Flash storage question?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gil888, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. gil888 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2014
    hello guys, I got a mackbook pro with 128GB SSD and I would like to extend.
    I was told it would be a lot cheaper to buy the memory stick I want (512GB) and replace it myself or in a lab.

    My question is, is there any difference between the SSD according to PC or Mac?
    Because I want to purchase the SAMSUNG PRO type, and Im not sure if theres a different type for macbooks.

    Thanks ahaed
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    You can't switch it out unless it's from another Mac. You're essentially stuck with the 128 GB. Some people got second hand SSD's from eBay. You can try there.
  3. gil888 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2014
    what do you mean?

    I was told its possible but I gotta pass on the disc insert :eek:
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Which macbook pro?

    Is it a retina?? What year is it??

    Any retina macbook pro late 2013 onwards has a proprietry SSD connection and tehre are NO aftermarket products for them. If someone told you differently then they lied.
  5. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Litovel, Czech Republic

    You will need to find an SSD from another Macbook Pro - so possibly Craiglist, eBay - there are no aftermarket products as the connections are not the same.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its possible, but since no one is selling them commercially you cannot go and buy them. You'll need to buy used SSDs off ebay if you wish to upgrade your storage.
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    What everyone has said is true if you have a Retina MacBook Pro.

    If you have an older non-Retina model, though, you can quite easily upgrade your SSD. Then the Samsung 850 Pro is an excellent choice!
  8. gil888 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2014
    My mackbook isnt the new retina type, I bought it 3 years ago so its from the old version.

    but my question is this, is there a different type of samsung SSD for mac or its the same type of SSD for everytype?
  9. Brittw1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    Nope they are all the same. I recommend the Samsung evo.
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    They're all the same.

    So any SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD will do.

    I highly recommend Samsung's offerings.
  11. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    My bad. I just assumed you had a retina one.

    I'd recommend a samsung one from amazon.

    Make sure to shop around though. You should be able to get a steal.

    And also buy it on an AMEX card if you can. It doubles the warranty automatically.

    I believe almost all AMEX cards come with this service at no additional cost.
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    Any modern SSD will do you fine. Samsung make great SSD's but the crucial MX series often just shades them on price and has a few less firmware issues...
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    AFAIK, I think it's only the Platinum and Centurion ones.
  14. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - I believe it's all of them. But isn't it only 1 year extra and only for warranties of 5 years or less? In that case, it would have no impact on the Samsung 850 Pro's 10 year warranty, but would add 1 year to the 850 EVO's 5 years.

    To the OP, here is some literature on the 850 Pro and 850 EVO. They are both excellent choices, and Anandtech has the following to say about the Pro:
    And as others have said, there are no specific PC or Mac SSDs. Any SATA SSD will work in your MacBook Pro.
  15. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Amex isn't the only card company to do this anymore. My Discover does it, as do my Chase Visa and a Citi-backed card (I believe), all at no additional cost.
  16. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    OP: Newegg was selling 960gb Crucial M4 drives in their news letter yesterday or the day before for $299. That's pretty good IMO. I put 256gb Crucial M4 drives in all of my team's workstations when we got them 2-3 years ago. I've also got a 512gb in my home workstation that I've used for a year or two. Have had no problems and performance is stellar.

    Amex extended warranty on my card adds a year on top of the manufacturer's warranty. It doesn't "double" it unless the manufacturer only has a 1 year warranty.

    My Amex Blue Cash card has it. I've used it several times.

    Yep. Most quality credit cards offer a similar service.
  17. Agent-P, Apr 1, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015

    Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I recently (maybe ~3 months ago) installed a Samsung 850 Evo SSD in my sister's 2012 cMBP and it runs perfectly. I did quite a bit of research before choosing that one. I had it narrowed down between that and the Crucial MX100 and ultimately went with the Samsung because via rebate it was ending up cheaper. I would recommend Newegg.com as I have gotten many good deals on computer components from them in the past.

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