recommend a SSD upgrade?

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  1. RonShort, Jul 1, 2012
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    RonShort macrumors member

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    What would you recommend for my mid 2010 15 MBP?

    I am thinking about in the neighborhood of a 512gb and moving my existing 1TB drive either external or to the superdrive bay.
     

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  2. user418, Jul 1, 2012
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    Check out the Samsung 830. It's one of the fastest, most reliable SSD's on the market at present. It's fast, reliable, and a big improvement over the stock drive. It's a SATA III drive but should be backward compatible with your SATA II MBP. I'm sure others will chime in with their personal favorites. Check out the Samsung 830 thread to see what MR members have to say.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1286166

    Prices on SSD's have dropped a lot recently so I would definitely shop around for a good deal. Check out Newegg, Amazon, and B&H Photo. They all have good customer service and return policies.
     
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    How can I tell which SATA mine is?
     
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    About This Mac>More Info>System Report>Serial ATA>Intel Chipset. From there look at the link speed in the bottom pane.

    I edited my post to recommend the Samsung 830 as it should be backward compatible. You could also use it in a newer SATA III MBP later if you upgraded. Sorry for the confusion.

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    There's also a neat app in the APP store called Mactracker. It gives you specs on just about every MAC.
     
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    Samsung's great but frustrating to manage firmware updates without access to Windows. That's worth keeping in mind. I also read on a few occasions that their software is necessary to enable some features but I'm not certain that's fact.
     
  7. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, SATA II
     
  8. esskay macrumors 6502

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    I've been monitoring Slickdeals and in just the past week, there were numerous front page SSD deals. Prices keep falling... I'm going to bite one of these days!

    Question - If you buy an SSD and move the original drive over the opti-bay, say to a Data Doubler, do you need to buy any additional brackets/parts/etc to install it?
     
  9. user418, Jul 2, 2012
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    I'm only familiar with the OWC Data Doubler. It works straight out the box but is a bit expensive. Many have found cheaper models on eBay. Some required minor adjustments and some didn't. Don't have much info or experience with any of those though. Here's a link for several.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=mbp+hdd+caddy&_sacat=0&_odkw=hdd+caddy&_osacat=0&_from=R40
     

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