SSD, RAM, 2nd Hard Drive Upgrades for MBP 15" 2011

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  1. Kuray macrumors regular

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    SSD, RAM, 2nd Hard Drive Upgrades for MBP 15" 2011

    I'm planning to buy new 2011 MacBook Pro with Education discount.

    I will get 2.0 Glossy or 2.2 Anti-Glare.

    So what I planned so far is to get RAM, SSD and 2nd Hard Drive like DataDoubler.

    As for as I know, only DataDoubler company is OWC.

    OWC DataDoubler $75
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDAMBS0GB/

    OWC 60 GB SATA II SSD $125
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMX060/

    OWC 60 GB SATA II SSD + DataDoubler $170
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DDMBSSD060/


    OWC 8 GB 2x4 RAM $94
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/1333DDR3S08S/


    Any Cheaper/Better options for me ?
    First I planned to go with 2.0 AG and have 120 GB SATA III but with $220 price ticket, then I realized that 60 work too because I will get DataDoubler.
     
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i would go with the high-end model.

    upgrade to a 120gb ssd from apple for $100, if you do decide to go high-end. it's $200 on the low end, which is still good.
     
  3. infect macrumors member

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    Heh, I asked almost exactly this question last week. You might find some of the advice in this thread useful:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1176449&highlight=

    For what it's worth, I'm getting the data doubler + Extreme Pro 6G and some kingston 1600 RAM. The kingston RAM is better and cheaper than the OWC one you listed.
     
  4. Kuray thread starter macrumors regular

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    Apple couldn't fix my 2009 MacBook Pro in 7 days so they gave me brand new MacBook Pro 2011 (SB,Thunderbolt) 2.0 base model

    I will buy 2011 anyway.
     
  5. Dresevski macrumors 6502

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    Why do you need 2 of the same laptops?

    You don't need to use the DataDoubler since it costs so much. There are cheaper options that do the exact same thing. Also, get a SATA III SSD since you have the connection then move the SATA II HDD over to the optical bay.
     
  6. Kuray thread starter macrumors regular

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    It was 2009 model and it was slow. I wasn't satisfied with it.


    I will move Apple's 500 GB HDD to SATA II Optical Drive's bay

    SSD will be SATA III but some people say they aren't stable with MacBook Pro

    Which SSD's you recommend. 60 GB or 120 GB, also please recommend cheaper DataDoubler.

    Note: If you buy SATA II SSD from OWC, DataDoubler costs around $50, not $70
     
  7. Dresevski macrumors 6502

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    Yes, put the 500GB into the optical bay. Install it using a cheap ebay kit, it is merely a piece of plastic and a double-sided connector...while there is some sense of safety paying $50 for it from OWC it doesn't make sense to me (all of their stuff is more expensive).

    Then, get the SSD size you feel you need. Some say no less than 100GB but I plan to get the 120 instead of the 60 only because I'll have it "bootcamped" with W7. If I were only doing OSX then I would stay with the 60!

    The newest SSDs are certainly stable in the MacBook Pros but it is a question of their own reliability. It is tough to put a certain value on each drive since they are relatively new and Apple is not making it easy on us (regarding TRIM).
     
  8. Kuray thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need 60 GB SSD but I can't decide which one should I get.

    OWC
    OCZ
    Crucial
    Intel
     

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