.

    OWC says:

    Testing has demonstrated that Apple factory hardware does not reliably support a 6G (6Gb/s) Solid State Drive or Hard Disk Drive in the optical bay of 2011 MacBook Pros (ModeI ID8,1; 8,2; 8,3). If your OWC Data Doubler bundle comes with a 6G drive, you should ONLY install that drive in the main drive bay and utilize the Data Doubler to re-task your existing drive or install a new 3G SSD or HDD in the optical bay. PRE-2011 models can utilize a 6G drive in the optical bay, but will do so at a reduced 3G (3Gb/s) speed.

    So if you just need one SSD and you put it in where the HDD is, you're OK.

    But wait ... I wrote this recently in

    People have reported issues with the NVidia MCP79 SATA chips in this MBP and certain SSD's. To find out if the computer has this chip, press the Apple Logo in the left top corner, press "About This Mac", press "System Report", select "SATA" from the left dock under the Hardware heading. The name of the SATA chip should appear in the top middle portion of the window. If the MBP has the NVidia chip, you'll have to select an SSD that does not have problems with this chip. This involves some research on the web. There was a thread recently about a person who got a OCZ Trion for Christmas - unfortunately, it's one of the drives that don't work well with the NVidia chip.

    So - if you have the NVidia chip, don't get the Trion.

    Cables can be a problem. If it doesn't work, you'll need to get a new one. Hard to say until you try it out.

    If you find a SSD that work's nicely in your MBP, report back so others can benefit from your experience.
  5. ifrit05 macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2013
    Near Detroit, MI. USA
    I have the same model MBP and I can confirm the Samsung 850 Evo SSD work great. Just make sure you enable trim by either using the Terminal (El Capitan) or by using an app (Yosemite and below, using TrimEnabler, etc.)
  6. treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    Just make sure it's the 850 Evo NOT NOT NOT the 840 Evo. There have been reported problems with the 840 Evo and the NVidia MCP79.
  7. keviin55 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2015
    I ordered the Crucial BX200 240 GB. I will let you know!
  8. treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    You can visit the Crucial web site to make sure they list the BX200 as being a compatible upgrade (the 13" model was). They're usually pretty good at listing what computer systems are compatible with their products.
  9. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2013
    I just put a 1TB Samsung 850 Evo in my Early 2011 MBP and it works great

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