m.2 to SATA in 2012 macbook pro 13.3?

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  1. bf109k4 macrumors newbie

    bf109k4

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    Hi everyone,

    I got a good deal on a 13.3" Macbook Pro from 2012. It has the i5 3210M processor, the stock 500GB 5000rpm HDD, and the stock 4GB of 1600MHz ram.

    I am planning on upgrading both the hard drive and ram.
    I already have a 128GB M.2 drive at home, and I was thinking of buying a M.2 to SATA adapter and installing that inside the Macbook.

    For example, I was looking at this adapter:
    https://www.amazon.com/M-2-Converte...F8&qid=1523583298&sr=8-3&keywords=sata+to+m.2

    I have this 42mm M.2 drive:
    https://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD...&qid=1523583874&sr=1-4&keywords=m.2+128gb+ssd

    Has anyone done this before? Is it advisable? If it is possible, what are the performance comparisons between the M.2 drive and SATA SSD?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kingcr macrumors member

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    Haven’t done it, but those adaptors won’t attach nicely in the existing hdd bay. You’ll need to tape it in or find another bracket or something.

    That M.2 drive is a SATA drive and obviously the adaptor is to the Mac’s SATA connection. So M.2 is no advantage over a 2.5” SATA drive here.
     
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

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    I ran an mSATA to SATA adapter for a while in mine. Worked fine.
     
  4. bf109k4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for the advise. I will try the adapter with my M.2 drive.
     
  5. meboy macrumors regular

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    You won't get the m.2 speeds in a 2012 so I don't know why you wouldn't just buy sata for cheaper
     
  6. AuricBlue macrumors member

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    OP already has the M.2 SSD.
     
  7. duervo macrumors 68020

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    That depends. Is it an NVMe M.2, or a SATA3 M.2 SSD? If the former, it would be slower as it would be limited by the SATA connection to your system. If latter, then no difference.

    ... So, I looked at your Amazon link. You have a SATA3 M.2 SSD.
     

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