View Full Version : MacBook HDD Upgrade

16th October 2012, 02:20 PM
Hey Guys,

I have recently bought a MacBook off of a forum member on here (Thanks NathR32) Well it hasn't even been sent yet and I'm buying upgrades for it. So far I have bought an 8GB kit off of RamCity to upgrade from the 2GB already in there. Now I'm looking to upgrade the 250GB to perhaps a SSD. What brands or models do you suggest? I have heard some people finding the speed of SSD in comparison to the old spindle type underwhelming after all the hype surrounding the speeds of SSD.

I'm looking at keeping it around the 250GB mark. Obviously don't want to spend $100s of dollars. Bit probably $200-$250 Absolute max delivered.

Will upgrading the RAM from 2GB - 8GB and upgrading the HDD to a SSD give the old girl a noticeable speed boost?

Thanks for your help guys.

16th October 2012, 03:57 PM
If you look hard enough you can get a 240GB SSD for about $180-$200. I myself got a Sandisk Extreme for $179 from Shopping Square (which was DOA, but that's beside the point :P)

I hear people recommending Sandisk and OCZ with Macs, OCZ especially since they actively worked to get full 3Gbps speeds on older Macs that other SSDs maxed out at 1.5Gbps.

Probably OWC or Propero ones from RamCity would do the job well too.

16th October 2012, 04:06 PM
So I should see a big difference speed and loading wise after upgrading ram and HDD?

16th October 2012, 06:47 PM
Upgrading RAM, YES...definitely. Upgrading the HDD...if you upgrade to a faster HDD (say you go from a 5400rpm drive to a 7200rpm drive), or if you go to an SSD, then you will notice a speed increase...apart from that though, not much.

16th October 2012, 07:13 PM
Highly recommend an SSD, great upgrade and boosts the speed.
Getting cheaper too. The Samsung 830s are sitting around $210 for 256GB, same as Crucial M4s and Intel 330s ($250ish).
Reliability is more important than speed, they are damn quicker than HDDs either way

17th October 2012, 10:20 AM
How often is a SuperDrive needed? I'm thinking of dropping the SuperDrive and putting in a smaller SSD Just for the install of Lion. Thoughts? Is it easy to do. Do any external DVD drives work?

17th October 2012, 10:50 AM
How often you need a superdrive really depends on you... I've never needed to use it since I took mine out.

I did however backup my install discs that came with my mac on an external bootable drive so I can restore if need be.

External DVD drives work fine but the bundled apple dvd player software won't work without some tinkering. 3rd party dvd software works fine.

17th October 2012, 11:09 AM
Yer. I would rarely use mine. Can someone please post a link to a good guide that I could follow to install it in a white unibody mid-2010 MacBook.


17th October 2012, 12:07 PM
It'll be one of these, under 'replace superdrive'

MacBook Repair - iFixit (http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook)

If you're only having one ssd, remember that it should replace your HDD in the 'normal' drive slot. Macs don't seem to like booting off drives in the superdrive slot.

17th October 2012, 12:34 PM
Yer I have heard about that. Plus you get quicker speeds if the SSD is in the HDD spot rather than the Super Drive.

What are the best Brands for a 120GB. I have heard Crucial M4's are good. Any other suggestions?

17th October 2012, 12:45 PM
Intel and Samsung SSDs are a little more expensive than others but they're generally considered to be rock solid in terms of reliability and speed.

17th October 2012, 04:40 PM
Arghh theres too many options. As i read the reviews other excel in Read, where as there not as good in writing data. Each one is different. Any personal experience as to what others have? Im looking at spending around $150-$200MAX!!!


17th October 2012, 05:05 PM
Well personally I always go for the Samsung 830, intel 520 or intel 330 series in that order.

Honestly you're not really going to notice much speed difference in normal use, so I choose based on reliability.

Which SSD you go with out of those will obviously depend on size and price but you can find 256gb of those brands under $200 on sale.

17th October 2012, 08:37 PM
Looking through all the available laptops. I noticed that there all SATA III. After doing some research i found that the MacBook is only SATA II. Will SATA III SSD's work?


18th October 2012, 06:49 AM
I've heard that some SSDs need to be 'switched' to SATA II but the brands I mentioned above don't. They do it automatically.

18th October 2012, 08:50 AM
I have an OWC Electra SATA 3 SSD in my 2011 MBP. - It will automatically clock back to SATA 1. I've installed it into the HD cradle on my black Macbook 4,1 (which only has SATA 1) to upgrade its firmware, and it ran fine.

If you go down the Optical drive replacement route, check the negotiated link speed in System Profiler / System Information to see if you get SATA 2 speed from the optical drive connection. - If not then you need to put the SSD into the HD bay and the HD into the optical to get best performance.

18th October 2012, 09:59 AM
Sweet. Thought they would automatically clock back. I have ordered a 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD & 8GB RAM. I'll post a before and after video.


9th November 2012, 05:21 PM
Very interested to hear back once you get this up and running! Thinking about running a SSD+HDD setup in my late-2008 MBP :)

15th November 2012, 06:40 PM
Update: Feel the Sppppeeeeeedddddd:


15th November 2012, 08:22 PM
Cripes, makes quite the difference!
I'm still tossing up over whether I'll chuck an SSD into this MacBook Pro, or just sell it and upgrade to an Air. Nice to see how quick it could be with the SSD :D

15th November 2012, 09:34 PM
ya i was happy with the speed increase ;0

16th November 2012, 07:46 AM
I got a 240GB Sandisk the other day, they are on sale for $179 at Scorptec.

I've been umming and erring, but the below 200 price tipping me over the edge and I did it.

Best upgrade I've ever done on my 15" MBP.

Here's the link for those of you who are interested:
Sandisk 240GB Extreme SSD [SDSSDX-240G-Q25] - $179.00 - Scorpion Technology (http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/45904-sdssdx-240g-q25)

10th December 2012, 10:09 PM
Hmm, I'd be kind of tempted to replace the SSD in my late-2008 MBP if I could get it working at the 3Gbit speed (unfortunately it's stuck at 1.5Gbit for now). Any recommendations on models? 128GB should be plenty :)

12th February 2013, 10:37 AM
I'm planning to upgrade my 2009 Unibody MacBook white to 4GB/8GB of RAM this coming weekend as well, I'm only running Windoze on it at the moment for my programming needs :p I hope i don't screw up!

22nd February 2013, 05:50 PM
:o Just got word from RamCity that my MacBook now accepts 16GB of RAM :0 after swapping the CD Drive to a HDD that will be my next upgrade :)

28th February 2013, 08:51 AM
Was it a seamless process of swapping the HDD for an SSD? Anything to look out for?