Macbook Pro 5.1 SSD upgrade - will this work?

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  1. ya1950 macrumors regular

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227777

    I have a late 2008 MBP 5.1 with 8 GB memory. I want to replace the standard HD with a SSD.

    1. From what I've read I need a SATA II. SATA III may not work or may run at below 3 GB. Correct?

    2. The price seems ok but is this a reasonable option for my setup? Any other suggestions?

    TIA to anyone who takes the time to answer.
     
  2. jonakun macrumors newbie

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    From what I understand SATA II and SATA III are backwards compatible, as I put a SATA II drive in my laptop and saw no problem even though it was an older laptop.
     
  3. ya1950 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. That increases my options. I think I'll go with the M4 then as I can still use it if I upgrade my machine. Thanks for your help.
     
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    For the money I think you can do better. Many people swear by the Crucial M4, but personally I'm a fan of the many SandForce-based offerings. Also, no discussion of SSDs would be complete without mentioning Samsung's highly acclaimed 830 SSD. I recently bought a Kingston HyperX SSD for my mid-2010 MacBook Pro and couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase. Any SATA II/SATA III SSD should work.
     
  5. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    This whole business with the sandforce chip issues, is that resolved? Or is Macbooks "immune"? I know sandforce have had its problems I just dont know the details around it or if its cleared up. :)
     
  6. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    It has supposedly been resolved for some months now. I for one have not experienced the issue in question, although I did have a slight amount of trouble getting OS X initially installed on my drive. That may have been a different issue, however. In any case, my computer has been absolutely reliable since then, with no issues to report whatsoever.
     
  7. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    Thats nice. Ive been contemplating the Intel 520 series, which is supposed to be a quality product, and here in sweden the 240gig is the same price'ish as samsung 830 and crucial m4's 256gigs...
     
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The 520 would be my first choice were I in the market for another drive. Go for it!
     
  9. ya1950 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to everyone for your help. I just ordered the M4 256GB from Amazon. I looked at the others mentioned here but this was the cheapest I could find. I'm looking forward to a faster machine!
     
  10. mpress macrumors newbie

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    @OP: Can you follow up and let us know how it goes? :)

    I went with the Intel 520 Cherryville for my MacBookPro5,1. Anyone thinking about it, do NOT waste your money. The 520 has serious issues with 5,1, at least with mine. :mad: See my saga here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1345986
     
  11. ya1950 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Still waiting for Amazon to ship. I went with the M4 because I read about problems with the Intel in the other thread. Crucial site shows this as comparable with the MBP 5.1. When I get it I'll report back but it may be some time because I'm traveling soon.
     

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