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Upgrade Macbook Pro with SSD

by ac1818 / December 10, 2012 6:15 PM PST


I think Jimmy Greystone will know a lot about this topic, but all answers welcome

I am thinking of upgrading a 13inch Macbook Pro Mid2010 with an SSD. I think it only supports SATA 2 and not SATA 3.

Can you please assist as to how to check SSD compatibility?

Do all SSDS work with my mac so long as they are 2.5inch drives?
What else do I have to consider in regards to compatibility besides SATA 2 or 3 support?

Thanks in advance

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About the 2 or 3 issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 1:42 AM PST

It's a non-issue. Why? Because if SATA 3 devices only worked on SATA 3 controllers then they would die an early death because few could use them. I hope your vendor/maker/support was clear about this.

However there are plenty of SSD issues besides this non-issue. Be sure your supplier notes your laptop compatibility.

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I understand
by ac1818 / December 12, 2012 1:20 PM PST

Thanks Bob for your response.

I understand that SATA 3 is backwards compatible with SATA 2. It is just not worth the money sometimes to purchase a SATA 3 drive to use in a computer with SATA 2. Sorry if I did not make this clear in my first post

Anyway what else do I have to consider in relation to SSD compatability with this mac?
When I look in shops, most manufactures don't say whether it is compatible with a particular laptop. So How do I know I am buying one that will work?

Thanks in advance

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What I see is SATA 3 is not a premium item.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 3:04 PM PST
In reply to: I understand

Maybe it's where I am. I'm guessing you are not in the USA?

You don't buy unless they back you up and accept returns. Also the maker should answer this one.

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Not in USA
by ac1818 / December 12, 2012 7:35 PM PST


You say contact the maker. THe issue is Apple is interested in selling SSDs from their own retail store, so it is difficult to get this type of info from them.

However my guess is that any SSD should work in general?

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No. If you've done your research
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2012 4:56 AM PST
In reply to: Not in USA

You find some Apples and some SSDs don't play well together. Here it is pretty easy to hit the maker's site and see if there are application notes and to check forums for issues with a drive. The most common old issue was when the laptop would come out of sleep. We hope all makers fixed that but unless the Apple laptops are noted as compatible then you know to ask what the return policy is.

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I see
by ac1818 / December 13, 2012 6:29 AM PST

Thanks Bob. I will consider your advice.

By the way any recommendations for an SSD that you have had experience with?

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Only a few.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2012 6:50 AM PST
In reply to: I see ones. They answer questions, provide updates and have slower/faster models to meet the budget.

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by ac1818 / December 14, 2012 7:27 PM PST
In reply to: Only a few.

Thanks Bob for your suggestions.

At least they have all their info and specification on their site.
I was thinking of looking at Intel and Kingston SSDs however their website lacks information in relation to max compatibility. That was the main problem

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Kingston is working hard to get your sale too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2012 5:43 AM PST
In reply to: Great

3 year warranty and free tech support is hard to argue with. Try their chat to see if they know of any issue with your model. Again the most common issue I see is coming out of sleep. I can't guess why.
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Good Idea
by ac1818 / December 15, 2012 8:06 AM PST

I chatted to them. They said there is a known issue where their SSDS function at a lower than expected performance with a macbook pro. The problem occurs because the SSDs work at SATA 1 performance (reduced).

So I guess Kingston may not be the way to go in this case.

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by ac1818 / December 15, 2012 8:17 AM PST
In reply to: Good Idea

By the way Intel notifies me to contact Apple for this type of info, hence the concern.

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Thanks and good move on their part.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2012 1:13 AM PST
In reply to: Good Idea

They didn't hide the fact or issue. And you discovered first hand why we have to ask. I only know a few machines and the issues I've bumped into. Not enough to nail what you could run into but a few areas.

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Mac Upgrade Store
by unaforce / April 17, 2013 7:03 AM PDT

I found this site

You can type in your serial number and it will take you to your system and you can see the upgrades available to you. Quite useful.

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