SSD sata III on mid 2009 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LyonParis, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. LyonParis macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    I'm a mac user for 6 years now but new on MacRumors forum.
    I'm also not a native English speaker, so excuse some of my language mistakes.

    Here's the situation.
    I plan to replace my SuperDrive with my actual HDD and want to put a Sata III ssd in the HDD compartment.
    Why a Sata III while my MBP only support Sata II ? Because :
    - when I'll sell my actual laptop I want to keep this hardware and eventually install it on my new laptop that will be full Sata III since then.
    - in my country Sata II SSD are hard to find and if so, they cost the same price that Sata III !:confused:

    Is it possible to get a Sata III SSD for my MBP (mid 2009) ?
    Has anyone done that ? How does it work ?

    For those who have installed a Sata II SSD (on HDD compartment) on a 2009 MBP (or earlier), did you encounter any problem ? Which one(s) ?

    As you see I'm a bit worry : I though installing an SSD drive would be "easy" but I read a lot of posts reporting issues with these disks.

    Thanks for your advices.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    SATA is backwards compatible so SATA III drive will work in your MBP. Some SSDs suffer from issues though so take a look at Crucial m4 and Samsung PM830.
  3. snowman1 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2010
    Welcome to MacRumors!

    I have a mid-2009 13" MBP with a Samsung 830 (SATA III) SSD in the HDD compartment (I highly recommend the 830!). Even though it's SATA III, it works fine with the SATA II connection in the MBP since it's backwards compatible. No problems whatsoever. The SSD is still MUCH faster than a normal HDD.

    I have not encountered any problems while installing the SSD.
  4. LyonParis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    Thanks for the advice!
    Does anyone has some experience of a Corsair Force GT ?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Here are some threads.
  6. LyonParis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    Thanks for your advice.
    I didn't want to open a new thread on any SSD Disk but I find it hard for newbie for me (at least in the choice of the "best" suitable hardware) to get synthetic information.

    What do you think about making a poll ?
    The user would specify :
    - the date of his MBP (early YY, mid YY, late YY)
    - the ssd he installed : brand, model, capacity
    and then he would rate it on this kind of scale :
    - no problem at all / run easy
    - difficulties in installation / configuration but run fine now
    - didn't work on my MBP the first time, exchange needed
    - didn't work at all

  7. Jpalessi, Dec 7, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011

    Jpalessi macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2011

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