Replacing HDD in MBP (early 2011)

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  1. walt disney macrumors newbie

    walt disney

    Nov 23, 2012
    Hi, I am looking into buying MBP (early 2011). I'd like to buy an SSD and use it as a primary drive (it currently has a 320GB HDD). What I don't know since I've never owned any sort of Apple device besides the iPhone, can I just go to the electronics store and buy whichever SSD, or do MBPs have some restrictions here? I heard that this could be troublesome, but I am just not sure.

    thx :D
  2. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
  3. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    The early 2011 uses SATA 3 (6.0 Gbps) so virtually every modern SATA SSD should work well. I've used SSDs from Samsung, Crucial, Intel, Kingston, SanDisk, Western Digital, and Adata in early 2011s, and all function fine at the full 6.0 Gbps when installed in the main HDD bay.

    The Early 2011 13-inches are tanks that run forever and then some. If you are considering a 15-inch early 2011, you may want to consider something else because Apple failed miserably on their implementation of how the GPU functions & was soldered, and as a result they drop like flies. The mid-2012 15-inch Unibody is a much better option IMO, as its GPU failures are less common.
  4. AAPLGeek macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
    Just stay away from Sandforce controller based SSD's and you'll be fine.
  5. walt disney, May 19, 2017
    Last edited: May 19, 2017

    walt disney thread starter macrumors newbie

    walt disney

    Nov 23, 2012
    Thanks for the advice guys, I'll probably go for the Samsung SSD.

    Yeah I am actually going for the 13 inch model early 2011, so it's nice to hear they're such tanks.
  6. Audit13, May 19, 2017
    Last edited: May 22, 2017

    Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I have used SSDs with sandforce controllers in a late 2011 13" MBP and mid-2012 13" MBP with no problems.

    Shouldn't really be an issue today since there aren't that many drives with a SF controller.
  7. TonyK macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2009
    In my 2007 MBP3,1 I installed a Crucial 512GB drive and love it. Just look on YouTube for a video on how to disassemble your unit and what to look out for during the disassembly and re-assembly.

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