June 2009 MacBook Pro - Can it use 6Gbp/s SSDs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XX55XX, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. XX55XX macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    I am planning to upgrade my two year old machine (13-inch model, C2D, 9400M) to an SSD very soon, and I am wondering if Apple has fixed the beachball issue with 6Gbp/s SSDs on older MacBook Pros?

    If not, I'll buy an Intel 320 drive. I heard those are compatible.
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    2009 models have SATAII interface. Save yourself some money and grab that 320.
  3. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    SATA is backwards and forwards compatible, though you won't get the 6Gbps, it'll work
  4. XX55XX thread starter macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    Alright. Intel 320 it is, then. I'll wait until the beginning of the school year to buy my SSD, since I don't really use my MacBook very much until then.
  5. shosterman macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2011
    Hello all,

    I stumbled across this post as I had the exact same question about an upgrade for my wife and/or her brother (Both mid 2009 MBP). However, I have one additional question on usage.

    My question is, with my brother in law being a professional Illustrator and amateur photographer (Blender, Photoshop, etc.) and my wife as the basic Internet, office suite, iTunes, and iPhoto user. Which of the two would benefit more from an SSD? The workhorse or average user?

    Quick note, instead of stock drives they both have the 500GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive. (Am disappointed with the performance of those drives.)

    Lastly, looks to be a sale on the newer Intel 510. Newegg has the 320 at $240 and the 510 at $255 (after $30 rebate). So $15 for the newer model seems tempting. Rebate expires on July 9.

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