Upgrading to SSD by yourself

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ls1dreams, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

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    What are the best options for upgrading to your own SSD?

    In the apple store, it costs $200 to go from a 500gb 5400rpm drive to a 128gb SSD.

    If you subtract the cost of selling the regular drive, that's about $250 you could use to do it yourself.

    On decent deals, I've seen 128gb SSD's go for around $150 (with mail in rebate/etc).

    What is involved in swapping hard drives? Do macs include an OSX install disk, or what is the easiest way to clone everything over? (I have a 1.5tb external hard drive - I think time machine could be set up to use this?)
     
  2. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    It's very easy to swap out the HD in a pro.

    1. Take bottom case off
    2. Remove one screw
    3. Add SSD
    4. Boot with Restore Disk and reinstall OSX.

    It's best to go with an after market SSD. I prefer Intel Branded SSD's. You should look at OCZ Vertex 2 and 3 as well.
     
  3. aCondor macrumors 6502

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  4. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do they use low quality SSD's? Or is it mostly a matter of money?
     
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    It's basically the fact that their overpriced. Heres a tutorial on how to do it.
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It's primarily money. As you pointed out, you can get a 128GB SSD for less than $250, and a 256GB SSD for a lot less than $650. Plus, there are faster drives out there than what Apple uses. Apple uses middle-of-the-road SSDs.
     
  7. vincenz macrumors 601

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    It's just a simple swapout. Restore from a time machine backup or use carbon copy cloner.

    If only I had the extra money...
     
  8. mheidt macrumors member

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    In Euro, a 128SSD is between 200 and 280EUR.
    And the 500GB 2.5" drive is 50EUR.
    Therefore I would BTO with SSD.
    Those 30EUR I could save isn't worth the hazzle (selling and screwing) in my opinion.
    But I agree when it comes to RAM and higher SSDs.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm not so sure they are overpriced any longer. The new 13 MBP has a 128GB SSD upgrade for $250. The 120GB OWC SSD is $249. Granted, we don't know what brand/quality the Apple SSD is, but based on price alone it is not a bad deal. Plus it comes preinstalled and will have a factory warranty.
     
  10. southpaw23 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I agree. Unless I'm missing something, I see 256gb SSD's for around $500.
    For $540, having the convenience of having Apple put it in for me, it might be worth it? Unless there is some incredible difference in quality/speed.
     
  11. AAPLGeek macrumors regular

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    Link please?
     
  12. cobalt79 macrumors member

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    In a chat, I asked about swapping out a HDD for a SSD. Apparently, it voids your Applecare ENTIRELY!

    I can see not covering the SSD, but the rest of the machine?

    I want to sell my 2010 MBP for a new one and swap drives. Apparently, I might be asking for trouble...
     
  13. cobalt79 macrumors member

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    Holly just told me differently... depends on who you ask. If the SSD came from Apple/installed by Apple, the Genius Bar should swap it for you.
     

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