non-Apple SSD's that work 100% for Macs & Macbooks

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  1. jalyst, Feb 22, 2014
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    jalyst macrumors regular

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    i.e. 3rd-party & not officially sanctioned by Apple, is there a list maintained somewhere?

    Right now I'm interested in my late 09' Mac Mini & the range of current SSD's that work fine with it.
    But later I may upgrade some other Macs/Macbooks...

    Thank-you.
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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    The Mac mini uses a SATA connection, which is an industry standard - therefore, any SATA SSD drive should work with it. Stick with a quality brand like Samsung and you should be fine.
     
  3. jalyst, Feb 22, 2014
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    Supposedly UEFI's broken & not properly maintained/supported for anything beyond standard Sandforce fw, at least for that Mac.
    Read this entire thread... Best performing SSD out there nowadays for Mac Mini?

    Also, some Macs/MacBooks from around that time use the Nv MCP79 ATA controller (SATA I & II only), supposedly it has issues negotiating down to SATA II for SATA III drives & instead drops them to SATA I, that's the case for at least one SSD I've read about so far (Sandisk Extreme).
     
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    Get a Samsung 840 EVO and turn on trim enabler. You trim enabler with any non Apple SSD.
     
  6. jalyst, Feb 22, 2014
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    Why? I don't need the "most uber" performer, it's not like it's a new machine.
    Sandisk Extreme II looks like the most interesting...
    It's near or at the top in most metrics (except or a few), but not priced like that.
    Plus it has a 5yr warranty, I'm just not sure if it'll work 100% fine on the MCP79.
     
  7. jalyst, Feb 23, 2014
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    Placed an order on Amazon for the Extreme II, be mighty annoyed if it doesn't work but there's a dearth of info anywhere.
    Called Sandisk & they can't help as their SSD experts are only available from 8am-2pm AEST, supposedly they'll call tomorrow or maybe later today.
    At least Amazon usually has a pretty generous return policy, even for us Aussies...
    When it comes to SATA III, the Extreme II's at (or very near) the top overall performance-wise, despite that price is still very decent.
    It's overkill for ~90% of usage on that machine, but that machine will be sold this year & the drive salvaged.
    The other thing that worries me is that it uses an odd form-factor, it's quite a bit smaller than standard 2.5" & even with the spacer it's loose in some Macs/MacBooks.
    But my machine's not a MacBook so it's not like it's being moved around much, if at all...
     
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    Please review this sticky. SSD Buying Guide

    Since this thread is redundant, in that its discussing the same topic, I'll be closing it.
     
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