Macbook 2007 SSD Installed

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  1. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

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    Macbook 2007 2.2GHz stock 1 gig ram,snow leopard install...replaced stock 250 gig hd,with OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive....

    What a difference! Boot times from 33 sec down to 20 sec...programs open right away...it's like a whole new macbook. I will upgrade ram to 4 gig's and install lion in time...but for now..Wow!

    I used Carbon Copy to clone drive using Mediasonic Slimbox 2.5IN SATA HDD External Hard Drive Enclosure USB3.0 Black...

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    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61050&vpn=AGT3-25SAT3-60G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1060
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70986&vpn=H21-SU3&manufacture=Mediasonic&promoid=1060
    http://www.bombich.com/download.html

    total cost was $74.98
     
  2. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I can't believe the difference...i ran geekbench with stock 250 drive and posted a score of 1834 (which seemed low compared to others with same specs...perhaps a drive going bad?)....now just ran geekbench with ssd...3116!
     
  3. saggel macrumors regular

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    So you went to SATA3 with no problems? That's good to know...!!!
    Why don't you add the old drive in the place of the DVD?
     
  4. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes sata 3 no problems in the macbook...as for replacing the dvd,i have no plans (i have a fair # on dvd's i like to watch)...using the stock 250 drive in the external hard drive enclosure i bought,as a extra drive as needed....

    ps: read these tips for using ssd within osx...tryed a few with np's

    http://poller.se/2010/08/optimizing-mac-os-x-for-ssd-drives/
     
  5. conorm19147 macrumors newbie

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    Sounds great! Been thinking of doing the same thing with my 2008 BlackBook and glad it makes such a noticeable difference
     
  6. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    conorm you won't regret money spent..it's only been one day so far,but i can't believe the difference it makes...here is my geekbench score (with stock 1 gig ram only...planning on 4 gig's when $ allows)

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/728115
     
  7. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    Definitively worth it, makes the old tired Macbook feel like it's both found the Fountain of Youth and started exercising regularly.
     
  8. StuLax18 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely go with 4GB RAM. I did a couple months ago and don't know why I waited so long. I usually have about 2.6GB of active RAM, and only had 2GB before haha. :eek:

    I think it was about $50 at Fry's.
     
  9. aawil macrumors 6502a

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    I'm contemplating doing the same thing with mine. I bought a late 07 new and never really used it. They don't seem to be going for much so I might pop a ssd in it and get some use out of it. It has a whole 16 battery cycles on it.
     
  10. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    update: read somewhere about ssd's and doing a zero format and clean install for best performance...so did just that (didn't really have any must have items on restore image anyways)...well it's minor,but boot time is even a tad faster (19.47 sec...and same always) while i can't really notice any difference with apps as they all load in under a sec (ff,safari,itune,photo booth ect are all instant and can load lots without any difference in loading...and my min 1 gig ram doesn't seem to matter at all)...

    now this macbook is even faster then friends 2010 15' mbp (other then gaming with my intel gpu bottleneck)
     
  11. j0ester macrumors member

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    SSD area highly worth it. They are better than 10k RPM HDD's. Low energy, high response time. Just NEVER DEFRAG on a SSD. This can lower SSD life times.
     

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