SSD in 2010 MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by onirocdarb, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. onirocdarb macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2013
    I have a mid 2010 macbook pro that I am looking to put an ssd in, mainly for speed but also for extra room. I have been looking into the Samsung Pro 512GB. However, I have read that my mac has an older version of SATA and won't be able to take advantage of an ssd.
    Is it true that I won't benefit from having an ssd with my older data?
    If that is true would I be better off buying a new machine? I could sell this machine for 500 + I would save 500 on the ssd and I could use a student discount.

    Also I would like to install the drive through Optibay
  2. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    I'd put in a Samsung 256GB 840 Pro for around $200 or so. Sure you won't be able to take advantage of SATA3, but it will still be a major upgrade and you'll be amazed the difference an SSD makes.

    I've had an OWC 120GB SSD in my 15" 2010 MBP for the last 2 years now, best decision I ever made.

    If it was me, I'd ditch the optibay idea and run it in the regular HDD bay.
  3. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Last year I put Intel 320 series 160GB on 2007 MBP, it uses old SATA but it makes my MBP runs smooth and fast boot up.:apple:
  4. braddicted2mac macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2012
    I have a samsung 840 256 SSD in my mbp 2010 mid. Works great update the ram too !! 1066 mhz 8 gig and yours will be fast !
  5. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I have a crucial m4 512GB SSD in my 2010 MBP.

    Works fine.

    Isn't as fast as it could be with 6gb/s SATA, but still much improved, especially booting (or anything that has a lot of random reads) vs the hard drive.
  6. onirocdarb thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2013
    Why no optibay?

    Is their a difference between the 830 and 840?

    I will probably have this laptop for another 2 years, when I upgrade would I be able to use the ssd as a thunderbolt drive?

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