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Jan 29, 2013 09:59 |  #1

hey guys

i am thinking of adding an SSD to my macbook. currently i have a 500GB WD Black drive, and the superdrive, so i am thinking of replacing the superdrive with a bracket and moving the HD there, and adding an SSD to the existing HD slot.

the macbook is SATAII so unfortunately i cannot get the max utility of the new crucial M4 or Intel 5XX series SSDs, as those are SATAIII.

can someone recommend a good SATAII SSD? the Intel 320 SSDs seem to be getting great reviews on newegg. also, some technical questions
- is there a specific controller i should look for?
- how do the recent SSDs fare with r/w operations? i remember reading a while back that SSDs suffer a high failure rate due to multiple read/writes

thanks!!


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Jan 29, 2013 11:12 |  #2

No one is really making SATA II SSDs, go SATA III it is backwards compatible.

....15+ SSD drives dating back to as far back as 5 years ago...I have had ONE finally die.

Intel currently has the LOWEST fault rate in the industry.


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Jan 29, 2013 11:59 |  #3

Crucial M4 SSDs are all I use and Ive no problems with them and they have all performed wonderfully.


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Jan 29, 2013 12:28 |  #4

I suggest you get the drive and Data Doubler from OWC (macsales.com).


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Jan 29, 2013 15:22 |  #5

so i just spoke to someone from OWC and apparently putting a SATAIII SSD into a macbook without SATAIII will cripple the drive to SATAI speeds....however SATAII works just fine. weird...


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Feb 11, 2013 10:30 |  #6

went with the samsung 830 128GB. R/W with HD was 90mb/s, now im getting 240mb/s for read, and 200 for write!!! well worth the investment, even on a SATAII connector!


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