Installing SSD on mid 2009 MBP 13"

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  1. Radiating macrumors 65816

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    I'm helping a friend upgrade his mid 2009 MBP 13".

    To install a 256gb crucial m4 SSD, is it just plug and play with this trim enabler:

    http://www.groths.org/?page_id=322

    With the latest version of OS X? Or do you need something else?
     
  2. idunn macrumors 6502

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    Not exactly

    Plug and play? Well, not exactly.

    You'll also need two specific screwdrivers, one OO philips and the other torx. Also creating a bootable copy of the existing OSX, such as one on a flash drive, towards resuming with the SSD. There is detailed information on this forum regarding this, as well as helpful YouTube videos.

    My understanding that the Crucial M4 should work well with the third-party software Trim Enabler. Although expect that with OS updates you may have to reestablish TRIM.

    As often the case, the Devil is in the details. Yes, installing a SSD a fairly simple and welcome upgrade. Just know exactly what you'll be doing in advance.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can clone the existing drive with Carbon Copy Cloner. That would save the trouble of having to reinstall everything.
     
  4. el-John-o macrumors 65816

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    Has he bought the drive already?

    For something like $15 more you can get a 'kit' from Crucial that allows you to plug the SSD in via USB. Then you can use disk utility built into Mac OS and copy the drive over easy. Just select the new Crucial drive, format it, and then chose the 'restore' option, and select 'Macintosh HD' as the source. Give it some time to work, when it's finished, shut 'er down and swap the drives out! It'll boot right up where you left off. Then you can wipe the old drive and use it as a nice external!
     

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