Macbook 13" late 2008 SATA connection for SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tjwest, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. tjwest macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2017
    Hey guys, I'm looking to update my old as dirt 2008 13" Macbook (MacBook5,1 A1278) with a SSD.
    It has a SATA HDD now. Just need to now what SATA connections are compatible?
    I see there are like 3 different types of SATA for 2.5" when I browse retailers.

  2. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2016
    SATA 1 (1.5 GHz), SATA 2 (3GHz), and SATA 3 (6GHz) are all backwards compatible - the system will negotiate a speed supported by both the drive and computer. Your 2008 is probably SATA 2, so shop for a SATA 2 or SATA 3 drive, but don't pay a lot extra just to get SATA 3.
  3. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    I actually owned one of these from launch till 2014 when I passed it on to my brother's family (still using it). Anyway I've had an SSD in it since 2011 plus 8GB of RAM once a few updates to Snow Leopard came out that enabled it and it's been grand ever since.

    Any SSD will do, some of them using older Sandforce controllers only negotiated at 1.5 Gbps when combined with the Nvidia controller on the '08-'09 MacBook/MBP's so stay away from the older SSDNow drives.

    If you want something cheap and effective SanDisk has been selling 120GB drives for $59 and 240 for $85 for quite a while at BestBuy if you're in the US and have one around locally. Otherwise deals like that are quite normal and are available on Amazon, B&H Photo etc, no need for a higher end Samsung SSD unless you just want to.

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