SSD Upgrade Questions - Suggestions Needed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GoProDavidLe, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. GoProDavidLe macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Hello all,

    Current Apple MacBook Pro 13" Information:
    - 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
    - 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    - 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

    I am thinking about upgrading to a SSD with my current MacBook specifications. I'm new to the upgrading scene so please hang with me. I have two options that are open to me at a great price (Employee @ Best Buy). What are your guys opinions on the Samsung and PNY?

    - Samsung - 840 EVO 250GB Internal Serial ATA III Solid State Drive
    Link To Product

    - PNY - XLR8 240 GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
    Link To Product

    Note: The PNY will come out cheaper than the Samsung if that makes a difference.

    Thanks in advance!

    - David L.
  2. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I'd go for the Samsung. The PNY has a Sandforce controller, and whilst the newer ones might be OK, they don't exactly have a great track record.
  3. GoProDavidLe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    I was thinking the same thing. I've also been researching some reviews and it seems as though Samsung has provided great results.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm with Brian. Sandforce controllers have not been too good. Get the EVO.
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Going by my personal experience, I'd definitely go with the Samsung Evo. Going by the Best Buy reviews would lead me to the same conclusion.
  6. meson macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2014
    The upgrade is really easy. I just upgraded mine yesterday with a Crucial MX100. 10 screws in the bottom cover of your MBP, 4 screws around the HDD. The only challenge is the 4 posts on the sides of the SSD, you will either need an appropriately sized torx driver or a small enough allen wrench. I had an allen wrench that fit perfectly.

    Given the choices, I would opt for the EVO out of those drives.

    You will certainly be pleased with the result.
  7. GoProDavidLe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Awesome! I really appreciate yalls help. This forum is amazing!
  8. GoProDavidLe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Question: If I upgrade from my HDD to SSD, will I lose all of my data? Therefore I should back up my computer before I make this change? Sorry for the noobie question, lol.
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Yes, so do a Time Machine backup to an external drive. Then once the SSD is installed, restore the Time Machine backup from the external drive back to it.
  10. GoProDavidLe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Thank you!

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