Resolved MacBook 5,2 (Mid-2009) SSD Story

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  1. slooksterPSV macrumors 68040

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    Hello all. I purchase an SSD for one of my computers and put it in my MacBook. It’s a 128Gb drive and I’m using the standard partitioning scheme. It is a difference between day and night. It’s so fast even being limited on SATA that I’m planning on keeping it in my MacBook. I mean 20 sec to boot apps are almost instant for opening etc. I highly recommend getting an SSD for your hardware :)
     
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    I would echo this - I put an SSD in both a 2008 MacBook and a 2010 MacBook Pro and they’re almost like new machines. Highly recommended!
     
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    Not much of a story so here I go with more detail. I had the original 120GB drive in the system and my read writes were about 10-12 MB/s I put in a 500GB HDD and the speed went up quite a bit. About 50-70MB/s. Good but not great. Apps still took a long time to load. We’re talking 7-10 bounces. So I would use my Mac in instances of homework light YouTube and light browsing. I put in the SSD, I don’t have hangs no wheels spinning and apps open on the first couple of bounces I can run Xcode without waiting 10 min for it to load and a few seconds between typing. The HDD did kind of tank the performance. The ssd dang I can type move around quick etc. it’s so super fast 128GB is perfect for the machine
     
  4. EugW macrumors 603

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    Heheh. Welcome to 7 years ago, for my 2009 MacBookPro5,5. ;)

    Seriously though, the sequential speed isn't the issue here. The issue is the latency.
     
  5. slooksterPSV thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I always thought most Mac systems had it figured out where the keyboard and typing wasn’t hindered by hard disk activity. Guess I was wrong. That was the biggest issue. Type three words and wait 10 seconds for them to appear. Haha
     
  6. Retromac2008 macrumors regular

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    my gf did the same mb 2009 with samsung 250gb.
    she said the same
     
  7. AL1630 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 1TB HD in my early '09, I can't decide whether I'd like more speed or more storage.:p It seems to be pretty snappy, so I guess if the drive ever slows down or dies I'll put in an SSD.
     
  8. Jack Neill macrumors 6502

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    I have 10.13.3 running nicely on my Early 09 MB. 240 SSD 8Gb Ram. If I remember right I bought a PNY SSD to avoid issues with being limited to Sata 1 because of the Sandforce and Nvidia conflict.
     
  9. Project Alice macrumors 6502a

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    I put an SSHD hybrid drive in my 5,2. I do with I would've gone with an SSD mainly because my windows dual boot is always painfully slow as I don't use it often. But OS X sure does fly!

    Also I should mention that I did put a 128gb SSD into an iBook G4. It's an msata in a msata to ide adapter. Its pretty fast too from what it normally would be lol
     
  10. Jack Neill macrumors 6502

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    I hated taking those iBooks and PowerBooks apart to change drives..
     
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    Oh it's absolutely terrible. I spent less time putting the logic board from my 5,2 2009 into a 2008 black MacBook case than I did swapping drives in that G4.
     

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