What cable adapter to buy to clone HD to external SSD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. hajime macrumors 68040

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello, I am planning to replace the HD of my MBP 2010 mid 17" by a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. What cable/adapter do you recommend for cloning the HD to the SSD? This MBP has only usb 2.0 ports. For future proof, can I use a usb 3 adapter?
  2. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Any decent SATA to USB 2 or 3 cable should be fine, but I would advise you get an enclosure, they are not expensive and it means you can have a ready-made external hard drive afterwards, for whatever you like (backs-up, extra storage etc).

    Not sure where you are, but purely as an example, here is one on Amazon.com:

    You just want to look for SATA to USB enclosures, for 2.5 inch hard drives/SSDs. If you really only want a cable you can find them quite easily with a similar search, the enclosures are basically just the cable with a box to go round the drive attached.

    And yeah, there's no harm in getting a USB 3 capable cable/enclosure either. Enjoy your SSD, it will make your MBP feel much faster!

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