Should i buy an SSD for my macbook pro?

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  1. davidtutu macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a macbook pro 13'. I added 8gb ram to it as well.

    People keep talking about an SSD, and i was wondering if i should get one.

    Also is it hard to install, and how much should i spend on one.
     
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    I could never go back now - They make a big difference.

    They are relatively easy to put in, there are loads of guide on iFixit.com

    Cost wise it's all about the capacity and the controller.
     
  3. JTyler82 macrumors regular

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    Definitely. If you have the money lying around and want your MacBook to be even faster.

    I Could never go back to a standard 7200. The bonus? You can make your hard drive that came with it into a Free External drive too. for Time Machine, or just extra space.
     
  4. jasonbro macrumors regular

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    Samsung 830 128gb dropped to 94 bucks last night on newegg.
     
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Said above me but once you go SSD, you never want to go back.

    Never can and will experience this speed on a HDD.
    Ultra fast boot and read/write. Its just amazing.
     
  6. hawk1410 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely yes, especially at the current prices, i bought a 256gb SSD for my MBP back when they were 400-500$, now a 256gb SSD runs you around 200$. So yes, definitely get a SSD for your MBP, it'll greatly improve performance and eliminate any sort of sluggishness at all. It is very easy to install, all you need to know is how to use a screwdriver.
     
  7. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My macbook is already fast now so imagine how fast with an ssd.

    I live in the UK so in £, we are looking at lie £200 for an SSD? Also where from, Crucial?

    Also it looks hard to install, how much do apple charge to install it.

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    What one do you have? I might wait after xmas, when i have a bit more money from University and that.
     
  8. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Yes. By tomorrow please.
     
  9. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Guys i am having a problem

    Why doesn't the app ''preview'' open when i click on it? I just noticed it on launc and it doesn't work :eek:
     
  10. afinch1992 macrumors 6502

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    get it!!! $350-$400 for a 512gb if you need the storage. less that $200 for 256gb
     
  11. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Who will it install it for me


    Also when you put it in, is your mac wiped or will everything still be saved?
     
  12. Macral macrumors member

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    Yes you definitely should get the SSD.
    I've been using SSD since 2008, the speed difference is huge.
     
  13. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    You install it yourself. It is super easy to do and the single best upgrade one can do themselves. Your information has to be saved manually using TM or CCC.
     
  14. hawk1410, Sep 15, 2012
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    Its completely easy to install - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1f7wotR_CQ&feature=player_embedded

    And yeah, your MBP will become even faster, everything will be snappy, it will boot up in 10-15seconds, apps will open as soon as you click them, no more waiting a few seconds for an app to open.

    And as far as what drives are good, take a look at Crucial M4 and Samsung 830, rest of the stuff is mostly sandforce based which is not reliable. OCZ Vertex 4 sounds promising but OCZ had tons of issues with Vertex 1-3(which were all Sandforce based though, unlike the Vertex 4) so i am a bit hesitant recommending it
     
  15. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking about putting one in mine. I'd say it would make my MBP faster and it would last for longer.
     
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    An SSD is almost as much as a paradigm shift for basic computing as going to highspeed internet from dial up.

    Crucial M4, Samsung 830 and the OCZ Vertex 4 are the most heavily recommended SSDs as of late.

    Any of these will smoke a stock HDD. You won't regret it.
     
  17. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah when i get a bit more money i think i will buy one from crucial.

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    Wow so from that video you have to unscrew the screws from the hard drive and put them into the SSD:eek:
     
  18. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Yes, and even my middle aged, bifocaled, low mechanical aptitude self did it ln roughly ten minutes. Easy-peasey, wavy gravy.
     
  19. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    To me, it just seems smoother. Especially while booting.

    I went with the 512GB drive so I wouldn't feel space constrained in the next few years.

    I just cloned my existing drive from the external USB to the new internal SSD. I had a spare external enclosure.

    The main thing that caused problems was Office 2011. It noticed the hardware change, and it no longer activated. I had to call tech support and explain the situation.
     
  20. AppleWarMachine macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it is one of the best upgrades that you can do, very noticeable.
     
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  22. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Should i buy it now, or wait a year or so

    My macbook is fast at the moment, not sure if it is because i put 8gb ram in the mac.
     
  23. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Well what size do you need?
    830's 128GB came just under 100 bucks on newegg the other day.
     
  24. davidtutu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will need a lot of storage since i have tons of music/movies etc....

    I am from the UK so not sure about new egg
     

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