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neverhadanewton

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Hi, I just purchased a 2009 white macbook.

This model -

http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...duo-2.0-white-13-early-2009-nvidia-specs.html

It has been upgraded to 4gb of ram already.

I assume to only other thing I can do to speed it up is install an SSD hard drive to replace the old HDD.

Could someone recommend a good SSD with 128gb space I could install in this?

For instance, would this be suitable? -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007ZW2LY4/

or this?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-HDTS212EZSTA-128GB-9-5mm-Internal/dp/B00C29F2AU/

or this?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-120GB-2-5-inch-Adapter/dp/B00A1ZTZOG/

Thanks
 
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Weaselboy

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The ones you listed are fine. The Samsung EVO is also pretty popular on the forums and I see Amazon has it here.

You machine only supports a SATA II connection, so the speed of any of these SATA III speed drives will exceed the capability of your system. SATA is backward compatible, so this these SATA III drives will work, you just won't see the peak speeds listed for them.

I will still be a nice upgrade and you will notice the difference.
 
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neverhadanewton

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The ones you listed are fine. The Samsung EVO is also pretty popular on the forums and I see Amazon has it here.

You machine only supports a SATA II connection, so the speed of any of these SATA III speed drives will exceed the capability of your system. SATA is backward compatible, so this these SATA III drives will work, you just won't see the peak speeds listed for them.

I will still be a nice upgrade and you will notice the difference.

I did wonder if sata II would work with sata III ok.

Thanks
 
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mcfortunato

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Nov 10, 2013
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Early 2009 white macbook upgrade

Hi,
I also want too upgrade my my macbook with a SSD.
Are both the HDD bay and the Optical Sata 2-300?
Is it also possible to put a HDD in the optical bay? And which
kit should I get?
thanks, Michael
 
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brdeveloper

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I did wonder if sata II would work with sata III ok.

Thanks

My late-2009 is SATAII and works nicely with a 840 EVO SSD. Also, I think your Macbook supports up to 8GB RAM. But a SSD would be my choice first, then buy more RAM later (actually OWC says it only supports 6GB, but I'm not really sure as 9400M appears to be the only restriction for accessing more RAM -- if late-2008 alum and late-2009 unibody 9400M-equipped Macbooks support 8GB, I don't see any reason for 8GB not working on an early-2009).
 
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neverhadanewton

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Received today, put a clean install of mavericks on it. Runs so smoothly on mavericks I might just continue with a normal HDD at the moment. Impressive for a 4/5 year old laptop!
 
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brdeveloper

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Received today, put a clean install of mavericks on it. Runs so smoothly on mavericks I might just continue with a normal HDD at the moment. Impressive for a 4/5 year old laptop!

The SSD is a great addon... even browsing looks faster since cached images and page elements load faster. Now that we are in the SATAIII era, you can get SATAII top speed (3Gbps). The Mavericks feature of restoring windows on restart is nicer with a SSD. You don't care about restarting anymore.

Anyway, congrats for the acquisition!
 
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brdeveloper

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Did you need to enable TRIM?

I see a lot of posts saying newer SSDs doesn't need TRIM as they have a built-in garbage collection mechanism. Other people say TRIM can increase SSD performance. I would only think about enabling TRIM if my SSD started hanging I/O and produced a lot of BBoDs, but this isn't the case.
 
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