Mid 2009 MBP, SanDisk SSD?

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  1. keith204 macrumors newbie

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    Newegg's got a 120gb SATA II SSD for $129 now. It only has 6 reviews, all at 5 star, but still...just 6 reviews.

    Any words of wisdom?
     
  2. neenja macrumors 6502

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    i have an early 2008 mbp, 4,1 and just saw this deal. use promo code "newcustomer10" to save an additional $10.

    $120 for 120gb ssd, sweetness.

    Wondering how these work on macs also. It is now sittin in my cart awaiting a trigger pull!
     
  3. Quinoky macrumors regular

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    It has an older generation Sandforce controller which is.. Well, not very good at all. Really, save yourself the trouble and get a Crucial M4 or a Samsung SSD 830.
     
  4. neenja macrumors 6502

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    yeah, ive heard awesome stuff about the samsung ssd 470, for us sata ll guys.
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Those are all very good reviews, with the only complaint being that it's to thin to fit without something else in one guy's computer. It's also pretty cheap (relatively), so it looks like a good buy.
     
  6. neenja macrumors 6502

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    quinoky, is it troublesome because of beachballs and hangups? or speeds arent up to par? i honestly dont care if its not SUPERIOR speeds, some people are a bit overly anal about that. going from a 5200rpm hd to a ssd is just good enough for me.
     
  7. neenja macrumors 6502

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    i pulled the trigger :)

    from what i read on another forum, the 2200 chipset was the one with all the issues. this one is the 1200 chipset.
     
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I have a 1200 Sandforce OCZ Vertex 2 it's not been a nightmare...people read and repeat...amazing..
     
  9. neenja macrumors 6502

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    germanychris, so youve had good experience so far yes?
     
  10. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Generally Sandisk is a good brand for flash memory '
     
  11. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Yes..it's fine...
     
  12. GenesisJLS macrumors regular

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    When you install it, tell us how it works out. I'm extremely interested in knowing. I'm probably going to buy a second hand early MBP and install an SSD to increase pep.
     
  13. neenja macrumors 6502

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    will do, just checked my tracking and the order is out for delivery
     
  14. neenja macrumors 6502

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    got my ssd today at work. waiting to get off in a couple hours to install the bad boy.

    im following the guide at ifixit to crack open my mbp and swap out the ssd.

    i recently ordered an optibay (pata-to-sata) to toss my current hdd in there for extra space for my files.

    is there anything else i will need to set-up after installing snow leopard back on? enable trim? any settings i need to change?

    thanks :)
     
  15. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    Trim is only available on Lion from what I have heard.

    Thats one of the reasons I've been hesitant to get an SSD, cause I don't want Lion just yet.

    My main desktop has an Intel 510 120gig SSD and its blazing, so I really want that speed for my laptop, but I am being patient for them to fix Lion up a little bit.
     
  16. neenja macrumors 6502

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    Currently sittin on my mini right now awaiting snow lep to install. Booted up the mbp after putting it back together, then at first I freaked out because I didnt see the ssd show up (only my external firewire partitions). Then I realized I havn't formatted it yet, har har har!

    Opened up disk utility, and formatted it and started the install. I decided to go the fresh install way, even though I did backup/cloned the hdd with superduper.

    Will report back as soon as install finishes :)

    I was going to wait til my optibay arrived so I can just do everything at once, but I'm just too eager.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    Let me know if you can use TRIM in Snow Lep, I was almost positive that functionality was Lion only...but congrats on the SSD
     
  18. neenja macrumors 6502

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    just booted into osx, so far so good. running the update right now.

    i went into sysprefs and did not see anything regarding trim.. but gonna see if it shows up after 10.6.8 update.

    I tried googling this particular model and couldnt find anything that mentioned trim..
     
  19. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah unfortunately I think Apple didn't add TRIM support to non-Apple SSD's til Lion, its quite unfortunate since Snow Leopard is way more stable than Lion in its current form.
     
  20. neenja macrumors 6502

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    running snow leopard 10.6.8, did the manual enable method and it worked :)

    so far, from the few restarts ive done after updating, it is blazing fast. gonna get ready to reinstall my apps now.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. fins831 macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats dude, now I am going to buy one of these next week when I get a paycheck, figure 120gig and 8 gigs of ram should futureproof my MBP for another 3-4 yrs...
     
  23. GenesisJLS macrumors regular

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    So happy for you. I'm totally going to purchase an early 2008 MBP now. I just need to get the capital for it. How's it running? What do you do with the machine?
     
  24. neenja macrumors 6502

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    Got it when it came out early 2008 and it has been running like a champ! Replaced the left fan last year (was easy to do following iFixit's guide). Threw in 6gb of ram and now the ssd.

    Its my primary machine so I do pretty much everything with it. Games (sadly not any of the brand new ones since it only has 256mb, but the games I do play, runs perfectly fine), photoshop, illustrator, video editing, music, movies etc etc.

    I would LOVE a new mbp, but I just dont have $2000+ laying around to use. This ssd upgrade makes my mbp feel brand new. I'll be happy with it for awhile longer :)
     
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