SSD upgrade ~ DIY instructions for osx install?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by twkidM3, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. twkidM3 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.

    So I bought a Macbook i7 13" without the upgrade for the ram/memory or HDD to SSD. I bought a OCZ Vertex 2 180G drive and 8GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 DDR3 as upgrades.

    How are those two choices for upgrades?
    Also, do I need to do anything special for the macbook to recognize the SSD during installation? Are there any DIYs available? Thanks




    Edited!
    Just realized that I bought "8GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 DDR3" instead of "8GB 204-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)". Would that work without problem? Thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The Vertex II is a good choice. The RAM I don't know about, as you didn't state what RAM you got, only the amount and type.

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    Btw, you need to format the SSD with Mac OS Extended.

    Guide on how to use Disk Utility from the restore / installation DVD.
    Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
    Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility


    And Apple has instructions in their MBP's User Guides on how to replace HDD and RAM, the HDD guide I linked to has links to those guides.
     
  3. Mactastic91 macrumors newbie

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    I got tripped up while trying to install os x on my ssd. You have to hit utility disk, set it to partition 1, and format the ssd to mac os extended (journal) should already be set as that. Hope this helped. I was in your boat eariler this week. Goodluck!
     
  4. twkidM3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a Crucial 8GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 DDR3 as upgrades.



    Edited!
    Just realized that I bought "8GB 204-PIN PC3-8500 DDR3" instead of "8GB 204-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)". Would that work without problem? Thanks
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Yeah, I missed the "8500" part. It might work, but only at that speed. Better get the "10600" RAM.
     
  6. twkidM3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm
     
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  8. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    That's not the right Ram. Don't install it. Why would you? :confused:
     
  9. twkidM3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I should go ahead and return it to Amazon!?.

    Then maybe order:

    Corsair 8 GB DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9

    Product Features
    * Ultra Stable Laptop Memory from Corsair - the Leader in Performance Memory Solutions
    * Designed for current generation notebooks, mini-PCs and netbooks
    * Microsoft® Windows® Vista? and Windows® 7 operating systems
    * 8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit - 1333MHz Unbuffered CL 9 SODIMM Memory 9-9-9-24 1.5V
    * Lifetime Warranty

    Technical Details

    * Model: CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9
    * Item Package Quantity: 1
    * Hardware Platform: PC
    * RAM Memory Technology: DRAM, DDR3 SDRAM
    * Form Factor: SO DIMM 204-pin
    * Memory Storage Capacity: 8192.0 MB
    * Memory Speed: 1333 MHz
    * Memory Specification Compliance: PC3-10600
    * Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
     

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