SSD for early 2008 17" MBPro

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  1. ricede macrumors regular

    ricede

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    Can anyone tell me if is it possible to put a 500 GB Samsung 850 into an early 2008 17" MBPro 2.5 Ghz Core2Duo ?

    Is there maybe a better SSD for this mac ? Or will any SSD be incompatible with this link speed ?


    Intel ICH8-M AHCI:
    Link Speed: 1.5 Gigabit.
    Negotiated Link Speed:1.5 Gigabit

    Any advise most welcome. Thanks
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Yes it is possible to use a SSD. I don't see why you'd think it isn't. A hard drive's a hard drive.

    SATA is backward compatible with itself. Any SSD you buy will set itself to whatever the board can handle.
     
  3. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Any SATA SSD you get today will work just fine with your MacBook Pro, although as it only has a SATA I bus, realize that you won't be getting the full performance out of the drive. It will still be a ton faster than any spinning hard disk that you can put in it though! I threw an SSD in my mid-2007 MacBook Pro, and it was still night and day. Good luck with your upgrade, and enjoy your MacBook Pro a bit longer!
     
  4. ricede thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the answers. I only posted because a friend fitted an Intel SSD into the same year of MBP & had strange things happening. Maybe it was a duff SSD. I don't want to shell out on a fairly expensive SSD & then have compatibility problems. You have put my mind at rest. Thanks
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Crucial has an excellent reputation also. You should be able to get the Crucial BX100 for a little cheaper than the Samsung. Crucial is $15 cheaper on Amazon.
     
  6. ricede thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just checked here in India, on Amazon, and the Crucial BX100 is $15 more expensive. So i think i will go with the Samsung.
     
  7. austinpike macrumors 6502

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    A number of people do seem to have issues with older MacBooks, the diagnosis is generally a bad internal SATA cable. I was upgrading a friend's 2008-ish macbook and tried 2 or 3 different SSDs - all of which would either not be recognized or fail partway through OS installation. Yet the original hard drive and a new hard drive I ended up using both worked fine. (and the SSDs work fine in other machines.) I never tried a new cable as he was fine just using the new HD.

    It seems odd to me that a bad SATA cable could allow an SSD to "partially" work; meanwhile a standard hard drive is fine. But maybe somehow the SSD exposes the flaw as it is pushing more data.

    Anyway I wouldn't let that dissuade you, but I would have a source for a replacement cable lined up.
     
  8. wallaby macrumors 6502

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    Do you have an ExpressCard slot on your laptop? That was the easiest SSD upgrade for me. Just popped one in (48GB was enough for my system and apps) so that I could leave my 320GB HDD alone. I opened up this machine once, and I'm not really interested in doing so again.
     
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Same here. I'm using a SanDisk SSD.
     

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