Ssd hard drive for 2008 unibody MacBook Pro.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gaz0811, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Gaz0811 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2010
    Hi guys.

    I'm looking for some advise regarding a new hard drive for my MacBook Pro. I want to fit a 500 gb ssd. I've looked at a crucial m4 and a Samsung pro series but I'm unsure which one to get. Has anybody fitted one? Was it straight forward?

    Thanks in advance
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Replacing the HDD with another HDD or SSD is easy.
    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)

    As for what to get, the Samsung 840 Pro and Crucial M4 are often recommended.

    Btw, SSD is short for Solid State Disk, HDD is short for Hard Disk Drive, thus SSD hard drive is redundant.
  3. Gaz0811 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2010
    Thanks for the quick response Sim and the advice.

    Oh and the clarification on ssd/hdd

  4. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    I'm using an Intel 320 with Trim Enabler on Mountain Lion on my 2008 MacBook. Works flawlessly!
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Whatever you decide on stay away from Sandforce for that SATA bus. Link will negotiate to 1.5Gb/s. So no OWC, Vertex 3, Corsair, etc... Anything with SF-2281. Go non-SF Intel (no 330, 520) or Vertex 4, Samsung 830, 840. Crucial M4, etc...
  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Except that OWC, SanDisk and OCZ have a Mac firmware update for drive that will work at 3.0Gb/s...
  7. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Really? That must be new. I was never able to get OWC linux flash disc to work last time I tried but that was 2 years ago or so. Good news for others. I already had my fun RMA time prior to there being a patch. AT this point though Samsung is a much better choice especially if you ever want to use Filevault 2.
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Either way his MBP only has SATAII so M4 should be enough.
    Any new fast drives like the Vertex 4, 840 Pro, 520 wont do much difference because he doesnt have SATAIII.
  9. peterson12 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
    robvas is right. my OCZ Vertex 3 works like a charm after the firmware update. I have heard OWC Mercury Electra EG SSD is also blazingly fast and has better backward compatibility for 2011 MPs. I am thinking of getting this and will try with my other MP. Latest tech news is indicative that SF enabled SSDs are gaining momentum and will soon be a class apart than the rest.
  10. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Certainly don't overspend on a SATA III 6.0 because your laptop can't reach those speeds anyway.

    Make sure you look at the right speed if you want to save money.
  11. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    ... and know how to read specs on SSD's and what they mean. You may double your 4K writes by getting a newer 6G drive. 4K randoms are nowhere near saturating SATA2 yet so it still matters and doesn't matter on what link you have SATA2 or 3. Reaching the advertised sequential speeds does not matter in a boot disk.


    Electra is not blazingly fast. It is substandard. All SSD's are fast. But comparing it to others, it is fairly slow 2nd tier Sandforce. All distros sell a 2nd tier NAND product. Electra is OWC's. Intel has the 330, etc...

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