looking for good ssd for macbook pro 13 inch mid 2012

LeoWeis

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Hi,



So I'm just looking forward upgrading my macbook pro and I was looking for a new SSD(500gb sounds good), it shouldn't be too expensive but still good. Can my macbook pro 13 inch mid 2012 support both a 3gb/s and a 6gb/s SSD or only a 3gb/s?



I was also thinking about getting rid of my optical drive and putting my old mac hardrive in that slot if that is possible?



Thanks for any answers.
 

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Your laptop supports SATA III 6Gb/s.

I recommend the Crucial MX 300 525GB.

You may replace the optical drive with a hard drive or another solid state drive.
 
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LeoWeis

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I was also wondering how I get all my staff from my hardriver over to my ssd?
 

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I was also thinking about getting rid of my optical drive and putting my old mac hardrive in that slot if that is possible?
It's possible.
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDAMBS0GB/

But the max supported in the optical bay is 3Gb/s.
And if you ever plan to do a Bootcamp installation of Windows you might want to think twice.
Normal Bootcamp installs are no longer possible after removing the optical drive.
 

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Ohh ok and is there a big difference between 3gb/s and 6gb/s?
- Yes, one is twice as fast as the other.

But you shouldn't get the Samsung 750 EVO you linked to. The Crucial MX300 is superior and also cheaper.
If you want something better, Samsung 850 EVO is a good option, but it also comes with a price jump.

But the max supported in the optical bay is 3Gb/s.
- 2012 models have SATA III 6 Gbps in both bays.
 

LeoWeis

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- Yes, one is twice as fast as the other.

But you shouldn't get the Samsung 750 EVO you linked to. The Crucial MX300 is superior and also cheaper.
If you want something better, Samsung 850 EVO is a good option, but it also comes with a price jump.


- 2012 models have SATA III 6 Gbps in both bays.
Thanks so much for your answer.

Do you know if I use bootcamp to get windows on my mac that it will run more fluent/better than If I run windows on a virtual machine? (Virtual box)?
 

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Thanks so much for your answer.

Do you know if I use bootcamp to get windows on my mac that it will run more fluent/better than If I run windows on a virtual machine? (Virtual box)?
- You're welcome.

Other things equal, it will run better in Boot Camp, yes. Certainly better than in VirtualBox.
 

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So this is the one I could get right: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-2-5-Inch-MZ-75E500B/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1476269020&sr=1-2&keywords=Samsung+850+EVO+6gb/s

But I've just realized that the one I mentioned in this post has only a Hardware Connectivity of 3gb/s and not 6, is that a big disadvantage?
Yes it's half of the sequential read write limits of the 6gb/s, maxing out around 255mb/s as compared to 565mb/s ish for the 6gb/s. It'll still be a lot faster in many things but when moving or copying big files it will take 2x as long.
 

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So this is the one I could get right: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-2-5-Inch-MZ-75E500B/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1476269020&sr=1-2&keywords=Samsung+850+EVO+6gb/s

But I've just realized that the one I mentioned in this post has only a Hardware Connectivity of 3gb/s and not 6, is that a big disadvantage?
- Yes, that is one of the options.

- Every SSD and machine in this thread has SATA III 6 Gbps. There is nothing with SATA II 3 Gbps.
SSDs with SATA II aren't sold any longer.

so you all reckon this is the one I should get right?: https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX300-525GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B01IAGSD68/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8&th=1

I was also wondering if someone knows where I can buy a cheap screwdriver hdd to ssd upgrade kit?

Thanks so far for all the helpful answers!
- Samsung 850 EVO or Crucial MX300 depending on how much you want to spend. Both are excellent, but the Samsung has the higher performance.

Screwdrivers are available in any hardware store. Phillips #00 and Torx T6.
 
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LeoWeis

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Thanks for all the answers so far!

So just to be sure I get the right things, is that what I need to upgrade my HDD to a SSD on my Macbook Pro 13inch Mid 2012?
 

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So just to be sure I get the right things, is that what I need to upgrade my HDD to a SSD on my Macbook Pro 13inch Mid 2012?
- That would work, yes.

If you want to just do a direct transfer of everything from the old drive to the new, do this:

Install new Crucial SSD into Anker enclosure. Connect via USB. Format the drive appropriately. Download Carbon Copy Cloner. Set it to clone the internal HDD to the external SSD (expect a few hours time for it) and be sure to select 'yes' when it prompts you to clone the Recovery partition. Once done, reboot the machine while holding down ALT and choose to boot from your external SSD. Once that's verified to work, do the actual HDD/SSD swap in the machine.

That leaves everything on the new SSD exactly as on the old HDD.
 

LeoWeis

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- That would work, yes.

If you want to just do a direct transfer of everything from the old drive to the new, do this:

Install new Crucial SSD into Anker enclosure. Connect via USB. Format the drive appropriately. Download Carbon Copy Cloner. Set it to clone the internal HDD to the external SSD (expect a few hours time for it) and be sure to select 'yes' when it prompts you to clone the Recovery partition. Once done, reboot the machine while holding down ALT and choose to boot from your external SSD. Once that's verified to work, do the actual HDD/SSD swap in the machine.

That leaves everything on the new SSD exactly as on the old HDD.

Thanks heaps!
 
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LeoWeis

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I really cant decide if I wanna buy the samsung 850 evo or the crucial mx300... Is the 40dollars worth getting the samsung one or should I just go with the crucial?..
 

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I really cant decide if I wanna buy the samsung 850 evo or the crucial mx300... Is the 40dollars worth getting the samsung one or should I just go with the crucial?..
- Depends on how much $40 is worth to you. I would get the Samsung mainly because I've been a user of different models of their SSDs for several years and know them to be excellent. But Crucial has a stellar reputation, too.
The Samsung is objectively faster but it's debatable whether you would feel the difference.
 

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If you haven't bought yet theres a used 850 EVO in the Marketplace right now.
You might not have access to it so I'll give the seller a heads-up and he might contact you.