I need a review on a ssd before purchasing

jye0325

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Dec 31, 2011
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Hi guys, I recently bought a MBP and I want to upgrade it to a ssd. Theres a deal on Newegg 180gb SSD by OCZ for $120.

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OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-180G 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I have read reviews about OCZ drives and some of them weren't that very convincing for me to buy. Can I get some insight on this drive from your own experience, if you have used it, or do you recommend me buying it or not? And would I need to buy a 3.5" tray to upgrade my MBP with this 2.5" SSD or no?
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I don't have experiences with the Agility series, I have two Vertex SSDs though, one Vertex 2 in my 2007 iMac and one Vertex 3 in my 2009 MBP and they have been running without problems for quite some time.

As for the 3.5" adapter, MBPs use 2.5" S-ATA HDDs, thus no adapter is needed.

MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

the guide includes:
  • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
  • 1. Getting a new HDD
  • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
  • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
  • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


 

jye0325

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Dec 31, 2011
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After reading your guides, I am little bit confused. I have to backup my HDD before upgrading to a SSD? And can't I just plug in my SSD into my MacBook Pro and then install Mountain Lion from a USB
I don't have experiences with the Agility series, I have two Vertex SSDs though, one Vertex 2 in my 2007 iMac and one Vertex 3 in my 2009 MBP and they have been running without problems for quite some time.

As for the 3.5" adapter, MBPs use 2.5" S-ATA HDDs, thus no adapter is needed.

MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

the guide includes:
  • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
  • 1. Getting a new HDD
  • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
  • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
  • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


 
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After reading your guides, I am little bit confused. I have to backup my HDD before upgrading to a SSD? And can't I just plug in my SSD into my MacBook Pro and then install Mountain Lion from a USB
No need to backup, you can just do what you want. I just included the backup steps for people, who do backups. If you have important data, you should back it up, HDDs and SSDs CAN fail.
 

jye0325

macrumors newbie
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Dec 31, 2011
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After reading the reviews on AnandTech and Amazon, I feel like I should forfeit the extra 60gb and go with a samsung 830 or a sandisk extreme instead!
You can always read the reviews for it on Newegg or Amazon or Anandtech ;)
And oh okay. If I place in the SSD and boot up the MacBook, does cmd +r still work so I can download the Mountain Lion since I don't have a big enough flash drive?

No need to backup, you can just do what you want. I just included the backup steps for people, who do backups. If you have important data, you should back it up, HDDs and SSDs CAN fail.