Is this Drive Compatible with my Early 2009 Macbook?

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  1. Habitat, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013

    Habitat macrumors newbie

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    #1
    This might seem like a really amateur question but I'll ask it anyways.

    I have an early 2009 15" Macbook Pro (or is it late 2008) - the one without the SD Card Slot w/ Snow Leopard...and it's starting to run slow.

    I want to put this SSD Drive in there - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NHAF3I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2TC87EJKQMY9O

    - is this hard drive going to be compatible with my laptop?

    and then I want to upgrade it to Mountain Lion (fresh new setup). What is the best way to do that considering I don't have the Snow Leopard disks anymore?

    I'll be trying to install to a blank hard drive..

    Thanks for the help guys
     
  2. GammaRayToaster macrumors newbie

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    Quick googling confirmed your MacBook doesn't have sata 3, so the drive seems a bit overkill. The maximum bandwidth of your MacBook is considerably lower than the of your desired SSD. You could save a few bucks with an "older" model and still reach comparable acceleration. You might want to look for a sata 2 drive. Anyway the drive should work fine. At least the 840 does well in a 15 inch MBP from 2011.

    As for installing: I prefer the USB Stick method. In case you bought Mountain Lion in the AppStore you can download it and copy it over to a flash drive.
     

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