i should have done this last weekend!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johnhurley, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    New macbook pro 13 as of 2 weeks ago. Started with base model and changed to 8 gb of ram. Upgraded base hard drive to WD scorpio 750 gb 7200 rpm.

    System ran really nicely.

    Changed out the scorpio for a Samsung 470 128 gb SSD. Not a lot of storage space really but put into 2 partitions including 55 gb for a win 7 bootcamp.

    The system just flies now! I did enable the trim support ( see notes by Grant Pannell http://digitaldj.net/2011/07/21/trim-enabler-for-lion/ ).

    Probably going to take out eventually the DVD drive and put the WD Scorpio in as a second hard drive. Use the SSD for the operating systems and program files and keep data on second drive.

    About 15 seconds to get into Lion from a shutdown state.
  2. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I did the same two upgrades in my 09 MBP a couple weeks ago. Best $250 I ever spent on a notebook.

    Next step is also to replace the ODD with a second HDD for media... although carrying an external is not a big deal for the time being. :)
  3. Ole'schooliBook macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    This is the main upgrade I'd like for my 2011, 2.2 Ghz, 15" MacBook Pro. The processor and graphics are phenomenal; the HD is the only bottleneck. Can't wait for flash memory prices to drop! Hopefully this time next year, a 512 gb drive (or larger) will be affordable (<=$200).
  4. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    I've got the 2.2 15" i7 mbp with the factory optioned 128gb ssd and a 750gb 7200rpm drive in the optibay enclosure. iTunes, and downloads go to the 750gb, swell as all my logic projects. Highly recommend this setup, the 15" smokes anything thrown at it like this
  5. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    base model good too?
  6. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    I imagine it would still be pretty sweet but the .2ghz and graphics card are worth it i reckon
  7. swedefish macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2008
    I'm about to order a MBP 15 with the standard HD with the hope that i can replace the hdd with a 500 GB flash within two years. $200 would be reasonable.
  8. ExcelonGT macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    Are you running SL or Lion? I thought Lion had built in TRIM support..so no need to do anything? Am i missing something?
  9. johnhurley thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    While Lion supports it apparently the config that apple delivers only supports it "out of the box" on the Apple sold drives ( whatever manufacturer that is ).

    There are a bunch of SSD drives that work well with TRIM enabled ... so the trick is turning it on for those.

    I picked the Samsung 470 128 gb ... supposedly one of the top choices for few problems and good performance.
  10. tahoeroscoe, Sep 11, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011

    tahoeroscoe macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
  11. bad1550 macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
    Do you notice if your batter life increases with the SSD?

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