SSD Update Suggestions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gourav Bommala, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Gourav Bommala macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2018
    Hi Macians,

    I have a mid-2012 13" MBP, 2,5GHz Intel core i5 with 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 ram.
    I replaced its 500GB HDD with a Samsung 850 evo 500 GB SSD. It is pretty fast now.

    I'm planning to replace the CD-Drive to another 500 GB SSD and The ram to 16 GB. Is it advisable?
    Has anyone pimped up a mid 13" to this level? 1 TB SSD and 16GB Ram. Is it too much?

    Thank you in advance.

  2. treekram macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    I have 16GB RAM and 2 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD's in my mid-2012 MBP. You need a bracket similar to the following:

    There are cheaper alternatives but a cheap adapter may not work properly (some may work, some may not).

    Most people don't have a problem using a SSD in the optical bay in the mid-2012 MBP. However, even with a good connector, there is a small chance there may be problems. I think this would be mainly due to an optical cable problem or if your EFI has not been updated. If you buy your SSD and bracket from a retailer with a good return policy, you should be OK.
  3. Gourav Bommala thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2018
    Hi Treekram,

    Thank you for the reply. That link is a good buy for me.

    but, I wanted to know, if 1 TB SSD (500GB + 500GB instead of optical drive) and a 16 GB RAM is supported/suggested for a mid 2012 MBP?

  4. DeltaMac, Mar 31, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    That MBPro was sold new until October of 2016, a long sale life. And, it is the last one that is easily upgradeable by the user.
    It certainly will support 16GB of RAM, and replacing the optical drive with another storage drive is fine. There's really no technical limit to the capacity. You could install 2 of these 4TB SSDs

    The large capacity drives used to be too thick to fit inside Mac laptops, but the SSDs change that idea. Even the 4TB is listed as 7mm thickness, and that would fit in either location inside your MBPro.
  5. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    It will work fine. But it is a old design with a low resolution screen and the Evo 850 is quite a bit slower (400-500 MB/sec vs 2,000+ MB/sec) compared to current systems. Also the unit is weighs 4.5 pounds versus 3 pounds for the current 13" MBPs.
  6. Gourav Bommala thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2018
    Oh.. Really? upto 2x 4TB? thats nice to know. Thank you. :)

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