Samsung 830 running SATA II

bvanlieu

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Dec 28, 2008
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Just swapped in a 256G 830 into my 2010 MBP and its one happy lappy.

I debated 470 and 830 and went with the newer technology. Although its bus limited, you still have a newer drive with updated logic and controller hardware for only a bit more money then the 470. I liked the USB transfer dongle with the notebook case, though I did have one issue.

I am curious about firmware updates. Windows 7 laptop and the Samsung Magician software would not recognize the volume as a volume to update. This is a problem as I a not going to install the drive internally just to update the firmware.

Will cross that bridge when I need to. Otherwise, your typical first time SSD user comments apply. It really transforms task switching, app load/close etc...all things I do constantly.

- b
 

rainking

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Aug 12, 2011
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Johnson City, NY
Just swapped in a 256G 830 into my 2010 MBP and its one happy lappy.

I debated 470 and 830 and went with the newer technology. Although its bus limited, you still have a newer drive with updated logic and controller hardware for only a bit more money then the 470. I liked the USB transfer dongle with the notebook case, though I did have one issue.

I am curious about firmware updates. Windows 7 laptop and the Samsung Magician software would not recognize the volume as a volume to update. This is a problem as I a not going to install the drive internally just to update the firmware.

Will cross that bridge when I need to. Otherwise, your typical first time SSD user comments apply. It really transforms task switching, app load/close etc...all things I do constantly.

- b
Did you do the trim hack or you letting the drive's garbage collection do the task?
 

bvanlieu

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Dec 28, 2008
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No hacks. I am running snow kitty. I tend to stay a bit behind on apple updates as I like stability. :)

Ran super super, swapped, booted up as expected. Spotlight insisted on a reindex.

- b
 

Minhthien

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Samsung 830 is on my buying list 2morrow!!! Where did you order it from? Thinking of ordering from Newegg! You should download trimenabler and install it!
 

sfoalex

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Nice drive so I hear. I myself just bought the OWC Mercury Extreme 480. I haven't heard nice things about since I bought it. I haven't had it long enough to recommend it either. I am liking the sheer speed of SSD though. What a difference it makes.
 

bvanlieu

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Dec 28, 2008
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Samsung 830 is on my buying list 2morrow!!! Where did you order it from? Thinking of ordering from Newegg! You should download trimenabler and install it!
Newegg...free shipping, I am close to NJ depot so arrived in one day.

I'm not hot to trot to enable TRIM...letting the drive's logic do its job for now, and see how things progress over time. Perhaps Apple will eventually enable TRIM. By them I may be ready to upgrade to Lion...right now I am quite happy
as is.

Homie's got work to do :D

- b
 

Hellhammer

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Dec 10, 2008
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W7 didn't recognize it due to different file system (Windows can't read HFS+). However, you should only need the PC for creating the bootable installer. The SSD doesn't have to be connected AFAIK.
 

bvanlieu

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Dec 28, 2008
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W7 didn't recognize it due to different file system (Windows can't read HFS+). However, you should only need the PC for creating the bootable installer. The SSD doesn't have to be connected AFAIK.
Recognizing the target SATA device is all that should be required, not
mounting a volume.

Windows as an OS could see the device on the USB bus, and using Disk Manager I could partition it and even format it NTFS for grins which I did.

The Samsung Utility still would only let me select a single HD in the drop down box, which was the internal Seagate drive, not the Samsung SSD on the USB bus.

That part was disappointing though being so new I don't believe there is a firmware update posted yet.

- b
 

ljx718

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Dec 13, 2008
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Just swapped in a 256G 830 into my 2010 MBP and its one happy lappy.

I debated 470 and 830 and went with the newer technology. Although its bus limited, you still have a newer drive with updated logic and controller hardware for only a bit more money then the 470. I liked the USB transfer dongle with the notebook case, though I did have one issue.

I am curious about firmware updates. Windows 7 laptop and the Samsung Magician software would not recognize the volume as a volume to update. This is a problem as I a not going to install the drive internally just to update the firmware.

Will cross that bridge when I need to. Otherwise, your typical first time SSD user comments apply. It really transforms task switching, app load/close etc...all things I do constantly.

- b
Did you need the spacers with the laptop kit or was the brackets on the MacBook pro enough? I can only find the 64 gb with desktop kit
 

bvanlieu

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Dec 28, 2008
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Did you need the spacers with the laptop kit or was the brackets on the MacBook pro enough? I can only find the 64 gb with desktop kit
Dropped right in. Its a standard 2.5 height IIRC.

I got the notebook kit as it came with the little USB to SATA adapter.

- b
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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Did you need the spacers with the laptop kit or was the brackets on the MacBook pro enough? I can only find the 64 gb with desktop kit
Look at the three minute mark in this video and you will see what I was talking about in the other thread. The way the drive is mounted from the sides, being 2mm slimmer is not going to matter.
 

Pmm150

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Dec 1, 2011
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Samsung 830 not booting up

Hi,
I am trying to upgrade my 3 year old MacBook pro laptop with the new 830 SSD but hit a snag. Perhaps a small step I missed?

Here was my procedure:

1) Use the USB connector to connect the ssd to my laptop in order to perform a clone using the disk utility tool.

2) open up the laptop and swap out the hdd for the new ssd. Re-assemble everything and reboot.

It isnt fully booting... Gets hung up on the light blue screen.

Did I miss a critical step?

Thanks,
Phil
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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Hi,
I am trying to upgrade my 3 year old MacBook pro laptop with the new 830 SSD but hit a snag. Perhaps a small step I missed?

Here was my procedure:

1) Use the USB connector to connect the ssd to my laptop in order to perform a clone using the disk utility tool.

2) open up the laptop and swap out the hdd for the new ssd. Re-assemble everything and reboot.

It isnt fully booting... Gets hung up on the light blue screen.

Did I miss a critical step?

Thanks,
Phil
Before the clone did you use Disk Util to partition and format the drive as Mac OS X Extended and a GUID type partition table?

How did you clone with Disk Util? This can be confusing for people. It is easier to use Carbon Copy Cloner.
 
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