Upgrading to SSD by yourself

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

  1. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    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 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    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

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
  4. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Do they use low quality SSD's? Or is it mostly a matter of money?
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    It's basically the fact that their overpriced. Heres a tutorial on how to do it.
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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


    Oct 20, 2008
    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

    Jun 7, 2005
    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


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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

    Feb 24, 2011
    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

    Nov 12, 2009
    Link please?
  12. cobalt79 macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    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

    Feb 18, 2010
    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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