Mid 2007 MBP Hard Drive Upgrade Question

legaleye3000

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Hi - if I want to put a SSD in there, do I just search for a 2.5 ssd sata? Do I need anything other than the HD, such as a new HD cable, etc.? Thanks.
 

Samuelsan2001

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You will not get great speeds out of that computer as it is limited by the SATA 1 interface it will of course be better than an HDD but will top out on sustained read/writes at about 175-200MB/sec. For that resaon I would recommend you buy the cheapest SSD you can in the size you need you will not get the full benefits of any modern SSD so cheap is good.
The BX100 crucial series should work well and is a good bang for your buck but on an old computer like that you might consider a lightly used sata 2 SSD to save money.
 

legaleye3000

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You will not get great speeds out of that computer as it is limited by the SATA 1 interface it will of course be better than an HDD but will top out on sustained read/writes at about 175-200MB/sec. For that resaon I would recommend you buy the cheapest SSD you can in the size you need you will not get the full benefits of any modern SSD so cheap is good.
The BX100 crucial series should work well and is a good bang for your buck but on an old computer like that you might consider a lightly used sata 2 SSD to save money.
Would it be better to go with a 7200 rpm hd? Would the ssd be much faster then? Also, the ssd may provide better battery.... Just wondering if there's a big cost difference...
 

Samuelsan2001

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Would it be better to go with a 7200 rpm hd? Would the ssd be much faster then? Also, the ssd may provide better battery.... Just wondering if there's a big cost difference...
It's not so big a cost difference anymore and yes the random I/O speeds on the SSD will spank the HDD all over the place for boot times, app opening and smooth use.

a 1 TB HDD is about $50

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=7200rpm+HDD

which is a lot less than a 1TB ssd but once you get down to 512Gb or 256Gb the differences are much less.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=1TB+SSD&rh=i:aps,k:1TB+SSD

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=512Gb+SSD+BX100&rh=i:aps,k:512Gb+SSD+BX100

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=256Gb+SSD+BX100&rh=i:aps,k:256Gb+SSD+BX100
 

legaleye3000

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It's not so big a cost difference anymore and yes the random I/O speeds on the SSD will spank the HDD all over the place for boot times, app opening and smooth use.

a 1 TB HDD is about $50

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=7200rpm+HDD

which is a lot less than a 1TB ssd but once you get down to 512Gb or 256Gb the differences are much less.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=1TB+SSD&rh=i:aps,k:1TB+SSD

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=512Gb+SSD+BX100&rh=i:aps,k:512Gb+SSD+BX100

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=256Gb+SSD+BX100&rh=i:aps,k:256Gb+SSD+BX100
Thanks for the response. Would you happen to know what kind of ram I should get? It currently has 2gb and I want to bump to 4gb. Thanks again.