What ssd to mbp5,5?

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I'm updating a friend's mbp (mid 2009) and wondering what would be the cheapest ssd in range of 500G or a little less, that fits to mbp5,5?
Any trim problems with some ssd?
The mbp won't be used to do any heavy work, but fast boot times, better battery life and quicker overall usage would be prefferred than with hdd.
 

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I'm updating a friend's mbp (mid 2009) and wondering what would be the cheapest ssd in range of 500G or a little less, that fits to mbp5,5?
Any trim problems with some ssd?
The mbp won't be used to do any heavy work, but fast boot times, better battery life and quicker overall usage would be prefferred than with hdd.
Honestly, any SSD would work absolutely fine. I'd recommend Samsung or Crucial, though that's just because I haven't had any problems with either.

TRIM is a bit of a dividing factor on MR. I can advise that I've used TRIM both enabled and disabled and it works fine either way, so it's really up to you.
 
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Honestly, any SSD would work absolutely fine. I'd recommend Samsung or Crucial, though that's just because I haven't had any problems with either.

TRIM is a bit of a dividing factor on MR. I can advise that I've used TRIM both enabled and disabled and it works fine either way, so it's really up to you.
I know that any ssd will work.
It's just some work better than the other.
I want this ssd to last for the remaining life of this laptop. So, if buying a ssd that goes to category "will behave oddly, if trim is enabled" means that it is likely that ssd will crash in 3 years, I'd like to avoid it.

So, does anybody have knowledge how trim works (in 10.11) with these:
OCZ ARC 100 480GB (ARC100-25SAT3-480G)
Toshiba Q300 480GB (HDTS748EZSTA)
Mushkin Triactor 480GB (MKNSSDTR480GB)
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB (ASP550SS3-480GM-C)
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB (SV300S37A/240G)
SanDisk Z400s 256GB (SD8SBAT-256G-1122)
or if there are big differences in life expectance or warranty with these?
 

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I know that any ssd will work.
It's just some work better than the other.
I want this ssd to last for the remaining life of this laptop. So, if buying a ssd that goes to category "will behave oddly, if trim is enabled" means that it is likely that ssd will crash in 3 years, I'd like to avoid it.

So, does anybody have knowledge how trim works (in 10.11) with these:
OCZ ARC 100 480GB (ARC100-25SAT3-480G)
Toshiba Q300 480GB (HDTS748EZSTA)
Mushkin Triactor 480GB (MKNSSDTR480GB)
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB (ASP550SS3-480GM-C)
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB (SV300S37A/240G)
SanDisk Z400s 256GB (SD8SBAT-256G-1122)
or if there are big differences in life expectance or warranty with these?
All modern SSDs are incredibly reliable and can easily write 50GB a day for 10 years before getting anywhere close to failing. Any brand will exceed the lifespan of your computer.

Regardless, what I can say is that I have had no issues with either Crucial or Samsung. This includes 50+ SSDs fitted at work for third-party Macs, and on 8 of my friends' machines.

I had a bad experience with OCZ (Agility 3, 240GB), and TRIM used to balk those drives — though that was before they were bought by Toshiba, and when SSDs were in their infancy, so they're fine now.

As I can say with certainty that Samsung and Crucial seem the most reliable in my experience, and both brands have no problems with trimforce enable, I would go for either of those.
 

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What keysofanxiety said - they will all outlast your laptop: http://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-dead
A quote: "The first lesson came quickly. All of the drives surpassed their official endurance specifications by writing hundreds of terabytes without issue."

If you want to be extra, extra, extra sure, then buy the least expensive name-brand drive with the longest warranty.
 
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If you want to be extra, extra, extra sure, then buy the least expensive name-brand drive with the longest warranty.
Would you consider Crucial CT480BX200SSD1 name-brand? Pretty much all seems to have 3-year warranty...
Patriot Blast 480gb is a bit cheaper...
 
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That is the problem. Those grey OEM installer CDs are model specific.
This time retail family box version of 10.6 didn't help. Same message. Either nvidias chipset is toasted or cable or ssd is broken.

Weird that DU in install disc can't eject ssd's partition. This probably quits the os install. Can 10.6 be installed in some kind of verbose mode?
 
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This time retail family box version of 10.6 didn't help. Same message. Either nvidias chipset is toasted or cable or ssd is broken.

Weird that DU in install disc can't eject ssd's partition. This probably quits the os install. Can 10.6 be installed in some kind of verbose mode?
Yeah... retail Snow Leopard should work on there Do you have an external USB enclosure you can pop the SSD in and try to install the OS there. That would eliminate the cable form the picture. It is pretty rare to have these SSDs dead out of the box, so I doubt it is that.