SSD in external drives mac transplant?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by StUPoT, May 15, 2012.

  1. StUPoT macrumors member

    May 23, 2011
    I had a thought whilst browsing for an SSD on eBay... there are a few external SSD drives on there that are alot cheaper than devoted drives.
    My thought.. now excuse me if this seems stupid, is why not buy an SSD external and tear into it, remove the SSD drive and put it in my MacBook Pro!

    I have done it with normal external drives in the past during an HD failure so I really cant seen why this wouldn't work!
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Assuming the SSD inside is just a standard form factor SSD, there is no reason this would not work.
  3. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    I agree, don't take it for granted it will work. I popped open an external WD Passport intending to use the drive as an upgrade in a Mac mini. No luck, it only had the USB interface, no SATA.
  4. StUPoT thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2011
    Yeah I suppose it could just be a circuit board in there with memory chips on but then again why make it the same size as a normal HD when they could make it so much smaller by not using a devoted drive slotted into a case

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