Hi : ) !!! - SSD - Do you get it from Crucial or iFixit? - Cheaper alternatives?

igmolinav

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Hi,

I had an ibook G4 long time ago and I had a problem with the hard drive. I lost all
my information. I have also had an early 2011 13" MBP. Since day one, this MBP
was always very slow. I went to a technician three days ago and he said that it was
the HD. He also said that I shouldn't have taken for granted its slowness; under
warranty it could have been checked. He suggested me getting a new HD. I have
thought on getting a SSD, perhaps that is a much better option.

I have seen a SSD from ifixit for $125 and another for $400 usd
One is a 'hybrid drive' and the other is a 'pure' SSD, I guess.

The 1TB Hybrid for $110 usd
https://de.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/1-TB-SSD-Hybrid-2-5-Inch-Hard-Drive/IF107-122-2

The 1TB 'pure' SSD for $385 usd
https://de.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/1-TB-SSD/IF107-132-1

However, my budget is no more than $150 to replace the hard drive.
To my surprise the only thing I can get for less than $150 usd in ifixit is a
128 GB SSD! Could it get any cheaper from any other sources??
https://de.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/128-GB-SSD/IF107-123-2

I have looked at Crucial and it seems to me that they only handle at the
moment the 'hybrid' ones. It states that what they have now are only 'SATA's'
with internal SSD's.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd
The 480 GB goes for $130 usd.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ct480bx200ssd1

However what is the difference between the 'hybrid', (sata ones), and the 'pure' ones ??

Are there any other places to look for a cheaper SSD's?

Thank you in advance, very kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

JTToft

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The Ifixit prices are too high in this case.

The difference between hybrid drives and pure SSDs is that the hybrid ones are traditional hard drives with a bit of flash memory on them (typically 8-32 GB), while the pure SSD is, well, pure flash memory and thus equally fast across the entire capacity. The hybrid ones are designed to allocate the most used files to the SSD portion (OS and some apps, typically), while keeping less-frequently used data on the hard drive portion.

My advice would be to not bother with the hybrid options. They are a half-measure.

Crucial SSDs are excellent. The specific 480 GB one for $130 you linked to (which is a pure SSD, not hybrid) would be an excellent choice for a budget SSD. Drives with around that 500 GB capacity often sell for around that price, with the higher end ones at $150 and the lower end at $110.
Have a look at this Amazon search.
 
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Jozone

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I would keep your eyes pealed on the front page of www.slickdeals.net -- they will post SSD deals daily. We are starting to now see 1TB (pure SSD) drives that are < $250.
 

igmolinav

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Hello,

Thank you for the mega deal : ) !!!

Just a few questions with regard to it.
Just before check out I am being offered the following insurance, which one should I take?
a. Drops & Spills Coverage for SSD
b. Extended Replacement Plan for SSD
c. Data Recovery Service for Internal Hard Drives by DriveSavers

As I mentioned, the flash memory will be installed in an early 2011 13" MBP.
Will I need something like an adapter, so the size of this new SSD can fit properly
in the space that the hard drive will be leaving?

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

JTToft

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Just before check out I am being offered the following insurance, which one should I take?
- I'd say neither. Sounds like a waste. But it's up to you. The drive comes standard with a three year warranty.

Will I need something like an adapter, so the size of this new SSD can fit properly
in the space that the hard drive will be leaving?
- The SSD will fit perfectly in place of the existing hard drive. Here is an easy to follow replacement guide for your machine:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive+Replacement/5119
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you : ) !!!

I won't take any extra insurance!
The Samsung deal looks good too!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

Limey77

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I can definitely vouch for the Samsung 850 (although I got the pro), but a very solid drive. Excellent performance and totally reliable - a worthwhile investment. That with a RAM boost transformed my mbp.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your message : ) !!!
Is Samsung a much better SSD's than Sandisk??

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

JTToft

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Is Samsung a much better SSD's than Sandisk??
- Making such as general statement is a bit hard. Each company offers different classes of drives.
Between the two mentioned in this thread (SanDisk Ultra II and Samsung 850 EVO), there's no doubt the Samsung is better, but it's also more expensive.
And the Samsung 850 Pro is currently simply the best that exists, but it's overkill for most people.
 

Limey77

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Totally agree with the post above. I got the 850 Pro in a great sale.

I'm sure the 850, crucial's drives and even Sandisk's are pretty reliable these days. I was just adding my personal experience, plus the Samsungs come with a five year guarantee.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

I think I'll get one of each for two different computers.
The good thing is that in a year or so the prices should
decrease in case one may need more space in GB. The
five year warranty from Samsung makes it quite
attractive. The 1 TB SSD from Sandisk, sold by newegg
is sold out. Doing a google search, I still get it for $220.

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

Perihelion

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I got the Mushkin 1TB from Newegg for $280 CAD. The difference it made in my early 2011 MBP compared to the stock HDD is amazing.
 

duervo

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The Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD's carry a 10 year warranty. Longest warranty I've seen for an SSD so far.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!
I'll take a look at them!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

I am also looking at a 950 GB to 1TB SSD's !!!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!


P.D. The Mushkin runs now for $209, do you recommend it as well ??
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226596&cm_re=SSD_1TB-_-20-226-596-_-Product

Is there a major difference between the Sandisk Ultra II and ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=sandisk_ultra_II-_-20-173-013-_-Product

... and the Sandisk X400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...6267&cm_re=SSD_1TB-_-0D9-0006-000G8-_-Product

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 
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JTToft

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- No personal experience with either. But Anandtech recommends the Mushkin one, so that's good enough for me to also recommend it. Out of the SanDisk ones, I'd take the Ultra II (also recommended by Anandtech), if for no other reason than the fact that more information is available on it.
For performance, it's pretty much a toss-up between the Mushkin and Ultra II, with a slight edge to SanDisk. SanDisk also has the more established reputation and better vertical integration, so it'd be my pick.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your message : ) !!!
I think I'll go for the Sandisk Ultra,
although the The Mushkin seems
to be a good drive.

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

kschendel

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I've been running a Mushkin 1Tb in a Mac Pro (4,1) hard drive slot for a couple months now. No complaints, and at $210 it's a good value. (I paid $20 more.) For 3x the retail price of a 1 Tb WD Black I'm getting better than 3x the performance, mostly limited by the SATA II in the cMP.
 
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