How easy will it be to add a SSD to the new 17" Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NJRonbo, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    I think I will be purchasing the 17" MBP in the next week.

    The price that Apple wants for a SSD is outrageous, however
    to honest, I have no idea how expensive the solid state drives
    really are.

    At some point, I want to replace the 500GB drive with a 500GB
    SSD.

    How easy will it be for a novice like me to do it? I was able
    to replace a drive on my older 15" MBP but it was not SSD.

    Also, am I correct in assuming that because of the 300 SATA
    that the SSD will work better in the 17" than the 15"?

    Also, what are the prices of aftermarket SSD these days? Are
    they even in the 500GB capacity yet?

    Thanks as always!
     
  2. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    It's a piece of cake. Unscrew bottom, unscrew the HDD, and install the SSD. There's tons of guides online.

    There's no good 500 GB SSD available right now besides a mediocre Toshiba.

    BTW, all your questions are easily answered by a google search ;)
     
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Unprocessed,

    Thanks for the advice.

    I run my own forum very similar to this one (Home Theater).

    For that reason, I would rather post a message on a forum
    rather than do my own research because generally, you get
    a lot of different and interesting perspectives from members
    that you don't get from simple research.

    It's my nature to go to the message boards first. This particular
    one is amongst my favorites.
     
  4. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

    Unprocessed1

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    Np. Replacing the HD is a piece of cake. Just take your time, and it will take no more than 10 minutes. It's actually fairly self-explanatory when you open it up. You need to have 2 specific screw drivers, but I cant recall which ones they are
     
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Unprocessed,

    I think one is called a Tork or Torc. Bought a cheap set from
    RadioShack for my last HD change.

    You may know more about this than I do....

    What are 500GB SSD drives right now? How long do you think
    they will be cheap enough that they will be about the same price
    as their counterparts?
     

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