What's the best SSD to put in a mid-2009 MacBook Pro?
I prefer the Vertex 2 by a slight margin based on price / performance, but for uses where I want maximum reliability and zero hassle, I chose the Intel.
I have some of the new Intel 320's on order to upgrade some laptops I've inherited / dug up and will be using. Nothing to say about those yet, but based on reviews floating around I'd say this seems like a more solid alternative to both the X25 and the V2.
I wouldn't bother going with SATA3 drives - no point.
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I had a conversation with OCZ today, and they recommended staying with the Vertex Plus series (their slowest ones), insisting that their higher speed SSDs can cause problems trying to cram so much data through the relatively slow SATA pipe in the MBP. It's really a 1.5 gb/sec pipe, but via Apple firmware update it's 3.0. OCZ says they've had issues.
Just wondering your experiences.
And are you going the dta doubler route? I think I recall seeing some CD tray replacement choices on Amazon for a lot less than the option at Macsales.
If you're on a Mac that tops out at 3 gig SATA speed, I'd highly recommend looking at the Samsung 830 as well. Highly recorded! It comes in a variety of sizes, but make no mistake, all are the same basic drive. You will pay more, depending on how it's packaged. If it's going right into a Macbook Pro, you don't need anything but the drive itself… no brackets, etc. Looks like the best deals are for a 256 gb model, going for around $150 to $200, sometimes less on a special.
I have not gone the replacement bay route yet. If I did, personally I'd go with the Optibay www.mcetech.com/optibay/. I've seen the cheap ones on ebay as well, but I've heard they're not made well. If you call Optibay and talk to the techs, you'll be convinced why paying a bit more for theirs is better. I'll be getting one in the near future.
Hope this helps. (Incidentally, I am not affiliated in any way with the companies or products I've mentioned.)
I am charged up about being able to extend the life of my computer by another 1-2 years without feeling the need to upgrade.
And I am very reluctant to upgrade to the new Retina display MB Pros. They are expensive, and they are not at all upgradable.
Ideally, I should buy a 512GB SSD and replace my 500GB HDD, but that would cost $400 in today's prices. Vs if I purchased a 256GB OCZ with 5 year warranty, then I can do it in $200. And I will retain the HDD - not the best solution, but I will move most everything to the 256GB drive. I will kick out the photos, music and movies folder to the HDD. So hopefully the HDD can sleep most of the time.
$11 caddy with good reviews - www.amazon.com/Drive-Unibody-MacBook-SuperDrive-Re...
And $190 SSD - www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-2-5-Inch-Industrys-W...
If the $11 caddy which does have decent reviews does not work very well, then perhaps I will return and bite the bullet to buy the more expensive option. $11 Vs $58 sounds like quite a premium to pay without trying the $11 one...
Now the question is whether I should wait till Black Friday sales. Since it is only a week away perhaps I should.
Samsung 830 drives are more expensive and only offer 3 year warranty. Although, I will buy either of the two, based on what deal is being offered.
Looking forward. And thanks for the feedback.
Btw, do you know if I will get a 3G connection in the optibay as well? I know that is not your setup. I have a 2009 September purchased MB Pro with 2.8Ghz core 2 duo.