have any of you updated your 2006 Macbook with SSD?

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They're not sketchy at all, they run fine and give a noticeable performance boost in that ancient Mac. I have a Samsung 850 EVO running in a 2006 MacBook and it runs great.
 
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They're not sketchy at all, they run fine and give a noticeable performance boost in that ancient Mac. I have a Samsung 850 EVO running in a 2006 MacBook and it runs great.
Thanks. Well what I meant was that some Macbook models didn't do too well with certain brands because of the Macbook's video card. I heard of cases where the SSD speed was affected by half in some cases.

This looks good.

http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-2-5-In...id=1435803204&sr=8-4&keywords=Samsung+850+EVO
 

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The SSD speed is going to be significantly crippled anyway because the 2006 MacBook uses SATA I, which is only capable of 150 MB/sec, which is much less than the 500-ish MB/sec current SSDs get. Regardless, it still noticeably speeds up the MacBook.

And yes, that's good ... like I said above I'm using that exact drive in a 2006 MacBook and it runs well.
 

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The SSD speed is going to be significantly crippled anyway because the 2006 MacBook uses SATA I, which is only capable of 150 MB/sec, which is much less than the 500-ish MB/sec current SSDs get. Regardless, it still noticeably speeds up the MacBook.

And yes, that's good ... like I said above I'm using that exact drive in a 2006 MacBook and it runs well.
Keep in mind that disk performance is measured in more ways that interface speeds. Yes, the maximum speed will be limited to 150MBps, which will constrain very large file transfers from what the disk is capable of. But for the most part people notice speed improvement due to an SSDs zero access latency. As stated above, you'll notice the difference across the board.
 

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Yeah ... no moving parts ... instant access times ... etc. make for a much speedier computer.
 

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Don't get a high end drive.


Get a used one even if you are low on budget, I have picked up several Kingston SSDs from eBay with low hours of use. Used a tool (Windows only demo) to look up life of the drive.

I have upgraded my early 2009 white MacBook several times...
Western Digital Blue
Western Digital Black
SSD
SSD (larger)

Each time I felt a nice speed boost.


Good luck.
Money well spent.
 

spatlese44

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My mother in law and I both have mid 2007 MBs. I upgraded hers with an SSD and can tell you it's considerably faster than mine. I would do my own, but I'm going to move on to a new machine to get a more recent OS soon. Mine has a 500 GB drive I put in it, but I messed up the rubber rails that guide it in, so if I want to change the drive again I have to take the whole thing apart and I don't want to do that again. I'm thinking MBA this time.
 

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Don't get a high end drive.


Get a used one even if you are low on budget, I have picked up several Kingston SSDs from eBay with low hours of use. Used a tool (Windows only demo) to look up life of the drive.

I have upgraded my early 2009 white MacBook several times...
Western Digital Blue
Western Digital Black
SSD
SSD (larger)

Each time I felt a nice speed boost.


Good luck.
Money well spent.
I would never recommend getting a used drive. That's like getting a used condom. And the "high end" drives aren't high end because they cost a lot. I'll take the reliability of a new 850 EVO over a used Kingston.
 

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The non retina has a battery life of 7 hours, does the ssd increase it much?
Slightly. SSDs use half the power of a conventional hard-drive, so there will be some impact. However the things using the most power will always be the CPU and graphics card, so improvements to battery life will very much depend on what you use your Mac for. :)
 
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