Late 2009 Macbook - SSD Hard drive?

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  1. MagicHAM macrumors regular

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    I am looking at upgrading my hard drive in my Late 2009 MacBook that i have. It currently runs Mac OS X Mavericks, would an SSD card be supported in this version of the macbook?

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  2. Maydon0z macrumors newbie

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    Yes, and it would really speed up your Macbook :cool: Look at iFixit for guides on how to replace your harddrive. You can search the forum here for guides on how to clone your existing harddrive to the newly installed SSD.
     
  3. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    With a 2009 model, you're limited by the speed of the SATA connector. Yours are 3Gb/s. Newer models are 6Gb/s.

    This didn't matter with hard drives, since those things are slow. But most SSDs can read data faster than your Mac's SATA connector can receive it.

    What does this mean? Well, you'll notice a big speed boost, but not as big as someone with faster SATA connectors. And it's not worth paying the price premium for an SSD with faster read speeds: you won't see any benefit over "normal" SSDs.

    Stick a Samsung Evo in there. That's what I did with my 2012 MacBook Pro.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    An SSD will work fine in that computer. Something to note is that it won't run at full speed due to the SATA II chipset in that machine. That being said, it will be worlds better than the hard drive in it now.
     
  5. cypriot macrumors regular

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    Beware of kingston ssds for this model. It works in sata 1 speed.
     
  6. MPclk2006 macrumors regular

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    I have a mid 2009 macbook, now that I have a "newer" macbook pro I am debating whether to keep it or sell it, if I keep it I would like to upgrade to an SSD as well, any recommendations?
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The Samsung 840 Evo is very affordable and is a solid SSD! It looks, works, and performs great! I have a 120 GB model in my cMBP and it was well worth the money.
     
  8. MPclk2006 macrumors regular

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    I searched it on Amazon, it is not expensive either, I think the 250GB goes for $130 or so.
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    They are some of the cheapest Samsung drives. I go with Samsung after reading mixed reports on all of the other brands (model A is great, model B is atrocious, etc.). I never really read a bad Samsung SSD review, even from most critics. They are also very affordable even compared to other brands.
     
  10. drumvoodoo macrumors newbie

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    I installed an OWC Mercury Electra and went to 8G of memory and it's like I bought a brand new macbook pro. Everything happens instantly on my late 2008 macbook 2.4 core duo. Best money I've ever spent on a laptop.
     
  11. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    And also PNY XLR8 ones. They refuse working on SATAII.
     

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